Performance Improvement 2000. Public Health Infrastructure


Examining Data Sharing Among State Governmental Health Agencies

Data that exist in a single agency, or in a single program of an agency, are no longer seen as sufficient to document the impact of increasingly complex programs or to answer the complex questions being asked about the impact of these programs. This report gathered information on how State health departments and mental health, substance abuse, and Medicaid agencies use and share existing data. The study examined the use and sharing of data in six States -- California, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington -- considered potential models for how to use data across State agencies. Overall, the study found that data sharing among State government health agencies is not occurring on a routine basis. These State agencies predominantly use only their own data, supplementing these data with data from other sources on an infrequent basis. One formidable barrier cited about data sharing, described by study respondents, was the lack of formal agreements between agencies for the purposes of data sharing. The report concludes with a list of 15 policy recommendations. The Public Health Functions Working Group and Steering Committee, with representatives from all of the former agencies of the Public Health Service, provided guidance to the project. (See PIC ID 6326.1 and 6326.2)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

FEDERAL CONTACT: Gottfried, Kate

PIC ID: 6326

PERFORMER: Public Health Foundation
Washington, DC