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Reminding and monitoring: new uses of administrative data for preventive care

Roos LL, Fedson DS, Roberts JD, Cohen MM. Healthc Manage Forum. 1996; 9(4):30-6.

This article illustrates how administrative data can be used to improve population health in an environment of fiscal constraint. In our universal single-payer health system, health care providers submit standardized data. This allows provinces to create health information utilities that generate population-based data that can be used for research and health care delivery. Although more study is needed to determine the cost-effectiveness of using such data to raise the rates of primary and secondary prevention, it appears that appropriately designed information systems could improve population health with relatively little additional cost.

Keywords: Data collection Data evaluation Public health