After reviewing Mississippi's health care information needs in Phase I, the state's Interagency Working Group (IWG) focused on several key areas for implementation in Phase II. These included:
- Developing a hospital discharge database.
- More effectively managing the state's Medicaid information system.
- Creating a uniform data set among community health centers and the Mississippi Department of Health.
- Establishing a health data center in the Department of Health.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Information for State Health Policy national program.
- The Comprehensive Data Enhancement Plan developed by the Interagency Working Group served as a guide to future enhancements of data systems and has been revised annually since 1993.
- The hospital discharge data center had been proposed as part of the unsuccessful legislation that proposed the hospital discharge data system; however, the enabling legislation failed to pass, and no such data center was formed. Nevertheless, some progress was made on other fronts:
- The project brought together people across agencies and the public and private sectors to discuss data issues and consider new ideas.
- The Medicaid analyses provided important information on the populations served, costs, quality of care and access to care.
- The community health center uniform data set helped directors to better understand their data and work toward improving it.