West Virginia Assesses 85 Health Databases, Recommends Changes

Information for State Health Policy Program

During 1992 and 1993, the West Virginia's Information for State Health Policy (InfoSHP) project brought together a State Health Policy Task Force that met monthly and continues to meet quarterly.

The project provided information to the governor and the legislature and prepared a reference document that assessed 85 health-related databases. In addition, the project replicated a national model of measurements of health service delivery performance.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Information for State Health Policy national program.

Key Results: Key accomplishments of the project included the following:

  • Preparation of The Report of the Task Force to West Virginia Health Care Planning Commission, which continues to be a link in formulating a comprehensive overhaul of West Virginia's health services delivery system.
  • Publication of a comprehensive health data resource book for consumers, the West Virginia Health Care Database and Health Information System Reference Resource.
  • Replication of a model for measurements of health service delivery performance: Tracking the System: American Health Care, 1992 created by the National Committee for Quality Health Care.
  • Inclusion of task force recommendations in health reform legislation drafted for the West Virginia legislature; this legislation, however, did not pass in the 1993 legislative session.