West Virginia Assesses 85 Health Databases, Recommends Changes

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.