New York Builds System to Analyze Health Data by Region

Information for State Health Policy Program

From 1992 to 1997, the New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH), the designated lead agency for the InfoSHP project, sought to make permanent improvements to the state's health infrastructure, particularly in access to primary care.

In Phase I, the Department of Health staff created the Health Policy Information Consortium, a group of private and public health agencies that shape New York's health policies. In Phase II, the Department dedicated its work to supporting the consortium and implementing data improvements.

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

Key Results

Staff at the Department of Health accomplished the following:

  • A statewide population health survey.
  • A health accounts system to track expenditures by payer and provider.
  • A geographic information system (GIS) to assess the need for primary and preventive care.
  • A longitudinal multi-agency database linking alcohol and substance abuse treatment files for pregnant women to vital statistics data.