Data Access for Population Health Improvement

A key to improving health and the quality and efficiency of health care is accurate and timely data. Health data must be appropriately secured and protected, but excess regulation and outdated policies interfere with the appropriate use of this information to improve health and decrease healthcare costs. 

The purpose of this project is to identify and recommend strategies for Texas that would improve the appropriate access and use of health-related data (while maintaining data security) to drive population health improvement. Specific focus will be on access to vital statistics, Medicaid, and Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) data sets.

Areas that will be evaluated include:

  1. Federal and state statutes

  2. Agency policies

  3. Processes (data request, data use, accountability – quality control and assurance)

  4. Infrastructure, including data architecture

  5. Funding and other resources (appropriations, contracts, in-kind, etc.), and

  6. Governance