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Shaping a health statistics vision for the 21st century; final report, November 2002
  • Published Date:
    November 2002
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, Dept. of Health and Human Services., Data Council. ; United States, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. ; National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
  • Description:
    Information is the essential, invisible infrastructure upon which public health and health policy is built. Yet, the role of health information is poorly articulated, and the processes and mechanisms through which our nation manages information and translates it into effective policies and programs are poorly understood.

    Two recent reports seek to redress this problem. First, in November 2001 the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) published Information for Health: A Strategy for Building the National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII). The NHII report outlines strategic directions to share information and knowledge appropriately, when and where needed. The interconnections and utility of a functioning NHII can, with foresight, planning and vision, improve the public’s health and health care.

    Now, the attached report Shaping a Health Statistics Vision for the 21st Centurydescribes a strategic vision for health statistics and the health statistics enterprise in the U.S. Health statistics are numerical data that characterize the health of the population and the influences and actions that affect the health of the population. Health statistics can be used to create fundamental knowledge and to guide health policy and programs. This report, developed through a partnership of the NCVHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Data Council draws on a national consultative process that involved numerous stakeholders in the health statistics enterprise. It also includes NCVHS recommendations for implementing this vision and calls for stronger integration and coordination in order to improve health statistics and ultimately the nation’s health.

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