• North Carolina Health Professions Data System – One of the most comprehensive and few continuously maintained state-level data systems available to track the supply and distribution of health professionals in the nation, this up-to-date inventory of all licensed health professionals in the State has been used continuously for the past 29 years for planning and evaluation of health professions distribution. Each year, the Sheps Center has produced an annual publication entitled A Special Report on Health Care Resources in North Carolina: North Carolina Health Professions Data Book. In recent years a companion publication, Health Professions Supply by County Pocket Guide, has been released in tandem with the annual databook. These publications are widely used by state policymakers, researchers, media, and professionals in the health care industry as the official source of health professions statistics in North Carolina. Link to NC Health Professions Data Systems web site: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/hp
Project Director: Erin P. Fraher, M.P.P.
Funding Source: NC Area Health Education Centers Program and UNC-CH Office of the Provost (Health Affairs)
Total Program Period: 10/74 – on-going
• Hospital Discharge Data Analysis – This project supports the oversight and regulatory mission of the North Carolina Division of Facility Services by providing an assessment of the ongoing quality of the data submitted by North Carolina hospitals through the authorized data vendors. The project incorporates multiple analytical tasks related to the understanding of trends in hospitalization and ambulatory surgery. These include the description of patterns of use, causes of hospitalization, types of procedures and outcomes. Risk adjustment procedures are incorporated into outcomes analysis and assessment of quality. Substantial interaction with policy makers and the providers of the data, both in structuring the analyses and in presenting the results, is an important part of the project.
Principal Investigator: Sandra B. Greene, DrPH
Funding Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Facility Services
Total Project Period: 11/02 – 06/13