The rapid transformation underway in the health care system has spurred national and state policy leaders to find strategies to organize and finance the delivery of health care in a way that addresses the Triple Aim of a better patient experience, improved population health, and lower healthcare costs. Since health care professionals comprise about 50% of the total costs of a healthcare system, particular attention is being paid to collecting data to inform how health professionals are educated and deployed. Unfortunately, in many states, we lack basic information about the health workforce, as well as the infrastructure for collecting such information.
This series of briefs aims to demonstrate the value of investing in systems to reliably gather health workforce data and examines how to best use workforce data to support policy, using North Carolina’s experience as an example.
- A North Carolina Overview
- Overview of how health workforce data are collected and analyzed to inform health workforce policy decisions in North Carolina
- Reports Used to Inform Policy in North Carolina
- Compendium of brief analytical papers from the Program on Health Workforce and Policy that use workforce data to answer policy questions and inform decisions for the state of North Carolina
- How Stakeholders Use Data in North Carolina
- Describes the stakeholders who use the Health Professions Data System in North Carolina to make decisions or allocate resources in the state
- Using Data to Evaluate the Need for New Educational Programs
- Details how data have been used to determine whether or not new health professions education programs are needed in the state