Health Workforce Data and Policy Briefs Series

February 2017

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.


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