Health Care Evaluation in a Government Agency: Goals, Organization, and Software

The demands on the Manitoba Health Services Commission to provide timely data to assist government, health boards, planners and service providers have been increasing. Users have wanted a system to provide easy manipulation of data to address questions of cost containment without compromising quality of care, of difference in utilization across areas, and of program evaluation. Such problems are similar across provinces, as are the data sets available to address them -- hospital admissions/separations, physician claims, personal care home records, and so forth.