Health Care Data 101 Guide

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) developed this informational guide to provide an overview of common terms used when discussing health care data to promote a shared vocabulary across sectors. Given the diversity and complexity in health care data systems, this guide serves as a starting point for non-health sector professionals who want to further investigate the health care data available in their local communities and consider how to best leverage it to tackle priorities identified by multi-sector partnerships.

This guide answers questions such as:

  • Who collects and uses health care data?
  • What are some common types of health care data?
  • How is health care data stored and what systems are used to store it?
  • What are typical uses of health care data?
  • How can different organizations access health care data?
  • What data are available in my local community?


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