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Michigan’s Department of Community Health has designed a new executive information system to make accessing information easier. The new system, designed by the Medstat Group in Ann Arbor, MI, is structured to give the state the tools and information to analyze and measure the effectiveness of programs, more readily detect fraud and overlapping coverage, and improve the overall financial management of major programs such as Medicaid. The system will enable the department to provide reports to lawmakers and taxpayers explaining some of the state’s largest programs, officials say. The new system will eventually allow the department to access and analyze raw data from different computer platforms and applications stored in a data warehouse and then convert them into information for upper management, state officials say.
State officials say the department will use the information to help make policy decisions. For instance, managers will be able to view summary information to identify where changes might be necessary. Policy and budget analysts will be able to analyze data to see how Michigan compares to other states. Managed care specialists also should be able to use the system to measure the performance of health plans. The system also should offer overviews of services that individuals or groups are receiving. In addition to Medicaid, the department provides services for the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program, the Michigan Childhood Immunization Registry, and the Community Mental Health Programs.