The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released it latest publication: The need for statewide health care workforce data system (pdf, 3 pages).
It is widely understood and accepted that Ohio is facing a primary care workforce shortage across medical, dental and mental/behavioral health care. However, the workforce issue goes beyond the number of providers; it’s also about how care is delivered and how the workforce is distributed.
To address the issue effectively, however, Ohio policymakers need a system for collecting data on the existing workforce.
"A statewide health care workforce data system would give Ohio policymakers the ability to assess current and future supply and distribution of the health care workforce, and support the development of effective health care workforce policies," the brief states.