Oct 20, 2021
Published in: Big Data, Volume 10, Issue S1, pages S9–S14 (September 2022). doi: 10.1089/big.2022.0205
Posted on RAND.org on September 14, 2022
The public is inundated with data, both in where data are ubiquitously collected and in how organizations are using data to drive public sector and commercial decisions. The public health data system is no exception to this flood of data, both in growing data volume and variety. However, what are collected and analyzed about the health status of the nation, how particular data and measures are prioritized for parsimony, and how those data provide a signal for where to invest to address health inequities are in dire need of a reboot. As with other articles in this supplement, this article builds from a literature review, an environmental scan, and deliberations from the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems. The article summarizes what data should be included and identifies where the technology and data sectors can contribute to fill current gaps to measure equity, positive health, and well-being.