In this paper, the authors encapsulate and formalize the thinking and processes involved in selecting a data management system for the Health Insurance Study (HIS). The types of information processed, and its sources and quantities are discussed, together with a number of key decisions affecting the decision to employ general-purpose commercially available software. The HIS design philosophy is described relative to several general categories of systems on the market. Other areas covered are the problems of reviewing software packages; the development of data management analysis; the actual process of collecting information on data management systems; and the analysis performed to determine a classification and a functional usefulness score for each system. Candidate systems that the evaluation process showed to be of interest were subjected to a final evaluation that resulted in a recommended software acquisition. The configuration and purpose of the proposed software are presented. (See also R-965.)
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