An Information System Supporting Health Manpower Planning in Illinois

by Frederick W. Blackwell, Patricia D. Fleischauer

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Description of the information system developed for the Illinois Health Education Commission for the support of health planning in the areas of manpower, facilities, and education. Three major types of files are described. The manpower file contains extensive data on several health manpower categories: dentists, physicians, nurses, and veterinarians. Procedures for obtaining and using files are indicated. The health facilities file contains data on all hospitals and other health facilities in the state, together with related data on internship and residency programs. The health education file is a comprehensive source of information on all health education programs in Illinois, ranging from physicians and dentists to health technicians and assistants. The information system is designed so that each file can be used singly as well as in combination with other files. Philosophy and objectives of the design are discussed with respect to both present and future systems.

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