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Alaska Health Care Commission: Health Information Infrastructure White Paper

This white paper provides a background on Alaska's hospital infrastructure and how more facilities can be encouraged to participate in reporting to hospital discharge databases.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) governs sharing of the hospital discharge data, providing for data security and confidentiality and assuring use for public health purposes.

The paper states there is an insufficient number of hospitals in Alaska reporting to the database, which means that a full statewide analysis of data for population health and health care cannot be completed.

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