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Using Data and Information Systems in Partnered Research

Application of Basic Supply/Demand Concepts to CDW Data to Optimize Staffing and Access at VHA Medical Centers

by Taeko Minegishi, PhD(c), MS ; Steven Pizer, PhD ; Christine Yee, PhD
Seminar date: 11/15/2016

Description: The Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) uses rigorous data analytics to evaluate and improve the quality and efficiency of VA healthcare. In this presentation, PEPReC investigators explore the effects of a hiring initiative on wait times for mental health appointments using basic supply/demand concepts. They will also describe how they identified appropriate VA data sources and merged CDW data with external data sources to create analytic datasets. The findings from the study suggest strategies to optimize the level of mental health clinician staffing to improve access to VHA medical centers. Objectives: • Learn the basic concepts of supply/demand and its application to VA access issues. • Learn how external data sources can be combined with CDW to create analytic datasets.

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