About the Council
The Florida Health Information Systems Council was created by the Information Resource Management Reform Act passed during the 1997 legislative session. The purpose of the Council is to facilitate the identification, collection, standardization, sharing and coordination of health-related data among federal, state, local and private entities. The Council consists of representatives of state agencies, boards and county health departments, the Florida Association of Counties, and the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation.
Currently, data is collected by a wide variety of entities, such as State and Federal public health agencies and other health-related organizations. This data is used to assess program outcomes, identify processes for improvement, and to support program operations and managerial decision-making. In the past, program administrators reported a lack of confidence in the data used to support health-related management decisions and plan organizational strategies. It is imperative that managers have the ability to measure program outcomes and have confidence in the reliability of those results. Sharing quality health-related data and improving access to information enhances planning and will assist managers in program evaluation and performance measurement.