Managed care data and public health: the experience of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound

Annu Rev Public Health. 1998;19:477-91. doi: 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.19.1.477.


Traditional group and staff model HMOs have contributed to public health investigations for decades. HMOs offer several advantages for this type of research because of their defined population and provider groups and the integrated nature of care delivery in these organizations. Traditional HMOs have also made investments in sophisticated data systems to support evidence-based care that is supported by high-quality clinical data available in automated information systems. This paper reviews why traditional HMOs are ideal places to conduct public health research and analyzes how recent market trends may threaten this role for managed care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Maintenance Organizations / organization & administration*
  • Health Maintenance Organizations / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Maintenance Organizations / trends
  • Humans
  • Information Systems
  • Models, Organizational
  • Public Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Public Health / trends
  • Research Support as Topic
  • United States
  • Washington