RI Dept. of Health Seeking Input in New Community Survey

Wednesday, September 09, 2015


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Nicole Alexander-Scott

The Rhode Island Department of Health is inviting community members to take part in a new online survey about experience with healthcare services. The survey, also available in Spanish, is for Rhode Islanders ages 18 and older and is an evaluation of health services to better understand healthcare capacity and access to it in Rhode Island.

“As we work to make our healthcare system stronger and more efficient, we need to make sure we address the health priorities and needs of Rhode Islanders. We know that people are busy, so we’ve designed this survey to take less than five minutes. We want to hear from as many Rhode Islanders as we can so we can focus our work in the most effective ways," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH.

The Rhode Island Department of Health has sent a series of legislatively mandated targeted surveys to healthcare facilities and practices across the state from primary care to nursing facilities and hospitals. This is the first time that the state has conducted an extensive assessment of Rhode Island's healthcare delivery system.

“We are at a critical crossroad in planning for the future of healthcare in our state. Rhode Islanders are fortunate to benefit from nationally-recognized clinicians and clinical services. But how we utilize, pay for, and potentially expand healthcare services needs to be evaluated in a thoughtful and strategic way. At every level of government, our focus is on improving outcomes and quality, as well as ensuring predictability and value for businesses and taxpayers," said Elizabeth Roberts, Health and Human Services Secretary.

The Rhode Island Department of Health will issue a report in the coming months that will incorporate the feedback of the survey.

Rhode Islanders can also share their experience during two community listening sessions in September.

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