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ERIC Number: ED150484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 31
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Reference Count: 0
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A Mental Health Information System and Its Use In Planning, Decision Making, and Management.
Senn, David J.; And Others
This paper describes an information system for managerial decision making which attempts to satisfy the data requirements of all 12 mental health comprehensive services. The essential characteristics of an on-line computer information system are presented with the emphasis upon the use of the system by directors and managers for program planning, management, and decision making. A distinguishing characteristic of this management information system is its simplistic, yet elaborate nature. This apparently contradictory phrase illustrates the strength and flexibility of the system. It is simple in design, in data requirements, and in the number of forms used. On the other hand, it is elaborate in terms of the quantity and quality of information produced for use by program directors and individual staff persons. Following an overview of the system, the major sources of input into the system are described along with a simplified introduction to the organization of the data base. Output, in the form of reports generated by the system, is also discussed. Finally, the application and use of the information system on a day-to-day basis by center directors and program managers is examined. (Author)
David J. Senn, Department of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 29631
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (Hollywood, Florida, May 4-7 l977)