The New Mexico Health Information System (HIS), administered by the New Mexico Health Policy Commission (HPC), was established pursuant to the Health Information System Act, NMSA 1978 Section 24-14A-1 thru Section 24-14A-10. The purpose of the HIS is to collect, analyze, and disseminate health data and information for use by public and private entities in health planning and policy development. The HPC gives the highest priority to the collection of data to support informed healthcare decision-making throughout the state.
Pursuant to the HIS Act, the HPC collects information from various state departments and licensing boards and maintains the Geographic Access Data System (GADS). The GADS database includes licensure information regarding the healthcare professional workforce, primarily demographic information. The 2008 version of GADS is a newly developed database that has been designed to house all New Mexico healthcare professional licensure information over time and provide a means of reporting longitudinal studies on key workforce issues in the future.