The Department of Health and Human Services, through the health care data analysis section, shall:
(1) Conduct research using existing health care data bases and promote applications based on existing research;
(2) Work closely with health plans and health care providers to promote improvements in health care efficiency and effectiveness;
(3) Participate as a partner or sponsor of private-sector initiatives that promote applied research on health care delivery, outcomes, costs, quality, and management; and
(4) Provide technical assistance as needed.