AISP Q&A with Martin Love, CEO of North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN)

Questions for Martin Love, CEO of North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN), a not-for-profit health information exchange partnered w/the Humboldt County DHHS-SS and Humboldt Housing and Homeless Coalition working to reduce emergency department utilization by a utilizer population.  Background on North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN):  NCHIIN is a California non-profit…

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Camden Coalition: Sharing data across sectors for better complex care

Camden Coalition: As we launch our national center, we are working to convene experts in complex care— caring for patients with complex health and social needs— across the country, and to elevate cross-sector collaborations that already exist. One national collaboration that we are a part of is All In: Data for Community Health (All In),…

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CMS Releases Medicare Data for Quality-Based Metrics

CMS has released new data on ethnic and racial backgrounds of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, which will allow for analysis related to quality-based metrics within various populations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is further attempting to innovate and improve medicine through quality-based metrics, as the CMS Office of Minority Health has released new…

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J-PAL North America launches health care delivery innovation competition

MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America has launched a new Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition that will support U.S. federal, state, and local health agencies and other health care organizations in developing compelling and reliable evidence of the impact of innovative programs. The J-PAL Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition will support visionary health…

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Fusing Randomized Trials With Big Data – The Key to Self-learning Health Care Systems?

Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have revolutionized medicine by providing evidence on the efficacy and safety of drugs, devices, and procedures. Today, more than 40 000 RCTs are reported annually, their quality continues to increase, and oversight mechanisms ensure adequate protection of participants. However, RCTs have at least 4 related problems: (1) they are too expensive and…

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Camden ARISE studies dual-system high-utilization

In a recent visit to Camden, President Barack Obama praised the Camden County Police Department for its success in community policing and highlighted the opportunity to use data to explore patterns, improve services, and tackle tough-to-solve problems. Through Camden ARISE (Administrative Records Integrated for Service Excellence), the Coalition is partnering with the city’s police to…

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3 Questions: Amy Finkelstein on testing health care systems

Amy Finkelstein, an MIT economist, explains why randomized trials can improve medical care. “About 80 percent of studies of U.S. medical interventions use randomized controlled trials (RCTs), the gold standard of laboratory research. But only about 18 percent of studies of U.S. health care delivery use RCTs. That can and should change, suggests Amy Finkelstein,…

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Camden, NJ Project Seeks Better Health and Safety Through Data-Sharing

For close to a decade, a group of Camden health-care providers has used a database of information culled from the city’s three hospitals to evaluate medical costs, identify hot spots in neighborhoods, and develop outreach programs. Soon, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers will also be able to look at data from the criminal justice…

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RCTs for Health Care Delivery Improvement

A recent NY Times article highlights the use of randomized control trials (RCTs) as an important tool in identifying methods for improving  health care delivery. The article notes that the current use of RCTs for this is rare, but identifies researchers that are currently utilizing this method and obtaining results that have lead to cost and…

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Open Movement in NY Exemplifies Data Uses

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently featured an article detailing open data in the State of New York. The article, “Liberating Data to Transform Health Care: New York’s Open Data Experience,” describes an open data revolution promoting data that’s publicly accessible, available in multiple formats, and free of charge, with unlimited use and…

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IDS Has Potential to Improve Public School Rating System

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) published an article that emphasized integrated data systems (IDS) as a worthwhile tool that can be used to better rate public schools. NYC schools are often labeled as successes or failures. Research indicates this rating is inadequate because academic performances are compared only to other schools with similar demographics….

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DSHS Services Mitigates Likelihood of Postsecondary Education for High School Graduates

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), with collaboration from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has published a study describing higher education enrollment patterns among youth recipients of health and social services. The report utilizes data in the year following the 2008-09 Washington State public high school graduation. The study…

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