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NJ Hospital Association Launches Big Data Analytics Center

The new facility will use big data analytics to identify healthcare gaps for patients in New Jersey.

New Jersey Hospital Association launches a big data analytics center

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By Jessica Kent

- The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has launched a new center that will use big data analytics techniques to identify and address gaps in care.

The NJHA Center for Health Analytics, Research, and Transformation (CHART) will apply predictive modeling and analytics to multiple sources of data to better understand underlying socioeconomic and community issues that may impact patient access to care and long-term outcomes.  

CHART seeks to place NJHA at the forefront of emerging issues so that the Association can partner with members, legislators, and other organizations for proactive responses.

“So many of the problems we see in healthcare today – racial and ethnic disparities, access to care barriers, variations in use of healthcare services, variables in access and funding of prevention and wellness – require a deeper dive into why,” said NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett.

“One of the ways we get closer to answering that question is to have solid data that shows us the root causes of these problems. We can then support design of solutions that address the foundation of the problem, rather than the symptoms.”

In the fall of 2018, CHART will release its first white paper, an in-depth evaluation of mental health and substance use claims data. This project aims to determine the geographic magnitude of the issue, while also identifying the areas in need of improved care coordination.

Additionally, the center will work to highlight communities where high numbers of chronic disease patients end up in the hospital. Stakeholders could then target strategies and programs in these areas to help keep individuals healthy.

“The costs of chronic diseases are far too high, for both individuals and for the healthcare system. But it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Sean Hopkins, Senior Vice President of CHART.

“Our goal is to use data in a new way to educate providers of all types, as well as policymakers and opinion leaders, to facilitate communication and care coordination where there are opportunities for proactive change for improved chronic disease management.”

CHART’s publications, including white papers, reports, and policy recommendations, will aim to help providers re-imagine the healthcare delivery system.

In addition, the center will foster collaborative discussions among leaders in healthcare, government, and community organizations, allowing them to come up with innovative strategies to improve patient care.

“NJHA and its Board recently embraced a new mission – to improve the health of the people of New Jersey,” said Bennett.

“To help fulfill that mission, we need actionable information, greater insight, innovative approaches and timely action. CHART sets us up to deliver that.”

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