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Integrated Data Benefits Both Patient Care and Population Health

By Sara Hallvik, MPH, Vice President, Data Solutions | Blog,  02/28/2023,   0 comments

Systems scientists have an adage that “everyone is right, but only partially so,” meaning that every person brings a unique perspective to a situation, but no one person can have the whole picture. This is true in health data systems as well. We have made great strides in data aggregation within health information exchanges (a tremendous benefit to personal health) and all-payer claims databases (a tremendous benefit to population health and health policy), but still, no single data source holds the whole health story both of an individual and a population. This distinction in use case(s) is important.

To benefit both personal and population health, we must integrate data across sources, time and geographies in a way that makes…



Health Data Interoperability: It is Time to Involve the Patient

By Richard Gibson, MD, PhD, Medical Director
Blog,  01/20/2023,   1 comment

Health information exchanges (HIEs) are increasingly successful at aggregating patients’ information for providers and hospitals. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Final Rule on the 21st Century Cures Act requires HIEs to allow patients to have access to all their data at no cost. The Delaware Health Information Network has already built a patient portal called Health Check Connect. Now is time for all HIEs to do the same.

Patients stand to…


A Blueprint for Next Generation Utilization Management

By Dan Lessler, MD, MHA, FACP, Chief Clinical Officer
Blog,  10/26/2022,   0 comments

As much as the practicing medical community recoils at the thought of prior authorization (PA), the need to address inappropriate and unnecessary medical care remains paramount. In 2012, Berwick and Hackbarth estimated the cost to society of overtreatment to be between $158 billion and $226 billion. A 2019 update to this estimate approximated the cost of overtreatment or low-value care to be between $75.7 billion and $101.2 billion. (The latter study used more conservative cost assumptions…

Celebrating National Recovery Month
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Health Data Interoperability: We Have the Tools We Need — Let’s Use Them
Health data interoperability can encompass different types of data: Clinical data, social determinants of health (SDOH) data, community-based organization (CBOs) services and… more
Addressing Social Determinants of Health Through Multisector Collaborations and Community Engagement
Even before COVID-19, we knew that where a person lived impacted their health and well-being. But the pandemic has laid bare profound health disparities caused by structural… more
Modernizing Data Governance to Meet Population Health Needs
Over the last two years, public health data systems have been recognized for their ability to provide valuable insight into the pandemic. However, there are many other critical… more
Addressing Substance Use in the Working Population
In the United States, an estimated 11 million people struggle with substance use disorder (SUD). More commonly referred to as addiction, SUD is a complex medical condition where a… more
Person-Directed Care: A New Way of Thinking
As a practice coach, I have been teaching and preaching the virtues of patient-centered care in primary care settings for over a decade. Patient-centered care is a method intended… more
Three Ways Health Care Organizations Can Use Data to Promote Health Equity
Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Better Maternal Health Means Providing Better Care Before Pregnancy
Sara will be moderating the panel discussion “Using Linked Health Data Sets for Population Health Science” at the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) annual… more
How Misinformation Leads to Vaccine Hesitancy
We’re back for part two of our series with Dr. John H. Vassall, physician executive for Quality, Safety and Equity.
How to Address Vaccine Hesitancy With Your Loved Ones
As vaccinations ramp up, so do our hopes of putting the pandemic behind us. But our path to a post-pandemic Washington requires an all-in effort. And it’s one that may hit close… more