The New Jersey Hospital Association in the USA has launched a data and informatics center that will use big data analytics techniques to identify and address gaps in healthcare for New Jersey’s citizens.
The NJHA Center for Health Analytics, Research, and Transformation (CHART) will apply predictive modeling and analytics to reams of big data to better understand underlying problems and to help its staff and policy experts explore solutions.
“So many of the problems we see in healthcare today – racial and ethnic disparities, access to care barriers, variations in the 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 the design of solutions that address the foundation of the problem, rather than the symptoms.”
Helping People with Chronic Diseases
One of CHART’s projects will use analytics to find locations where chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes are driving people to hospitals. Chronic diseases are costly both to the individual and to the healthcare system.
• Approximately 50% of adults suffer from one or more chronic diseases.
• They are among the most preventable health problems.
• More than 75% of annual healthcare expenditure in the USA is for people with chronic and mental health problems.
The hope is that by understanding and leveraging the data chronic disease management will be improved, something that will benefit both patients and healthcare providers.