CI:Now Director Laura McKieran participated in a panel discussion at the 2017 Healthcare Data Reporting Conference organized by HASA, the area health information exchange, to talk about and highlight the power of data sharing for community providers. CI:Now’s portion of the Community Benefits of a Central Health Data Repository panel discussion focused on the value proposition of connecting multiple community data sets to:

  • learn more about the health effects of risk factors (e.g., daily number and pattern of emergency room visits given daily air pollution levels),
  • explore intersections among issues to inform interventions (e.g., the effect on student absenteeism of student, sibling, and/or parent emergency room visits),¬†and
  • measure intervention outcomes (e.g., effect of a promotora program on 30-day readmissions; effect of an integrated care program on emergency room visits and hospital admissions by “high utilizer” individuals with serious mental illness)