The New Jersey Hospital Association has unveiled a new data and informatics center with the aim of better understanding some of the state’s most pressing health challenges.
NJHA’s Center for Health Analytics, Research and Transformation, or CHART, will collect information from a variety of sources and apply analytics and predictive modeling “to identify and better understand underlying problems and work with its members, policy experts and others to explore solutions,” the association said in a release.
Sean Hopkins will lead the data center and has been appointed senior vice president of CHART. Joe Carr, NJHA’s chief information officer, will provide additional expertise.
“So many of the problems we see in health care today – racial and ethnic disparities, access to care barriers, variations in use of health care services, variables in access and funding of prevention and wellness – require a deeper dive into why,” said NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett in a prepared statement. “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.”
CHART’s first white paper, due to be released in the fall, is an in-depth evaluation of mental health and substance use claims data. Another of its early projects will focus on identifying pockets of the state where chronic diseases are driving people to hospitals.