New Jersey Hospital Association establishes data center

The New Jersey Hospital Association launched a new data and informatics center, which will focus on leveraging data to gain a better understanding of New Jersey's health challenges.

The NJHA Center for Health Analytics, Research and Transformation, or CHART, will gather data from numerous sources and use analytics and predictive modeling to identify health problems in the state. CHART will partner with members, legislators and healthcare and community organizations to develop solutions.

CHART will develop white papers, bulletins, reports, policy recommendations and roundtable discussions. Its first white paper, which will be released in the fall, will focus on an evaluation of mental health and substance use claims data. Another early project will center on identifying spots in the state where chronic diseases are sending people to the hospital.

Sean Hopkins, NJHA's senior vice president of federal relations and health economics, will lead CHART. NJHA CIO Joe Carr will offer additional expertise on health IT and policy.

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