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By Berly Laycox

While many areas of the New Jersey government and healthcare sector have electronic database systems to keep records, most of these databases are not connected to each other. Without a secure way of integrating their separate datasets, the potential for research and assessing system-level solutions for care remains largely untapped. To help address this issue, New Jersey enacted legislation in 2016 to create an integrated health data project.

Over the past two years, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy and the New Jersey Department of Health have worked together to implement New Jersey’s Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) project. The iPHD project seeks to create both a secure infrastructure and a protective governance model to support data work across multiple New Jersey departments. Ultimately, the project seeks to provide a more holistic picture of the many factors that affect health and uncover possible ways to reduce costs and improve health outcomes for our most challenged residents.

On June 13, 2018, Rutgers and the Department of Health convened policymakers, researchers, funders, and academic institutions from across the state in a forum to help inform the selection of iPHD’s initial research priorities. The organizations at the convening each hold separate programmatic data sets that can unlock insight into moving policy and programmatic strategies forward. Aaron Truchil, Director of Strategy and Analytics for the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, presented on how the our integrated data system merges individual-level data from across such sectors as health, criminal justice, and other social services.

The Camden Coalition’s integrated data work has served as a catalyst for much of the work of the iPHD. While the Coalition has successfully brought together local partners in South Jersey to share and learn from data, more work needs to be done at the state level. We look forward to working with Rutgers and the Department of Health to help propel this project forward.

Aaron Truchil serves as the Director of Strategy & Analytics at the Camden Coalition, where he oversees the organization’s data and research activities, including the Coalition’s integrated data system that merges individual-level data from across sectors (health, criminal justice, and other social services), the Coalition’s shared savings performance evaluations, and a variety of applied health services research initiatives aimed at developing an evidence base around community-based care and cost management initiatives.

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