As HSSC expands its focus to include a more implementation-centered approach to improve patient care and population health (see “HSSC new strategic plan” [left]), the organization is making tremendous progress in establishing a complex and powerful biomedical informatics infrastructure that will be used by health researchers throughout the state. This infrastructure underpins HSSC’s efforts to improve healthcare through the use of data-driven, evidence-based research.
A central aspect of this infrastructure is the clinical data warehouse (CDW). The CDW comprises a range of components, each of which will play a crucial role in managing, organizing, and providing useful access to the patient data that is generated by HSSC’s collaborating hospitals.
In early 2010, HSSC’s hospitals signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to provide their data into the CDW, but the parties are still working out precisely how researchers and other health professionals will be allowed to make use of that data, which for now is simply being stored, but not accessed. [ more ]