Health is complex, and patients facing severe medical and social complexity often rely on multiple public systems and services. A new type of data system, called integrated data, can provide a more holistic picture of the many factors that affect health can help reduce costs and improve outcomes for our most challenged citizens.
Integrated data systems protect privacy and data security while providing the framework to link public data sets like housing, education, employment, and transportation. Because integrated data systems make use of data already collected by public entities, they offer a highly efficient way to evaluate pilot programs and reduce the costs of redundant or overlapping services. States such as Washington are currently implementing integrated data systems to build smarter health care systems statewide.
The GCC believes that integrated data has the potential to transform New Jersey’s health care delivery system, positioning the state to become the national model for delivering better care at lower costs to everyone, every day. We are advocating for legislation that will create a state-wide integrated population health database (iPHD), a small-scale database providing the infrastructure to link health data with social data on a project by project basis, allowing administrative datasets to be added as they are needed to address policy development, research, and evaluation priorities.