Data is the cornerstone of community health planning. We maintain the most complete source of health and health care data in the region and provide the expertise in population-based analytics needed to make sense of that information. Our analysis grounds community health conversations in a fact-based understanding of the health issues. Our databases include:
- Hospital inpatient discharges including PQI and readmit rates, ambulatory surgery and emergency department visits.
- Mortality vital statistics and years of potential life lost.
- Institutional cost reports for nursing homes, hospitals, CHHAs, LTHHCPs, and D&Ts.
- U.S. Census Bureau Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Annual Population estimates.
- Regional health insurance claims and statewide Medicaid claims and encounters.
- Capacity surveys of regional resources.
We bring together hospital systems, health insurers, county health departments, physician groups, consumers and other partners to review data and design community-wide solutions. Recent health roundtables we have hosted include:
- The Regional Consortium on Health Care Workforce Opens in a new window, which is working to identify the new skills and educational opportunities needed over the next decade in health care.
- The Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement, which identified population health, senior care and behavioral health integration as our community's most pressing needs.
- The SAGE Commission, which developed strategies for serving the area's burgeoning senior population.
- The African American and Latino health coalitions, which develop strategies for addressing health disparities in communities of color.
We are a recognized leader in collaborative health transformation on the national, state and local level.
- Practice transformation - Our organization is co-leading an effort to train more than 11,000 clinicians across New York State in the use of care management and teamwork to improve patient health. The $48.5 million Practice Transformation Network initiative also coaches practices in the use of electronic medical records to track results and drive improvement.
- Community programs - Common Ground Health is home to such innovative health campaigns as Healthi Kids Opens in a new window and the High Blood Pressure Collaborative Opens in a new window, initiatives that give consumers tools to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
- Population health - We are designated by New York State as the region's Population Health Improvement Program contractor and tapped to provide technical assistance to the 10 other PHIP contractors statewide.