UConn and CTHealthLink Team to Advance Health Care Analytics

CTHealthLink (CTHL), the Connecticut State Medical Society’s (CSMS) robust health information exchange (HIE), announced today that it has executed a teaming agreement to explore opportunities to incorporate technologies developed by the UConn School of Nursing’s Analytics and Information Management Solutions (AIMS).

Specifically, UConn AIMS has developed the Core Data Analytics Solution (CDAS), an innovative integration of industry leading technology systems and services to deliver advanced, foundational information management systems and rapid analytics services for health care applications. CDAS provides the capabilities to enhance health information sharing and to support sophisticated analytics to yield improved health outcomes and cost efficiencies. CTHealthLink is particularly interested in exploring CDAS analytic tools for connecting medical claims to clinical data. By linking the quality of healthcare to its cost, HIEs are in a unique position to provide wide-ranging benefits to patients, providers, and policymakers.

“The ongoing goal of AIMS is to leverage the power and value of data and make it accessible to those who need it, and then use that accessible data to make decisions about how to effectively and efficiently provide services,” said School of Nursing Dean Deborah Chyun. “Collaborating with CTHealthLink is a natural progression of our mission to foster interprofessional evidence-based practice and advance the health of individuals in our communities.”

The maturity of CTHealthLink’s technology provides a natural basis for a partnership with UConn. CTHealthLink is part of the KONZA National Network and provides comprehensive health information technology services including health information exchange and data analytics. “Established HIEs are well beyond the stage of figuring out what data health care providers need and creating mechanisms to get them that information,” said Robert Aseltine Ph.D., CTHealthLink Board Chair and professor at UConn Health. “Ultimately the question is what can you actually do with the information, and combining these technology platforms has the potential to improve the health of Connecticut’s citizens while also identifying cost-effective approaches to healthcare.”

Laura McCrary, Ed.D President and CEO of KONZA, Inc., CTHealthLink’s technology vendor, said “CTHealthLink has benefitted in many ways from its connection with UConn, beginning with our efforts to establish the HIE in Connecticut and now working together on challenging issues related to behavioral health and suicide. We are excited at the prospect of expanding this connection to include the CDAS platform. One aspect of UConn’s technology that has particular appeal is in the opportunity to link medical claims with clinical data. As value-based payment arrangements are becoming much more common across the country, these kinds of analytic capabilities will be in high demand.”

“I am thrilled to work with the University of Connecticut on this important initiative,” said Dr. Gregory Shangold, President of the Connecticut State Medical Society. “I am delighted at the prospect that CTHealthLink may be able to utilize UConn’s sophisticated analytics platform to advance health information exchange for the benefit of Connecticut’s physicians and patients.”

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