Chronic Conditions Warehouse
Chronic Conditions Warehouse: Using Big Data to Combat Chronic Conditions
Chronic diseases and conditions are on the rise, including instances of hypertension and diabetes increasing from nine percent to 15 percent. A number of factors play a role in the increase in chronic conditions, including limited access to healthcare, individual behaviors and awareness of health risks, social and physical environments and genetics. To fully understand chronic conditions, how they affect local populations and how to improve overall population health, health service researchers, policy analysts and government organizations need secure access to healthcare data sources. This access enables the identification of trends, informed decision making and the formation of intervention strategies. By accessing data sources through virtual analytic environments, healthcare stakeholders benefit from the following:
- Researches can securely access information supporting studies aimed at improving quality of care and reducing healthcare costs
- Health policy analysts can access near real-time data to evaluate and assess health reform effectiveness and provide actionable feedback to decision makers
- Government organizations can review and address new service delivery models, supporting rapid-cycle evaluation activities
Increased access to a variety of data sources enables clinicians to make better decisions about local population health needs. Realizing the benefits of virtual health data environments, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services developed the Chronic Conditions Warehouse – one of the largest sources of healthcare data in the world – which provides a better understanding of the population’s health and improves quality of care.
General Dynamics Health Solutions, designed, built, secures and manages the Chronic Condition Warehouse. Through the development of the Virtual Research Data Center, researchers and policy makers have secure and real-time access to some of the richest health data in the world, including a secure environment to conduct cost effective data analytics and research.