Healthier Washington newsletter for January 2019

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Health systems data tools 

Events & webinars

  • Transportation: A Game Changer for Care Coordination (HealthierHere Partner Learning Webinar)
    Feb. 20, 12 - 1 p.m.
    Information and registration
  • Washington State Health Information Management Association annual meeting
    May 17 - 18,
    Spokane Valley, WA
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Announcing HCA Connect

  • A new blog from the
    Health Care Authority. 
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New data tool helps answer big health systems questions

Last spring, Healthier Washington data team - Analytics, Research and Measurement (ARM) - launched a "self-help" data tool to help answer questions critical to Medicaid Transformation. 

Called the "ARM Data Dashboard Suite," this tool provides information about Washington's Medicaid-enrolled population and Medicaid service providers. 

The dashboard's aggregated data shows statistical--not personal--information.

The dashboard enables searches by many criteria, making it easy for users to create custom data reports.

ACHs, providers, state agencies and the public can now find quick answers to questions such as:

  • What emergency departments are most used by Medicaid clients in Adams County? 
  • What are the most common reasons for hospitalization of Medicaid-covered children?
  • Where is the highest concentration of Medicaid-enrolled women?

The new dashboard suite is an example of how HCA is supporting Governor Inslee's "open data" priorities.

Meet the data dashboard

Data dashboard 2 sized

The new data dashboard is quickly proving its value:

  • Over 1,800 visits in the past 6 months
  • Over 450 users visited the Medicaid explorer page
  •  Over 350 users found emergency room provider information
  • Over 300 users found hospital information

Data partnerships

Creating evidence-based health systems transformation requires massive amounts of data - facts, statistics and analysis. In Washington State, designated teams work together to create a comprehensive data environment. 

At HCA, Analytics, Research and Measurement (ARM) leads data activities for the Healthier Washington program. Research and Data Analysis (RDA) does this work at the Department of Social and Health Services. The third data hub is the Department of Health. Here are a few examples of how these state agencies work together: 

  • The Healthier Washington Measures Dashboard is the product of ARM, RDA, and DOH.
  • RDA and HCA collaborate on Pay for Performance measures that support the Medicaid Transformation.
  • HCA and RDA, with help from DOH's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, are tackling the data and reporting requirements for the state's substance use disorder (SUD) initiative.