Several leading health systems got together recently to announce the formation of Truveta, an independent company that will pool patient medical records from the participating health systems and analyze them for insights to drive healthcare outcomes. The announcement highlighted the benefits of sharing de-identified data for driving research, new therapies, and improved health outcomes.
In an initiative launched last year, UC San Francisco (UCSF) has created a data platform titled the UCSF Health Atlas that leverages over 150 social determinants of healthcare variables. The data, which comes from public sources, covers California residents and attempts to correlate health outcomes with highly granular data on where individuals live. The data is layered on EHR data and intends to provide researchers and clinicians invaluable insights into the nexus of social factors and health, especially for vulnerable and low-income populations.