Initial findings from patient care data project released

Sept. 25, 2017 — Students and researchers at four universities and Sanford Research have released the findings from their study of real-time patient data.

The data, which is stripped of private information, was made available as part of the Sanford Data Collaborative, which gathered statistics from thousands of patient visits to Sanford facilities and allowed the academic institutions to study it for trends and insights. The study began in February.

“Sharing data and collaborating with regional universities like this is unprecedented,” said Emily Griese, Ph.D., a director at Sanford Research. “But that’s how we’ll move forward as a health care leader – by looking for unique solutions to patient care challenges.”

Sharing de-identified data with other institutions brings broader perspective to issues faced by patients, providers and systems. Sanford Research recognizes that collaboration can bring about solutions while still keeping patient privacy at the forefront.

The projects:

All projects are undergoing validation. Those with clear promise after validation will be implemented this fall. To ensure continued patient privacy, a privacy board was developed and contains legal and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act experts and community members.

“The possibilities using big data are endless,” said Allison Suttle, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for health services. “The ability to analyze it in real time, with the expertise of our regional universities, means we’ll better be able to answer key questions and provide more individualized care. We’re able to take something abstract – data – and make it personal, and that’s exciting.”

The Sanford Data Collaborative is a service of Sanford Research and is supported by Sanford Enterprise Data and Analytics. The 2017-18 project RFP will be available in September 2017.