Data and Analytics

As governors reform their states health systems to improve outcomes and reduce costs, having high quality data, policies that promote data sharing, robust data systems, and appropriate governance in place to support and inform those efforts is imperative to success. Further, as state leaders increasingly recognize the importance of addressing the social determinants of health, such as employment and housing, the ability to share data across programs is critical. Usable and timely data are essential not only to operationalizing cross-cutting initiatives but also to monitoring gains in quality and efficiency. To support states in building data strategies that support their broader policy goals, NGA Health provides technical assistance to support foundational data sharing activities including:

  • Increasing interoperability within health care and across sectors;
  • Establishing clear policy goals for information sharing;
  • Developing a strong governance structure;
  • Overcoming legal and privacy barriers; and
  • Identifying sustainable financing opportunities.

Publications and Resources

Projects and Meetings

  • Using Data to Combat the Opioid Epidemic: A Roundtable Discussion with State Public Safety and Public Health Experts |October 2018
  • Harnessing the Power of Data to Achieve State Policy Goals: The Foundation for State Success in Improving Quality and Reducing Costs | April 2018 – December 2019
    • Harnessing the Power of Data to Achieve State Policy Goals: Multi-State Convening | October 2018
  • Getting the Right Information to the Right Health Care Providers at the Right Time – How States Can Improve Data Flow | 2016 – 2017
  • State Strategies for Reducing Overdose and Deaths from Heroin and Illicit Fentanyl: Improving Information Sharing and Data Analysis Between Law Enforcement and Public Health | August 2016
  • Experts Roundtable on Health Data Privacy and Interoperability | April 2016
  • Medicaid Data Experts Roundtable: Using State Purchasing to Enhance Data Systems Performance | November 2015
  • Building a Transformed Health Care Workforce: Moving from Planning to Implementation | 2014 – 2015