Incorporating Data into your CHNA
Data forms the strategic backbone of any Community Health Needs Assessment, which is vital to determining healthcare resource allocations. A successful assessment can not only give you a true diagnosis of your community’s health status, but it also provides detailed benchmarks to identify gaps in services and prioritize ways to improve access to care.
Reaching out to community leaders is key for a successful CHNA. Trusted resources of knowledge include:
- Government Officials
- School Board Members
- Non-profit leaders
- Social Services Workers
- Stakeholders who manage the CNA process
- Independent Community Members
Getting the information you need to complete an assessment is not easy. There are multiple hurdles to overcome when completing an assessment, including:
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- Time and Resource Requirements
Committing to a CNHA requires months of effort. This can be solved or mitigated by engaging volunteers and partnering with external organizations to assist you gather data, analyze it and present your findings. A third-party view can also help cover blind spots and provide a different perspective.
- Data Acquisition Difficulties
Data is vital to a CHNA, but it can be hard to get access to the trusted information you need. Compounding the issue, healthcare data is not standardized, making it hard to understand the limitations of different datasets.
- Data Analysis Hurdles
Mapping trends and parsing through the data to find meaningful insights is one of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of the CHNA process. You can mitigate this issue by leveraging a healthcare data analytics tool or working with healthcare consultants.
Whether you need access to raw data for your own analysis, specific reports, or analytical support, Intellimed is here to help. Here are some examples of how our cutting-edge data analytics tools and leading consulting team can support you:
Demographic and Service Area Reports
Identify your service area and region to better understand the community you serve with a clear demographic snapshot. Utilize age group growth projections to craft an assessment of health needs over time and prepare for changes in volume by service line. Identify where the most vulnerable community members live by mapping chronic and emergent disease prevalence by zip code.
Social Determinates of Health
Leverage data on socioeconomic indicators that impact the health of your community including average household income, covered lives and more. Promote health equity, identify vulnerable populations groups and work as a community to improve access to care by accurately representing the factors influencing health status. Create population health management programs to effectively distribute healthcare resources and meet vulnerable people where they are.
Visualize current and projected volume growth by service line to understand demand for services and providers in your community. Map chronic disease growth by zip code to identify populations most at risk of chronic diseases that will require more healthcare resources. Craft strategies to prepare for these shifts by investing in service lines to meet growing demand, make the case to hire more physicians by specialty and develop preventative care initiatives.
Identify Gaps in the Market
Pull from a variety of data sources including claims, discharge, demographic data and more depending on your location to get a real sense of where the gaps are in your local services. Quantify unmet demand by comparing your incidence and discharge rates to other parts of the country or state. Identify services and procedures not currently offered in your area that patients are traveling elsewhere for to determine if there is enough demand to support local service expansion.
Map and Reduce Outmigration
Identify what types of patients are leaving your community for care, the providers referring patients elsewhere, and what services patients are leaving for. Track patients across city, county and state lines to map which facilities, providers and physician groups are treating patients from your community. Leverage your findings to determine ways to improve access, grow your service lines based on demand and strengthen physician relationships.
Visualize your Data
Assessable and understandable graphics and visuals allow you to communicate and share your findings more easily with your community. That’s why Intellimed offers simple visualization tools that generate exportable graphs and tables with a click of your mouse.
Whether you want to supplement your existing team or outsource some of the CHNA process to save time, our team of experts is here to help you translate data into insights.
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