The Consortium for State and Regional Interoperability, a collection of the nation’s largest nonprofit health data organizations, released the CSRI Health Data Utility Maturity Model last week at the HIMSS23 conference and exhibition.
CSRI aims to address the most pressing public health challenges facing states across the country – including maternal health disparities, the opioid use disorder epidemic and infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19 – with a tiered model of the characteristics and services of a health data utility that can be leveraged by state and other healthcare stakeholders.
Services offered by health data utilities within states can range from clinical data exchange and electronic health record integrations, public health services, claims exchange, research and academic services and quality and public health reporting certification.
The CSRI HDU Maturity Model is a tool that the industry can use to standardize the HDU concept, communicate about it with existing health data organizations, state governments and other stakeholders and strategic guidance to inform planning and strategic decision-making for the future of state health information exchange.
“The United States is a global technology leader, but our nation’s health and policy establishment has been unable to fully realize the return on investments in our health IT infrastructure to improve the health and well-being of our communities,” Morgan Honea, CSRI president and executive vice president of Denver-based Contexture, said in the announcement.
“Each state should have a statewide health data utility,” added John Kansky, CSRI board officer and president and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange.
“While most states have organizations and assets that help meet health data needs, we all have work to do and gaps to fill. It’s my hope that this maturity model helps guide all states toward a unified health data utility, regardless of their starting point,” he said.
Founding CSRI health data organizations also include Baltimore-based CRISP, Omaha-based CyncHealth and Emeryville, California-based Manifest MedEx.
Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.
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