In response to growing local and national interest in health system performance improvement, the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Louisiana Public Health Institute have partnered to launch the Health Systems Analytics Research Center.
Lizheng Shi, Tulane associate professor, is co-director of the new Health Systems Analytics Research Center. (Photo by Rick Olivier)
As the first center of its kind in the region, the center will focus on improving health system performance through systematic analysis of health data related to human, technological and social factors affecting health outcomes.
Through the co-directorship of Lizheng Shi
, regents associate professor with the Tulane Department of Global Health Systems and Development
, and Anjum Khurshid, director of health systems at LPHI, the new center will provide advanced analytics capacity to enhance evidence-based decision making affecting public health, health policy and health systems.
“Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the environment more than ever is favorable for innovative ideas and systems changes for managing previously uninsured populations and for studying other needed reforms in population health using ‘big data,’” said Shi.
“With the combined resources of Tulane and LPHI
, the center has the potential to become a powerhouse for health systems analytics in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.”
He said the center will provide services for health plan administrators, government agencies, foundations and healthcare organizations. It will be involved in projects such as analysis of frequent use of emergency departments, examination of pharmacy data to study the effects of medication on patient health outcomes and the study of how medical homes impact the quality of clinical care.
The center also will create opportunities for experts from different disciplines to work collaboratively on issues related to health data analysis and its implications, as well as develop training opportunities for junior researchers and students at Tulane and other educational institutions.