Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights

Building a national Culture of Health is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) central focus. A Culture of Health is one where all are enabled to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come. RWJF believes deeply in the importance of research, evaluation, and learning to build a transdisciplinary evidence base that helps inform efforts to improve health, well-being, and equity. And, RWJF recognizes that access to rich data is a cornerstone of producing such timely and objective research.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new signature research program, Health Data for Action (HD4A), supported by AcademyHealth, made two highly valued health datasets from either the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) or athenahealth available to awardees. The first round of HD4A funded six innovative, rigorous research studies that leverage health data to draw actionable insights to help inform health policy and build a Culture of Health. Four of those grant recipients will be using HCCI data.

The 2018 HD4A Call for Proposals will be announced in early 2018. 

For questions, contact healthdataforaction@rwjf.org.

See below for descriptions of 2017 Awarded Grants that use HCCI data.

Improving Access and Reducing Financial Burden for Patients on Specialty Drugs
Grantee Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Anirban Basu, Ph.D.

Physician Consolidation and Its Effect on Specialist Care:  A Causal Analysis with Machine Learning
Grantee Institution: George Mason University
Principal Investigator: Alison Evans Cuellar, Ph.D.

Opioid Prescribing in Pediatric Surgical Patients
Grantee Institution: Emory University
Principal Investigator: Jason Hockenberry, Ph.D.

Utilization of Genetic Testing and its Downstream Effects Using Longitudinal Claims Analysis
Grantee Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Jack Needleman, Ph.D.