NHA and UNMC announce health data collaboration

The Nebraska Hospital Association and UNMC have announced a new health data collaboration agreement that will make aggregate Nebraska hospital data available to academic researchers and students.

“The Nebraska Hospital Association is very excited about the impact this partnership with UNMC will have on the health of Nebraskans. This is a historic day for health care in our state,” said NHA President Jeremy Nordquist. “Researchers will be able analyze key hospital data to further enhance public health in Nebraska, address rural and minority health disparities, and identify trends in chronic disease.

“This is the first time Nebraska hospitals and academics have had such a robust data partnership, and the NHA is proud to collaborate with UNMC on this important effort.”

Through this arrangement, UNMC faculty and researchers will be able to access NHA’s data portal to investigate health trends and submit requests for health data for research projects. Data will be updated and available quarterly through this reporting and analytics platform; information will be de-identified with no individual patient data being shared.

At the forefront of this agreement is the opportunity to enhance public health research and quality of care for all Nebraskans.

“Innovative research is central to UNMC’s mission, but improving the health of our community, nation and world is at the heart of all that we do,” said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD. “This collaboration will allow UNMC researchers to identify pathways for research that directly address the health trends and needs we see here in Nebraska.

“We hope that will result in more transformational research from our world-class investigators at the university, resulting ultimately in better health outcomes for the communities and populations we serve. We are very grateful for this historic opportunity to partner with the NHA for the benefit of the communities that we serve.”