Health Informatics

Technology is revolutionizing how health care works and the way health is measured. Health care informatics draws on the fields of engineering, computer science, communications, and organizational theory to integrate and streamline health care. New sensor technology transforms how caregivers monitor patients, and patients monitor themselves. Electronic health records give us powerful new tools to document information from clinical encounters, share it with other providers, and use it to improve care. Advanced scanning and software tools allow handwritten records to be digitized and used for a wide variety of clinical and research purposes.

NORC partners with state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and others to conduct program evaluations, provide technical assistance, and facilitate strategic planning in health informatics. NORC also develops and tests new tools and techniques for gathering, interpreting, visualizing, and sharing health care data—clinical, financial, and administrative—while protecting patient privacy and confidentiality.

Representative Projects

Analytic Support for Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) Exchange Operations. ​As a subcontractor to IMPAQ International, LLC (IMPAQ), NORC provides assistance to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) on a variety of tasks related to the implementation of the state and federal Health Insurance Marketplaces.  More

Birth Cohort Evaluation to Advance Screening and Testing for Hepatitis C (Best-C). The Birth Cohort Evaluation to Advance Screening and Testing for Hepatitis C (Best-C) will estimate the effectiveness and cost of a Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) screening strategy that targets all individuals in the birth cohorts born between 1945 and 1965 as compared with the current risk-based HCV screening approach. Best-C consists of two studies, a retrospective and a prospective study, where qualitative interviews will assess the feasibility and acceptance of the new (birth-cohort) strategy by medical staff and a simulation model will estimate the cost effectiveness of the birth-cohort screening compared to the risk-based screening.  More

PCOR Resource Center. NORC with it's partner, AcademyHealth, will support ASPE in maximizing the impact of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF) investments through the creation of a OS PCORTF Resource Center for Data Infrastructure. More

Public Reporting of Health Quality and Efficiency Measures. Under a contract with ASPE, NORC conducted a comprehensive environmental scan of current and developing HHS public reporting programs, developed a report on federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements related to public reporting, and supported the HHS Public Reporting Workgroup. The final product for this project was a companion report to the National Quality Strategy—Prioritizing the Public in HHS Public Reporting—currently posted on the Working for Quality website. More

Surveying Small Employers to Inform the Design of State Marketplaces. ​The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed many of the rules of the small employer market, defined as firms with 50 or fewer employees.The objective of this study is to examine changes in the small employer market changed in the first year of the ACA.  More

The ASMBS and NORC Survey on Obesity in America. ​A new study from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and NORC at the University of Chicago finds that Americans view obesity as tied with cancer as the most serious health problem facing the country. More

The Baltimore Health Values Survey. The Baltimore Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Baltimore. We want to know the opinions of Baltimore residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Baltimore opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

The Mobile Health Values Survey. ​The Mobile Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Mobile. We want to know the opinions of Mobile residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Mobile opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

The North Central Nebraska Health Values Survey. ​The North Central Nebraska Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of North Central Nebraska. We want to know the opinions of North Central Nebraska residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of North Central Nebraska opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

The Stockton Health Values Survey. The Stockton Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Stockton. We want to know the opinions of Stockton residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Stockton opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

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