Pioneering public health departments across the country are exploring using non-clinical datasets such as census data to better plan their services, but a group of researchers at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute also believe combining such data with clinical data could be valuable for health delivery systems and accountable care organizations, as well as supply a value-add service for health information exchanges.

The researchers are using geo-spatially enabled electronic health records to help officials in Marion County, Ind., which includes greater Indianapolis, pinpoint areas of greatest need for public health services, but the project's principal investigator said he is also planning to explain the project's goal to technology executives at the region's health delivery systems soon.

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