Health Care: Unlocking the Value of Data Sharing

Primary Stakeholder: Hospitals and Health Systems

Integrating health care data with data from other sectors helps address the holistic needs of individual patients while informing the development of population-level programs and policies that can improve outcomes, both in health care and other sectors. This paper provides guidance for those in non-health care sectors (e.g. housing, social services, community-based organizations) on effectively engaging and advancing conversations with health care stakeholders about sharing data. It focuses on the specific stakeholder of hospitals/ health systems and addresses the following components:

  1. General background on hospitals/health systems
  2. Important drivers and concerns of hospitals/health systems (e.g. financing, incentives, accountability, etc.)
  3. The value for hospitals/health systems of exchanging data with other sectors

In the introduction to this series, we provide a basic method for reaching out to those in your community who may share your interest in collaborating and sharing data. We invite you to consider how to approach health care colleagues using the framework and guiding questions in the introductory paper. Similar papers on other sectors will be available at

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