NCHA tracks healthcare trends through the Patient Data System— a comprehensive database of patient records offered to members by NCHA and maintained by Truven Health Analytics. The system enables participants to analyze the healthcare market and assess market position, shifts in key product services, patient origin, quality of care, patient safety and much more. Statistical reports, web-based interactive reports, a library of information, and online discussion groups are also available to participants.
In addition to hospital inpatient, ambulatory procedure, and emergency care data, NCHA, through Truven, facilitates collection of near-real time data on hospital emergency department care for bioterrorism surveillance and other hospital and public health uses. NCHA works in partnership with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the Division of Public Health on the N.C. Hospital Emergency Surveillance System and with the N.C. Division of Facility Services on fulfillment of the Medical Care Data Act.
As a result of NCHA’s Policy Development Committee recognizing the need to have current data to effectively support and strengthen advocacy efforts on behalf of North Carolina’s hospitals, the Advocacy Needs Data Initiative (ANDI) was created. ANDI is a secure, password-protected, web-based survey tool that collects financial and workforce data. Since 2003, participating hospitals have had access to free, online, benchmark and trend reports. One of these is the Community Benefit Report that shows unreimbursed costs of treating patients with government insurance and the uninsured. Hospitals voluntarily post their community benefits reports on the NCHA public community benefits web page. Another report is the Estimated Economic Impact Report, which shows the estimated impact on hospital jobs, services, and the community if a hospital were to close. ANDI is made possible through the generous support of The Duke Endowment.
In 2017, NCHA commissionied RTI International to develop a report about the impact hospitals and health systems have on the North Carolina economy. The resulting full-length report and executive summary can be found in the Downloads section of this page.