The Fenway Institute supports clinical, research and public health services through state of the art health informatics and data systems. Fenway’s Informatics and Data Center continues to be a leader among Community Health Centers in developing data capacity and Health Information Technology (HIT) initiatives. We continue to refine our integration with Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes (ePRO) enabling us to develop algorithms to better meet the clinical needs of patients and performance measures. They provide consultation and technical assistance on federal initiatives and to federal agencies and CHC’s on HIT, data management activities that streamline and improve data capture and reporting processes. Our Data Center collaborates with other departments to provide clinical, financial and productivity data.
The Center worked closely with AthenaHealth, our Electronic Health Records (EHR) vendor, to develop a product called ‘Centricity Now’ that will enable hospitalists and on-call providers to access to patient records wherever they are. It also works with other HIT vendors in using latest technologies to improve patient communication and health outcomes. For example, Fenway has collaborated with FHIR to conduct webinars and in-person trainings around the US on SOGI implementation and analyzing outcomes. The Data team has produced over 75 data analysis sets from our EHR focusing on the LGBTQ patients, and continues to advise other EHR vendors on refining their products to meet the needs of the LGBTQIA+ patients. It also collaborates with national and federal partners to develop tools to monitor health outcomes; for example, Fenway worked with NACHC and CDC to evaluate a Hepatitis C Care Cascade. The Center participates in four national data registry projects whose funders include NIH and PCORI. These projects combine de-identified patient data into a shared clinical database to evaluate patient outcomes in real world settings.