Cover: Improving Population Health Through an Innovative Collaborative

Improving Population Health Through an Innovative Collaborative

The Be There San Diego Data for Quality Group

Published Sep 26, 2016

by Allen Fremont, Ashley M. Kranz, Jessica Phillips, Chandra Garber

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In 2012, leaders from disparate health care organizations established a data group aligned around a regional goal of preventing heart attacks and strokes in San Diego. The group — now named the Be There San Diego Data for Quality (DFQ) Group — is a safe venue for medical directors and other quality-improvement leaders to share performance data on quality-of-care measures for diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, as well as insights, lessons learned, and challenges faced by each organization in treating these conditions. The DFQ Group has focused its efforts on improving the quality of services provided by each participating health care organization, and has placed a strong emphasis on analyzing trends in combined quality data to better understand the health of the entire San Diego population. By fostering collaboration among organizations that collectively serve a large portion of the local population and other key community stakeholders, the DFQ Group has helped form the foundation of a unique, multifaceted, multi-stakeholder, regional effort that is gaining national attention and funding for its community-driven approach.

Key Findings

  • The Be There San Diego Data for Quality (DFQ) Group created a safe venue for competing health care organizations throughout San Diego County to share performance data on quality-of-care measures, insights, lessons learned, and challenges faced by each organization.
  • Unlike many regional data collaboratives, which focus on improving performance within individual organizations, the DFQ Group also placed strong emphasis on trends in combined data across organizations and collective action toward reducing cardiovascular risks throughout the San Diego population.
  • By fostering collaboration among health care organizations that collectively serve a large portion of the local population and other key community stakeholders, including public health, the DFQ Group has helped form the foundation for a growing number of novel, innovative initiatives throughout San Diego.

This report was supported by a subcontract from Be There San Diego at the University of California, San Diego and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. The research was conducted by RAND Health.

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