This collaborative was established to assess the incidence, prevalence, and care of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in two healthcare systems. An infrastructure was created to facilitate and leverage the longstanding research and quality improvement expertise within both the Providence and UCLA systems. We efficiently conduct studies with “Big Data,” derived from electronic health records, to jointly advance awareness, detection, action, and research for CKD. This approach serves dual purposes of informing about the clinical care delivered to patients with, or at-risk for, CKD and producing new knowledge to address unmet needs for this major public health problem.
Providence and UCLA have developed the analytic-ready dataset, governance, legal structure, and technology necessary for intersystem collaborative research. State-of-the-art data analytics are used to rigorously model exposures, risks, and outcomes relevant to CKD. Ultimately, system-level interventions will be tested to enhance quality of care and improve clinical outcomes, while judiciously managing utilization and costs, for some of our most vulnerable patients. As a result, people with, or at-risk for, kidney diseases will have longer and better lives.