HCI’s Dashboard System Links Promising Practices and
Constantly Updated Local Data to Improve Community Health

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2012 — Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) was awarded “Best Community App” by the Health Data Initiative at its third annual Forum, The Health Datapalooza. HCI, a pioneer and leader in community health improvement technologies, was presented the award on June 5 by Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

“We are very pleased to receive this award on behalf of the communities throughout the U.S. who are using this technology and sharing their successes to facilitate health improvement through local initiatives and collaborations,” said Healthy Communities Institute CEO, Deryk Van Brunt, DrPH.

HCI programs and services cover over 70 million Americans in thirty-five states through local partnerships with public health departments, community coalitions, and community hospitals and health systems.  The company’s Healthy Communities Network (HCN) and HCI CHNA systems facilitate collaboration and planning among key stakeholders through over two hundred dashboard health indicators and a database of thousands of associated Promising Practices.

“We were excited to illustrate at The Health Datapalooza the power and impact of sharing information across the community,” Dr. Van Brunt added. “The live demonstration of the Miami Matters web portal created with our partner, the Health Council of South Florida, enabled the audience to see how effective broad access to comprehensive, easily understood, and constantly updated health data can be.”

About the Health Data Initiative

The Health Data Initiative (HDI), originally launched in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the Community Health Data Initiative, is a public-private collaboration that encourages innovators to utilize health data to develop applications to raise awareness of health and health system performance and spark community action to improve health.

About the Healthy Communities Institute

Headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., the Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) provides the leading web-based platform to support health departments, community collaborations, hospitals and health systems with community health improvement strategies. HCI web-based systems provide local public health and health systems with health indicator dashboards, access to nationally recognized promising practices, analytic and reporting tools and other features that support community health improvement planning, evaluation and reporting. The platform is in use in over 35 states and rapidly expanding. The HCI platform currently covers 70 million lives across the United States. The company’s multi-disciplinary team is comprised of healthcare information technology veterans, academicians, health informatics experts, epidemiologists, urban planners and Internet developers. HCI began its work in 2002 in concert with the growth of the Healthy Cities Movement co-founded at the University of California, Berkeley.



Contact Information:
Robert Murphy
Healthy Communities Institute
(415) 830-3435