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BlueLabs Partnering with Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to Develop Groundbreaking New Healthcare Dashboard

‘Camden Health Explorer’ tool will harness data generated during patient care to improve health of communities

CAMDEN, NJ – BlueLabs – the analytics, data, and technology company formed last year by senior members of the Obama for America analytics team – today announced it will be partnering with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to build a groundbreaking new healthcare dashboard. The first-of-its-kind open source dashboard, called the “Camden Health Explorer,” will be funded by a $450,000 grant awarded to the Camden Coalition as a winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge: Health.  

The dashboard will provide unprecedented insight into how individuals who recently enrolled in health insurance through Medicaid expansion or Health Insurance Marketplaces (established by the Affordable Care Act) shift their healthcare consumption patterns. It will also uncover solutions as to how area hospitals, outpatient centers, and community health organizations can target their resources and address patient issues more effectively.

Like many cities across the country, Camden, New Jersey faces the ongoing challenge of providing high-cost health care to just a few individuals – with fully 30 percent of healthcare costs focused on just 1 percent of the area’s patients. A key contributing factor is that many patients turn to emergency rooms seeking either basic medical care or treatment for advanced illnesses that progressed because these individuals delayed receiving preventive care.

“On the 2012 Obama campaign, our analytics team consolidated critical data from across the organization into a single database and used that resource to run one of the most successful and efficient campaigns in U.S. history – now we're using the same techniques to make community health programs more effective,” said Erek Dyskant, co-founder of BlueLabs. “And with Obamacare dramatically expanding the number of people with access to health insurance, this project will be one of the first data releases about how these newly-insured individuals access and participate in the health system.”

“Camden Health Explorer will help address a pervasive problem, while engaging policymakers and other players in solution building,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation director of journalism and media innovation. “The tool captures the goal of the Knight News Challenge: Health, revealing the strength of data and information to tackle pressing community concerns.”

The  “Camden Health Explorer” dashboard will build on existing efforts by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to share data across the area’s health facilities to better focus resources and proactively address patient health issues. The dashboard will anonymously aggregate individual health information and medical claims data, then break it down by demographics and geography provide maps and other visual tools for users. Camden Coalition staff will work with local stakeholders – including hospital administrators and policymakers – to help interpret the data and enable area facilities to implement policies that make patients healthier and the overall system more efficient.

“What’s most exciting about this project is that it takes the growing trend of hospitals sharing data with each other to improve patient care and elevates it to new levels of sophistication and utility – all for the public good. By creating an open source of anonymous data, the Explorer will inform broader, important discussion about the health of entire communities,” said Aaron Truchil, Manager of Research for the Camden Coalition of Health Providers. “This tool will leverage the data generated during patient care to improve the efficiency of community-level health programs, enabling organizations to make smarter decisions ranging from deciding where to locate a new clinic or what language should be used to run a diabetes class.”

The “Camden Health Explorer” is made possible by a $450,000 grant awarded as part of The Knight News Challenge: Health a program dedicated to funding breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data and information for the health of communities.




BlueLabs is an analytics, data, and technology company formed by senior members of the Obama for America analytics team. Using innovations in big data technology and individual-level modeling, we empower organizations to contact the right voters, solicit the best donors, and target services to the citizens and beneficiaries who need them most.


The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers was created with the overarching mission to improve the health status of all Camden residents, by increasing the capacity, quality, and access of care in the city.

Unlike many service and social organizations in the city, the Coalition does not provide long-term services to patients, but rather focuses on creating solutions from the providers and health systems side of care.


Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

Published Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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