Advocate Health Care, one of the largest healthcare providers in Illinois, has sites in rural, suburban, and urban locations and represents a “cross-section of the U.S.” At any given time, it conducts more than 800 active research studies, and until recently, had to deal with surveying software fragmentation that didn’t comply with the rigorous requirements of the HIPAA privacy law and federal financial conflict-of-interest reporting regulations and meant it couldn’t easily track access to private data points. One system changed all that.
The sheer size of Advocate Health Care meant leaders at the organization were facing a unique problem.
One of the largest healthcare providers in Illinois, the health system is comprised of 12 separate hospitals, 250 sites of care, five Level I trauma centers, two Level II trauma centers, 6,300 physicians, 40,000 associates, and more than 34,000 employees. It has sites in rural, suburban, and urban locations. As Thomas Summerfelt, Ph.D., vice president of research at Advocate Health Care, says, the provider represents a “cross-section of the U.S.”