How We Work With Data

An essential component to the Nexus Innovations Network’s success is a first-in-the-nation data repository focused on interprofessional practice and education (IPE) outcomes.

Advancing How We Work With Data

Called the National Center Data Repository (NCDR), it is where innovations network members upload de-identified data from their projects, each of which has a defined intervention linked to improved health outcomes. The NCDR uses standard definitions, data aggregation and advanced analytics, including National Center standardized data sets, educational and research data and existing national and federal databases.

The National Center aggregates information from the NCDR, creating reports that will inform the national conversation regarding the effectiveness of IPE on improving health and education outcomes. 

Gathering Data to Build Evidence

The National Center Data Repository – or NCDR – is a first of its kind data repository focused on interprofessional practice and education (IPE) outcomes. The National Center created and maintains the NCDR to collect, house and process data that will help grow the evidence about the effectiveness of IPE on health care cost, quality and outcomes. Here’s how it works:

  1. Data are gathered at project sites, de-identified and then submitted to the NCDR

    Individuals and organizations submit data online using a secure interface. Common sources of data include electronic health records, government databases and survey instruments from the research projects of the Nexus Innovations Incubator Network.

  2. Data are analyzed

    Researchers, scientists and informaticists at the National Center analyze the data against the intervention project’s work plan and its effects health outcomes, team composition, training and performance, influence of environmental factors in the performance, outcomes of the intervention and the return on investment for the particular intervention. 

  3. Data are aggregated and reported

    While individual project leads will report their own findings, the National Center will report aggregated data to increase the robustness of information and evidence on new models of education and the process of care. 

  4. Data start conversations

    Working with partners, the National Center will help facilitate dialogue with leaders in education and health systems, policymakers, accreditors and payers who are interested in understanding the return on investment of teams and interprofessional approaches based on data.

  5. Data inspire a national change in the way we provide care and health professions education that leads to healthier people and communities.