HICOR is a research institute at Fred Hutch whose mission is to improve cancer prevention, detection and treatment in ways that will reduce the economic and human burden of cancer — and ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients. To achieve this, HICOR brings together researchers, patient partners, clinicians, payers and policymakers to share cancer-related data and generate clinically relevant performance metrics that can guide improvements in cancer care.
At HICOR, we believe that performance reporting is essential to understanding how to improve cancer care. Our HICOR IQ informatics platform integrates cancer registry and health insurance claims data to support collaboration and partnership across the region. The analytics generated by HICOR IQ are derived from an integrated, multisource data platform. Shared data and standardized methodologies ensure that results are comparable across institutions and support region-wide collaboration. Regional partners and national experts review our measurement algorithms to ensure that reports based on HICOR IQ data are clinically valid and meaningful. Users can select their metrics of interest and configure plots based on regional or clinic views, as well as breakdowns by various demographics and cancer characteristics. Through this dynamic tool, we hope to empower our partners with readily accessible, meaningful reports.
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HICOR collaborated with cancer care providers, public and private health insurers, patients and researchers to develop the first public report on the quality and cost of cancer care across Washington state.