Data analysis helps track patients in the HIV care continuum in Colorado

Only 40 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the US are in medical care and only 37 percent are receiving antiretroviral therapy. To limit future transmissions of HIV, high levels of HIV testing and viral suppression are imperative. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have made it a priority for states to help more people access care.

The public health cost of going without care cannot be overstated: According to a 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control, 92 percent of new HIV infections (as of 2009) were attributable to people living with HIV who were not in medical care.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) uses data analysis software JMP® to match and track clinical and laboratory data and medical claims from a variety of sources, so that social workers can identify people living with HIV/AIDS who need access to health care and antiretroviral therapies. They use the software to match patient data from the state’s case-based surveillance system with three goals: the quality assessment of ELR lab tests, record linkage and deduplication.

By increasing the proportion of patients who remain in HIV medical care, the DPHE not only improves health outcomes for those living with the disease, it also curbs the incidence of new infections.

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