CTSI: Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System (GHS) is a fully integrated health system that serves a region in central and northeastern Pennsylvania with 2.6 million residents. The health system includes: —70 primary and specialty clinic sites including 41 community-based primary care sites which see approximately 2.3 million visits annually, tertiary/quaternary care inpatient hospitals, and several community hospitals, with over 1,600 licensed beds and 77,000 admissions annually.
The Geisinger Health Plan is the top ranked plan in Pennsylvania and in the top 10 nationally. Geisinger adopted EPIC in 1996 and is one of the country’s “most wired” health care providers with EHR’s on >3 million patients. Geisinger research programs reflect the commitment to improve patient outcomes, while reducing cost. Priority research programs include: genomics, translational and clinical research, health services research, economics of health, the re-engineering of health care, and bio- and clinical informatics.
In addition to approximately $16 million in internal investments annually, Geisinger research is supported by approximately $17M in federal funding and $4M in state funding. Research is enhanced by: Geisinger’s longitudinal EHR data and centralized research biobank, MyCode; ability to study the impact of innovations in the delivery of health care on patient outcomes, quality and cost of care and dissemination of successful innovations; and by Geisinger’s patient population, which is non-transitory, multigenerational, and largely rural and poor.