Utah Health Data Committee
The Utah Health Data Committee was created by the laws of the State of Utah. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate, and represent various perspectives from industry and community – public health, purchasers, providers, payers, and patients. By law, members are required to have to have experience with health data.
The committee is required to meets at least quarterly; its activities and actions are governed by a set of committee adopted bylaws. View detailed information for scheduled Health Data Committee meetings.
Mission Statement (Adopted 1994, Amended 2020):
The mission of the Utah Health Data Committee is to support health improvement initiatives through the collection, analysis, and public release of health care information.
Through public-private collaboration, the Committee actively participates in the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of a statewide health data reporting system, which provides accurate and independently validated information regarding health care in the State of Utah.
The Committee implements policies to transform data into objective baseline, trend, and performance measurement information, which is made available while preserving patient privacy and confidentiality.
Subcommittees of the HDC:
The Utah Health Data Committee convenes a number of subcommittees, to help ensure its mission and value to the State. The name of each subcommittee and its purpose are listed below:
The HDC Executive Committee works to set the agenda and priorities for HDC meetings, addresses any compliance issues, such as responding to requests by data suppliers for extensions and exemptions. Also, this subcommittee provides support to the Department of Health when responding to legislative requests and issues.
The Utah Payers Advisory Subcommittee (UPAS) provides a forum for entities who submit data to the All Payer Claims Database, to share information and ideas on how to make the data submission process easier or more effective. This subcommittee also helps identify opportunities to provide valuable information to payers serving Utahns. This committee was formerly known as the Payer Task Force (PTF).
The Utah Healthcare Facilities Subcommittee (UHFS) provides a forum for entities who submit data to the Healthcare Facilities Database, to share information and ideas on how to make the data submission process easier or more effective, and identifies opportunities to provide valuable information to healthcare facilities across the State of Utah. This committee was formerly known as the Facilities Task Force (FTF).
The Data Use Subcommittee (DUS) helps interpret policies for access and use of HDC data, identifies opportunities to make data usable and actionable, an evaluates specific data use requests for appropriateness.
The Transparency Advisory Group (TAG) works to identify opportunities to make high value information on health care cost and quality available to Utahns – including businesses, consumers, and providers. The TAG also plans outreach and connections with stakeholders across the State. Lastly, the TAG provides expertise, guidance, feedback and input on data publications, to comply with state law (26-33a).
Utah Health Data Committee Members
Sarah WoolseyPublic Interest Representative, Chair
S. David JacksonBusiness Representative, Vice Chair
NFP: Insurance Brokerage and Consulting
Russell TrujilloPayer Representative
HSA Health Insurance Company
Mark N. BairPhysicians Representative
Utah Medical Association
Jim BradshawHospital Representative
Lynette HansenThird Party Payer Representative, Former Chair
Molina Health Plans
Charles HawleyConsumer Advocacy Representative
National Association of Health Data Organizations
D. Vaughn HolbrookThird Party Payer Representative
Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Donna MilavetzPhysician Representative
On-Site Care Clinics
Stephen NeelemanBusiness Representative
Tanji NorthrupAsst. Insurance Commissioner
Utah Insurance Department
Alan OrmsbyConsumer Advocate Representative
Kevin J. PottsLarge Business Representative
Union Pacific Railroad Employees Health Systems
Laura SummersPublic Health Representative
Kem C. Gardner Institute
James VanDerslicePublic Health Representative
University of Utah