A team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that developed one of the world’s most widely used health care analytical tools has been awarded AcademyHealth’s 2015 Health Services Research Impact Award. The Johns Hopkins ACG Case-Mix System is a comprehensive software-based tool that evaluates the types of medical conditions a person has and is used to assess everything from which patients are most at risk of being readmitted to a hospital to morbidity trends in populations.
AcademyHealth, a leading health-services, policy-research association, gives the award each year in recognition of research that has been applied to health policy, management or practice. Bloomberg School Professor, Dr. Jonathan Weiner, who is ACG’s Co-Developer and R&D Director, accepted the award on behalf of the ACG team at the National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 9.
The ACG has a long history at the Bloomberg School. Over 30 years ago, Bloomberg faculty were among the first to use computerized outpatient, diagnostic data to study the relationship between patterns of morbidity and health care use, cost and outcomes. The late Dr. Barbara Starfield, Dr. Donald Steinwachs, Dr. Christopher Forrest, and other colleagues conducted research that led to the development of what are known as Adjusted Clinical Groups©.