PCCI is a mission-driven research organization with industry-leading expertise in the practical applications of artificial intelligence and social determinants of health. We strive to leapfrog the status quo by harnessing the transformative potential of data. Our unique capabilities allow us to provide innovative, actionable solutions that more effectively identify needs, prioritize services, empower providers and engage patients.

PCCI started as a department within Parkland Health and was spun out as an independent, not-for-profit organization in 2012 to not only serve the needs of Parkland, but to also pursue additional transformative initiatives that could have a broader impact. PCCI remains tightly connected to Parkland Health, the Parkland Foundation and the Parkland Community Health Plan. Our collaborative work focuses on the needs of vulnerable populations across North Texas and beyond.

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PCCI Solves Community Health Problems

PCCI’s research and innovations in digital health technology and advanced analytics are helping a wide range of organizations leverage the full potential of data to improve care delivery, drive health equity, optimize access for vulnerable populations, and ultimately advance whole-person health across communities. We actively seek opportunities with philanthropic organizations, research institutes, payers and providers, entrepreneurs, established companies and other like-minded individuals to transform care.

PCCI core competencies include practical applications of artificial intelligence and advanced data science. Our team is skilled at working with traditional healthcare data as well as non-traditional datasets.  We leverage our expertise to develop, train and deploy either descriptive or predictive analytical models. The majority of our models are built to improve clinical decision-making, streamline care coordination or access to health care services. Our industry-leading digital data environment, Isthmus™, is a healthcare-specific platform that can securely assemble data from disparate sources and to feed into our state-of-the-art data analytics.

PCCI’s web-based tool, the Community Vulnerability Compass (CVC), was developed to quantify socio-economic and non-medical challenges across a community. Insights can be visualized at different levels of geographic granularity (down to the block group) and can pin-point root causes of neighborhood vulnerabilities.   

Users leverage CVC to hyper-localize community engagement efforts, refine program design and inform community-based grantmaking strategies.


PCCI’s connected community of care (CCC) framework was created to guide the development of sustainable clinic-to-community partnerships.  

Informed by PCCI’s experience as being a deployment site for the CMS Accountable Health Community demonstration project, PCCI now advises other communities on key elements of successful CCC’s including governance, technology platforms and data sharing, community engagement and impact measurement.

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The CVC can help virtually any Texas-based organization (hospital system/health plan, care provider, CBO, public health entity, philanthropic funder, etc.) seeking to understand not only where its community’s most vulnerable residents live but also many of the underlying, multi-dimensional root cause factors driving these residents’ poor health and healthcare access and ability to thrive.

Challenging times often accelerate innovation and collaboration. This has certainly been the case with COVID-19. We’ve strengthened and expanded our partnerships with Parkland and the North Texas community by building new foundational capabilities that will have an impact for years to come. We’ve worked closer than ever with Parkland IT and population health leadership, DFW Hospital Council: Dallas County, the City of Dallas and many other health systems, schools, and community-based organizations. 

Leveraging our data analytics and healthcare expertise, we put our mission into action, in collaboration with public health leaders, to implement the following programs to inform, guide, and create opportunities to mitigate the pandemic:



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Next Generation Digital Data Environment to Enable Coordinated, Personalized Care

Our success requires a top-of-the line digital data environment where we can securely assemble data from disparate sources and normalize and standardize data streams to feed into our state-of-the-art data analytics. Isthmus™ was conceptualized from our own need to have a healthcare-specific, interoperable, analytical platform to build and more rapidly deploy (e.g., weeks vs months) scalable and repeatable solutions and to collaborate more efficiently with any provider. Isthmus currently supports >10 AI/ML models across diverse Texas settings.

Isthmus has been secured and architected in compliance with the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) ― considered the gold standard for its prescriptive imperatives around handling HIPAA and entailing a comprehensive and rigorous certification process.


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