Celebrating Decades of Impact on Population Health Research and Practice


To celebrate decades of ACG System accomplishments as one of the most widely used population health analysis and management tools in the world, and receiving the prestigious AcademyHealth HSR Impact Award, a distinguished panel discussed the past, current and future trajectory of the Johns Hopkins ACG System during a recognition event at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

We'd like to thank everyone involved in making the ACG System the recognized and significant tool it is today. From past and current team members, users, and collaborators, you are all the reason we've been able to impact the health care of over 100 million people around the world.

For those who could not attend, the ACG System Team captured select moments from the event for your enjoyment through the following photos and videos:



-A Johns Hopkins HealthCare and the ACG System

Patty Brown, Esq., President, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, highlights how the ACG System successfully helped the health plan tackle several issues by understanding its population:



-The ACG System Development Milestones

Jonathan Weiner, DrPH, Professor, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and ACG System co-developer provides an insight into the System's evolution timeline, from early research and commercialization, to awards and current partnerships.


-The ACG System's Inception

Donald Steinwachs, PhD, Professor, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health goes through the history of the ACG System, the importance of morbidity clusters, and clinical meaning.



-The ACG System Worldwide

ACG System Executive Director Karen Kinder, PhD, provides a candid tour of the ACG System's international history and evolution to what is now the most widely used population-based case mix system in the world.

-The ACG System as a Common Language

Chad Abrams, Director, ACG System User Support, describes common challenges around the world such as language differences, data quality, turning data into impact, and misconceptions of local population health, and the ACG System’s ability to turn them into common successes.


-Research and Publications Utilizing the ACG System

Chris Forrest, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Management, University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and ACG System co-developer discusses how the ACG System stemmed from research, the hundreds of papers and reports from across the globe detailing studies utilizing the ACG System in a variety of locations, populations, and innovative applications, the ACG System Bibliography word cloud, and how this information is being used. He further describes in detail 3 of these studies, and future research directions.

-The ACG System and Care Management

Linda Dunbar, Vice President of Population Health Care Management at Johns Hopkins HealthCare discusses how the ACG System assisted with Care Management for high-risk individuals in a Medicaid population:


-The ACG System and Public Health

Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Associate Dean of the Office of Public Health Practice & Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene discusses the ACG System's impact on Medicaid and overall public health.

-Various ACG System Applications

Amy Salls, Director of Population Health Strategy at DST Health Solutions, provides a summary on the commercialization process and the various populations, applications, and user needs that the ACG System helps in the United States.


-The Future of the ACG System

Hadi Kharrazi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health talks about EMRs, other future data sources and their drivers, meaningful use, and the e-ACG project.