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The New Jersey Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project


On January 11, 2016, Governor Chris Christie signed the New Jersey Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project into law. The iPHD Project is designed to enable and promote population health research that leads to improvements in the health, safety, security, and wellbeing of New Jersey residents as well as improvements in the cost-efficiency of state government programs in these areas. The overarching concept of the iPHD is that programmatic data are much more informative when they are linked across different service areas (e.g., health, social services) than when they remain in isolation from one another. The iPHD Project is modeled on other successful data integration projects around the country, as described in a white paper by the Good Care Collaborative.

Under the direction of a ten-member Governing Board, the iPHD will be operated by Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP). The Governing Board will be chaired by the New Jersey Commissioner of Health and will include five ex officio members, the Commissioner of Human Services, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Rutgers Chief Information Officer, and the CSHP Director (non-voting). In addition, two public members appointed by the Governor and one each by the Senate President and the Speaker of the Assembly will serve fixed terms on the Board. Public members will be experts in four specific areas: (1) legal requirements for data privacy and security, (2) “big data” analysis and security, (3) advocacy on behalf of persons whose data may be included in the iPHD, and (4) a New Jersey university-based researcher with expertise in human subject research.

Governing Board

Rachel Hammond, J.D.
Governing Board Chair
Ethics & Data Privacy Compliance Officer
NJ Department of Health
Designee, NJ Commissioner of Health (Ex Officio)
Joel C. Cantor, Sc.D.
Distinguished Professor & Director
Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
Ex Officio Member, Non-voting
Rashmi Jain, Ph.D.
Chair, Information Management & Business Analytics
Montclair State University
Gubernatorial Appointment
Large Data Systems & Data Security Expert
Eric Kaufmann
Assistant Chief Financial Officer
NJ Department of Human Services
Designee, NJ Commissioner of Human Services (Ex Officio)
Elizabeth G. Litten, J.D.
Partner & HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer
Fox Rothschild LLP
Gubernatorial Appointment
Privacy & Security Expert
Ranjana Madhusudhan, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Office of Revenue & Economic Analysis
NJ Department of the Treasury
Designee, NJ State Treasurer (Ex Officio)
Arundhati Mohankumar, J.D.
Deputy Attorney General
NJ Office of the Attorney General
Designee, NJ Attorney General (Ex Officio)
Michele L. Norin, M.Ed.
Senior VP & Chief Information Officer
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Ex Officio Member
Natassia Rozario, J.D., M.P.H.
Associate Counsel & Senior Director for External Affairs
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Senate President Appointment
Public Representative
To be determined
Assembly Speaker Appointment
Human Subjects Research Expert


Policies for the iPHD Project are currently under development and will be posted after they are approved.

Meeting Minutes


Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be held at the NJ Department of Health, 369 South Warren Street, 1st Floor Auditorium, Trenton, NJ from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, unless otherwise indicated.

  • June 22, 2018
  • September 28, 2018
  • December 21, 2018

For additional information, please contact:
Margaret Koller, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
p. 848-932-4655, f. 732-932-0069,