Data and Technology Innovation

Providence National Foundation

By integrating data and findings from our 5 million patients, 1,000 clinics, 51 hospitals and 125,000 caregivers, Providence provides a unique perspective and opportunity to improve the health of all patients and communities.

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Shaping the Future of Health Care


Providence's ability to leverage “big data” and innovation in technology accelerates our ability to shape the future of health care and create healthier communities. We believe our greatest health care contribution occurs when we harness the power of technological advancements in genomics, sustainable practices, data science and telehealth.

A critical and primary goal is to identify some of the largest, most complex problems in health care and find ways to address them through digital solutions – using innovation testing, consumer feedback, solution-based investment and health system collaboration. 

Just as one example, Providence leveraged rapid technological advancements in telehealth so we could meet our patients’ needs throughout 2020. By developing and scaling new models of virtual care, Providence provided telehealth visits that soared from 700 visits per month to 70,000 visits per week during the COVID pandemic.

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Leveraging Technology for Care

Our Impact


Providence knows the transformational impact data and technology has on the future of health care for all.  Tactics like natural language processing, genome sequencing, Electronic Health Record (EHR) analytics and data mapping can help predict trends and advance health care across the Western United States.  Leveraging data to prepare and innovate helps Providence get out in front of health crises or even the next pandemic.  Philanthropy plays a key role in elevating that impact and accelerating our ability to implement the findings.


The Providence St. Joseph Health Molecular Genomics Laboratory, in northeast Portland, is one of the largest clinical genomics labs in the Pacific Northwest. Now serving the entire system, the Genomics Lab offers insights and personalized care for a variety of genetic conditions ranging from hereditary cancer, heart and neurologic diseases to family planning.

Digital Innovation Group

Providence founded DIG in 2014 with one goal in mind—to transform healthcare using digital solutions that directly address ongoing challenges like access to equitable care, limited availability and scheduling complexities. That goal seeks to impact patients, clinicians, communities and the strength of Providence as a whole.


Providence Telehealth rapidly connects patients to accessible, responsive, and affordable care when they need it. We specialize in providing virtual clinical support to address workflow demand surges and close clinical talent gaps.  Philanthropic support enables Providence to expand their telehealth network to reach those that need the service most.


Our Philanthropic Needs

  • Health Services Research

    A multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structure and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care and ultimately, our health and well-being.
  • Big Data & Systems Change

    As health reforms put greater accountability on health systems for population health and greater understanding of the upstream social determinations of health, there is growing need for data that can help communities come together around shared information and shared goals.
  • Genomics

    Our centers for clinical genetics and genomics are specially designed to help you understand how genetics influence you and your family’s health. By combining leading edge research with clinical expertise, we provide personalized care to support your specific health needs.

Providence's DetectionMap Tracks COVID-19

With its new DetectionMap, Providence is making information about local COVID-19 infections available to the people of the communities in which it operates. DetectionMap is a publicly available online “heat map” that shows where COVID-19 is prevalent in a given geographical area where Providence cares for patients. Unlike most county-level reporting tools, DetectionMap lets people zoom into their neighborhood to see how many patients with COVID-19 Providence is seeing in that area.

Providence, the first health system to treat a confirmed COVID-19 patient in the U.S., has been at the center of the nation’s pandemic response since the beginning. During the early stage, Providence’s analytics and insights team created centralized dashboards to keep their 120,000 caregivers informed about the growing impact of the pandemic.

“As COVID-19 began to spread like wildfire, we realized we needed a way to share what was happening within our health system in as close to real time as possible,” said Ari Robicsek, chief medical analytics officer at Providence.