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Customized Algorithms and Visualizations

Beyond providing secure platforms for computation and prepackaged environments, West Health Data Science builds customized algorithms and visualizations to enable deep data exploration. West Health Data Science uses primarily open-source software and is a respected contributor to the open-source data science community.

Data Processing Software and Training

In addition to providing secure access to data, West Health Data Science provides web-based, secure computational platforms that allow data analysts to use the latest open-source technologies to explore and visualize data. West Health Data Science also provides training in these systems and technologies.

Secure Data Custodianship

The West Health Data Science provides Data Custodianship that offers secure HIPAA-compliant data storage to protect the privacy and security of data, including electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)

Topic/Focus: Cost and Utilization, Healthcare Facilities and Services Year(s): 1988 – present Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Study and sample characteristics: Administrative medical records Universe: Hospitals in participating states Variables: Varies depending on dataset, see below for more information Access: Data use agreement is required Cost: Please check with the EDRC Coordinator Key… Read more »

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

Topic/Focus: General Health and Nutrition Year(s): 1999 – present (two-year intervals) Source: National Center for Health Statistics Study and sample characteristics: Interview, physical exam Universe: Non-institutionalized civilians aged two months and older Variables: 3,000+ Access: Publically available Cost: Free Key weblinks: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Summary: Beginning in 1999, the NHANES became… Read more »

AHA Hospital Database

Topic/Focus: Data related to demographic, payment, and services of hospitals Year(s): 2013 and 2014 Source: CMS Study and sample characteristics: Payment, serviceability, demographic, and utilization Universe: Hospitals Access: Private Use Cost: $ Key weblinks: http://www.ahadataviewer.com/ (provider of aha data) Summary: The AHA Hospital Database, compiled from the AHA Annual Survey, is an invaluable reference for… Read more »

Struggling Seniors

More Seniors are Getting By With Less, With Almost a Third of Seniors Living in Poverty

Data Science Overview

The West Health Institute has developed substantial in-house, multi-disciplinary expertise in data-driven methods for decision-making through its data science core team, now featuring more than 8.9 billion rows of data with more than 181 trillion searchable data elements. Bringing together access to major healthcare-related databases with core skills and resources, capabilities include everything from database… Read more »