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The Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Coalition (DWPC), in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, operates the DWPC Registry to track processes and outcomes of care and improve care for people living with diabetes or at risk for diabetes in the Mid-South.

Data on more than 480,000 patients is gathered from 80 clinics, six adult hospitals within two large non-profit hospital systems, and Tennessee Medicaid (TennCare) data for Medicaid beneficiaries.

 If you would like to participate in the DWPC Registry and PBRN, please contact Cardella Leak, MPH.

Medicare and Medicaid claims data are released by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) annually. Medicare data include claims for the use of inpatient, outpatient, and physician/supplier services for the elderly population, and Medicaid data include such claims for low income or disabled population. Claims contain Information on patient demographic characteristics, diagnoses, procedures, and cost for each use of health service. Part D drug data are also available since 2007 and can be linked to the claims data. Researchers can use these data to conduct studies on health outcomes, health care access, and health disparities. The Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) (www.resdac.org) provides free technical support on how to use these data. Information on other related datasets and workshop schedule is also available on the ResDAC website. Under the contract with CMS, ResDAC handles all the requests for using these data.

Contact Xinhua Yu, MD, PhD, to inquire regarding research opportunities about using these data.

Expenditure Panel Survey, which began in 1996, is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers (doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.), and employers across the United States. MEPS collects data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of these services, and how they are paid for, as well as data on the cost, scope, and breadth of health insurance held by and available to U.S. workers. MEPS data collection is a joint effort of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Additional information on these files and public use files can be downloaded at www.meps.ahrq.gov.

Contact Satya Surbhi, PhD, to inquire regarding research opportunities using these data.

Since 2000, CERNER Health Facts® (HF) database has captured and stored de-identified, longitudinal electronic health record (EHR) patient data, aggregated and organized to facilitate analyses and reporting. It currently contains data on almost 50 million patients and almost 300 million encounters. Researchers may request access through the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics.

Contact Charisse Madlock-Brown, PhD, for assistance in extracting data from the system.

Please submit information regarding available health systems research databases to the chsi@uthsc.edu.

Last Published: Aug 20, 2019