Case Study: Gleaning Health Data with Help of Record Linkage Tools

There is big money in crunching healthcare data – the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded $32 million in grants to make biomedical data sets accessible to researchers worldwide. The “Big Data to Knowledge” or BD2K Initiative, anticipates investing over $656 million over the next seven years to collect, analyze, catalog and understand everything from research findings to electronic health records.

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Managing healthcare data can be a trying task. Data often resides in several areas, and aggregating it into one central system can be a challenge, especially if it comes in different formats, such as numeric, text, or digital.

In our business, we’ve seen how healthcare researchers can glean important data with having the right data cleansing and fuzzy matching tools. We recently worked with West Virginia University, the state’s only research, doctoral degree-granting, land-grant university.

The school was tasked with assessing the long-term impacts of certain medical conditions on patients over an extended period of time. The determination to be made was whether previous medical conditions affected long-term health and patient care.

The challenge to overcome was how to link the database records that identified the medical conditions in question to the current health records provided by the state.

The idea of linking these two groups of records was overwhelming for the research department. With hundreds of thousands of records to manage, the process would be very time-consuming and threaten the timeliness and process of the research activities. Read our case study and learn how Data Ladder helped West Virginia University with their record linkage needs.

 

If you are a healthcare facility or institution and are interested in learning more about our healthcare data cleansing tools, contact us today.