Residents, fellows and faculty have access to comprehensive datasets allowing them to take a data driven approach to research.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Open Data Portal provides de-identified health data freely to the public. Open Data provides a browsable website as well as a set of programming interfaces (APIs) allowing websites, applications and other software to consume machine readable data. This platform is part of an initiative to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and government transparency.
The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is a national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. The MBSAQIP database is populated with 30-day outcomes reported by accredited centers and includes all patients (all ages and payers) who received metabolic or bariatric surgery in the accredited centers. Baseline, peri- and post-operative patient characteristics, readmission, reoperations and planned and unplanned procedures are abstracted from medical records and operative notes and verified by ACS-trained hospital staff.
The National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) is the largest trauma database in the United States. NTDB creates and shares research datasets and descriptive annual reports containing patient demographics, injuries, and outcomes.
The Department of Surgery is a member of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program provided by the American College of Surgeons. The program is designed to measure and improve surgical care by providing tools and validated data that are used to make informed decisions.
A comprehensive New York State Medicaid claims dataset is provided to researchers by the Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab at New York University (NYU). The dataset is a result of collaboration between NYU and The New York State Department of Health and is used to improve the quality of care and outcomes for those who rely on Medicaid.
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) receives data primarily from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) to provide summary reports and analyses to the transplant community. OPTN’s current data collection system is UNet which includes data from US transplant and organ donations since 1987.
The Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) is a data reporting system developed in 1979 by the healthcare industry and government. SPARCS collects a comprehensive set of patient data about hospital use including diagnoses, treatments, and charges for inpatient admissions, emergency department, outpatient and ambulatory tests and procedures.
The Unified Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) maintains the largest medical rehabilitation outcomes database in the world. UDSMR provides subscribers with intuitive software tools allowing them to access data, track outcomes and create reports.
The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) collects and shares data with over 650 participating medical centers to improve vascular health care from the perspectives of cost, effectiveness, quality and safety. VQI provides de-identified datasets to physicians to support research projects in the field of vascular medicine.