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Center for Health Information and Research

Center for Health Information and Research


Data sources

All data sources are linkable, creating a huge repository of historical data from which data mining and other analysis efforts can glean key information about the provision of health care in Arizona.

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Health provider claims

 Medicare Claim form

Medicaid paid claims

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Physician, nursing, and pharmacy information

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State birth and death records

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State inpatient and emergency department data


Note: CHiR does not own the data contained in its repositories. The data are collected under individual data sharing agreements which include HIPAA protections for the protected health information. Written approval must be obtained from the data source before the data can be accessed/disclosed.

Health information repositories

CHiR has established a variety of partnerships within the Arizona health community, and serves as a business associate to multiple organizations:

Data Sources Type of Data Date Range Available
Arizona Department of Health Services Hospital discharge data (Inpatient and ED) Jan 2005 – Dec 2015
Vital Records Birth and Death Certificates Jan 2002 – Dec 2015
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Payer level health claims Jan 2008 – Jun 2016
Banner Health System Hospital and Outpatient facility claims Jan 2005 – Dec 2015
Other Hospital and Outpatient facility claims Varies


*Hospital claims are all medical inpatient, ED, and hospital outpatient claims.
Note: Pharmacy and dental claims are only available from payer level data (AHCCCS) when applicable.

Health care workforce repositories

Data Sources Type of Data Date Range Available
Arizona Medical Board Physician licensing and survey data 1992 – 2016
Arizona Nursing Board Nursing licensing and survey data 2007 – 2015
Arizona Board of Pharmacy Pharmacist and pharmacy technician licensing and survey data 2008 – 2015


Data analytics

We are able to produce customized detailed analysis of patient and community populations using health care claims data and clinical data (electronic medical records). Our capabilities include:

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Health care providers and payers, researchers, public health agencies, health policy leaders, and other public and private organizations can inform and empower their businesses from the analysis we provide to:

  • Improve delivery and coordination of care
  • Define cohorts and identify gaps in care
  • Design interventions and programs
  • Assess and report performance