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Center for Health Information and Research

Center for Health Information and Research


Expertise using various data

CHiR data scientists offer decades of experience working with a large number of data sources*, including:

  • Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance claims, encounter and member files
  • hospital discharge data
  • electronic health records data
  • healthcare provider licensure files
  • geospatial / regional characteristics
  • criminal justice data
  • homeless management information system data
  • publicly available data and survey data
  • Other sources of individual and customized data

CHiR has established a variety of partnerships within the Arizona health community and serves as a business associate to multiple organizations. Most of our data sources are linkable, creating a huge repository of historical data from which analyses and visualizations can glean key insights about the provision of health care in Arizona.

 Insurance claim form being completed

   Health provider claims

 Medicare Claim form

   Medicaid paid claims

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  Physician, nursing, and pharmacy     information

 State birth and death record scan

  State birth and death records

 Discharge form on clipboard

  State inpatient and emergency     department data


Data science and analytic capabilities

CHiR can produce customized detailed analysis of patient and community populations using any of the listed data above. Our capabilities include:

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Research capabilities

We also offer expertise in study design and analysis using many of the tools appropriate for large data sources, such as data visualizations and natural language processing.

Researchers, health care providers and payers, public health agencies, health policy leaders, and other public and private organizations can benefit from collaborating with CHiR to:

  • Conduct high-impact health, medical and health services research
  • Evaluate changes in health care policies on quality of care, access to care, costs of care and other outcomes
  • Improve delivery and coordination of care
  • Define cohorts and identify gaps in care
  • Identify underserved areas
  • Assess and report performance of interventions and initiatives

* 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 custodian before the data can be accessed/disclosed for individual research projects or other studies.