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Healthcare Databases

Large scale healthcare databases are excellent resources for health care professionals and researchers who work in clinical and translational studies and community-based research. Proper utilization of these databases can be a cost effective alternative approach for mining preliminary data, developing research hypothesis, and educating learners. BQHS has analytical expertise in utilizing large healthcare databases in view of promoting health related research. BQHS has developed an infrastructure resource with a catalog of such databases on the BQHS website with the support from RMATRIX-II (MPI: J. Hedges, N. Mokuau, U54MD007584) to encourage biomedical and healthcare researchers in Hawaii.

Our experts look forward to collaborate with you for all your analytical research needs, including project development, data management, statistical analysis, and results dissemination, utilizing these healthcare databases. We provide guidance on data available, their usage, and techniques for handling complex survey weights. If you are interested in conducting a collaborative research using BQHS healthcare databases, please feel free to contact us for more details. The faculty and staff at BQHS are committed to providing high quality statistical support.

Databases Available:

BRFSS is a cross-sectional health-relatied telephone (landline and cellular) survey that collects state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Learn more.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Medicare is a national social insurance program administered by the U.S. federal government, providing health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system, young people with certain types of disabilities, and individuals with end stage renal disease. Learn more.

Hawaii health Information Corporation (HHIC) is a non-profit corporation established in year 1994 to collect healthcare data from all acute care hospitals in Hawaii. Learn more.

NHANES is a survey research program conducted by the National Centers for Health Statistics (NCHS), designed to assess health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. Learn more.

NHIS is an annual, cross sectional household interview survey program designed to monitor trends in illness and disability, to track progress toward achieving national health objectives, for epidemiologic and policy analysis by public health research community, determining barriers to accessing using appropriate health care and evaluating federal health programs. Learn more.

Selected Publications Using Healthcare Databases

  • Davis, J, Tam E, and Taira DT. Disparate rates of utilization and progression to combined heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among Asians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii. Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health. In press.
  • Nakagawa K, Lim E, Harvey S, Miyamura J, and Juarez DT. Racial/ethnic disparities in the association between preeclampsia risk factors and preeclampsia among women residing in Hawaii. Maternal Child Health Journal, 2016 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Davis J, Starr R, and Juarez DT. Evidence-based adherence classes for combination anti-hypertensive, lipid-lowering, and anti-diabetic therapy. American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits. 2015; 7(4): e108-115.
  • Lim E, Miyamura J, and Chen JJ. Racial/ethnic-specific reference intervals for common laboratory tests: a comparison among Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites. Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health. 2015 Sep; 74(9): 302-310. PMCID: PMC4578165.
  • Lim E, Cheng Y, Reuschel C, Mbowe O, Ahn HJ, Juarez D, Miyamura J, Seto BT, and Chen JJ. Risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality models for congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction: value of clinical laboratory data and race/ethnicity. Health Services Research, 2015; 50 Suppl1: 1351-1371. PMCID: PMC4545336.
  • Sentell T, Valcour N, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J, Nakamoto B, Chow D, Masaki K, Seto TB, Chen JJ, Shikuma C. High rates of Native Hawaiian and older Japanese adults hospitalized with dementia in Hawai'i. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 2015 Jan; 63(1): 158-164. PMCID: PMC4300272.
  • Sentell T, Miyamura J, Ahn HJ, Chen JJ, Seto T, Juarez D. Potentially preventable hospitalizations for congestive heart failure among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health, 2015 Oct; 17(5): 1289-1297. PMCID: PMC4362878.
  • Davis J, Chavez B, and Juarez DT. Adjustments to diabetes medications in response to increases in hemoglobin A1c: an epidemiologic study. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2014 Jan; 48(1): 41-47.
  • Sentell T, Unick GJ, Ahn HJ, Braun KL, Miyamura J, Shumway M. Illness severity and psychiatric hospitalization rates among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Psychiatric Services, 2013 Nov 1; 64(11): 1095-1102. PMCID: PMC4696860.

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