The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This is a government agency whose mission is "to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used." Website contains of wealth of information about research tools as well as funding and grant opportunities, all related to quality issues in medicine.
American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP)
Clinical registry of selection of surgical procedures with validated risk adjustment. Application and funding required to access the data for research purposes, but CUMC as a participating site is eligible.
American Heart Association
Useful resource for guidelines, statements and facts about heart disease.
Subpage details options and process for applying for AHA grants.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Useful website for statistics on disease prevalence and life expectancy.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Offers several websites providing preformed reports as well as providing application process for limited and more comprehensive data sets. Summary data on the utilization and payments for procedures, services, and prescription drugs provided to Medicare beneficiaries by specific inpatient and outpatient hospitals, physicians, and other suppliers.
Site to apply for the limited datasets that have been stripped of personally identifiable health care information but contain extensive information regarding beneficiary level utilization and expenses.
CMS data assistance center to help answer questions and decide which resources may be most appropriate.
Columbia University Research Resources
Information on this page is intended to help CUMC researchers find relevant technical resources available through Columbia and the Medical Center. Numerous links relate to data security, IRB, statistical software, data management and associated University departments and offices
Foundation Directory (for Columbia University access)
Searchable data base of foundations which provide grant money, with access to what is funded and at what level.
National Death Index
Step/by/step of the process for accessing the National Death Index, which is the most complete national registry of deaths in the United States (requires name and SS# and costs $0.13/record/per year).
National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS)
Data registry established by AHRQ which contains administrative data hospital discharges from a representative sample of community hospitals throughout the US. Provides excellent picture of "real world" practice. Files can be purchased.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Comprehensive information and links to the entire grants process—from what is available to how to apply to the policies/processes/deadlines and forms, granting opportunities, etc.
New York State Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS)
Contains extensive information regarding all hospital and outpatient center health encounters in NY State. Like CMS, has both limited and identified data sets which can be accessed only through an application/approval process. Collaboration with NYPH, as a participating site, will be helpful in defraying expenses and expediting requests.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
An independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 2010. "Specifically, we fund comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies." Funding opportunities and process are well-described.
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) of the National Cancer Institute
Provides information on cancer statistics and opportunities for research; released every Spring based on previous year's data.
Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database (STS)
Extensive clinical registries in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery as well as thoracic surgery. Application can be made by members for access to data for research purposes. Requests must be granted and independent funding to support data analysis by Duke Clinical Research Institute must be found.
Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) (with Columbia UNI)
A searchable database of funding opportunities from current national and international government and private funding sources, including fellowships, research grants, publication support, sabbatical support, curriculum development, and more. SPIN can be used to conduct manual searches of funding opportunities. SPIN has an Advanced Search tool, so users can identify finding by specific scientific keywords, grant types, locations of research and sponsors.
University Health system Consortium (UHC)
Consortium of 117 academic medical centers (of which CUMC is a participant) who share healthcare information regarding hospitalizations, expenses and quality for research and utilization purposes. Collaboration with NYPH as a participating site will be helpful in defraying expenses and expediting access to data.