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Integrated Healthcare Data Research

The Center for Integrated Healthcare Data Research was founded to build a data infrastructure that hosts and links a variety of long-term outcome data sources to electronic health records (EHR) from Mass General Brigham to make them available for clinical effectiveness research. 

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The Center for Integrated Healthcare Data Research's goal is to bridge high-quality research databases with clinicians and researchers for timely and high-impact scientific discovery.

We have linked the electronic health records from all Mass General Brigham facilities with multiple long-term outcome and health care utilization data, including insurance claims data, National Death Index (through Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), and state death data. We have harmonized and processed the linked data according to national and international standards.

Mass General Brigham researchers can request study-specific cohorts under dedicated IRB, and the Center will ensure compliance with the data use agreement (DUA) with the third parties. Researchers can access the data in the secure environment with commonly used programming languages (e.g., R, SAS, STATA, Python, etc.) and a user-friendly self-service platform.

This effective and efficient infrastructure has resulted in numerous successful high-impact publications and federal research awards.