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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is launching a new signature research program: Health Data for Action: Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights (HD4A), supported by AcademyHealth. HD4A aims to reduce the barriers researchers often face in accessing data by serving as a conduit between data owners and interested researchers. Through the HD4A funding opportunity, RWJF will make valuable data from unique data owners available to researchers. Join this webinar to hear from staff at the Foundation, AcademyHealth, and the data experts to learn about how HD4A fits with the Foundation’s efforts to build a Culture of Health and more about this specific funding opportunity.

HD4A released its first Call for Proposals (CFP) on April 19 with a submission deadline of May 24. Applicants under this CFP will select one of two datasets—data from the Health Care Cost Institute or from athenahealth.

  • Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI)

The Health Care Cost Institute’s multi-year data, which is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), includes the annual health care claims for nearly 50 million people insured in the individual, group, or Medicare Advantage markets for the years 2008 to 2015. These data, contributed by three large national insurers—Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare—consist of fully adjudicated, paid, de-identified medical and pharmacy claims. These data include patients’ and providers’ ZIP codes; diagnostic and procedure codes; and allowed amounts, which are the actual amounts paid to health care providers by an insurer plus any copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance paid by the insured person.

  • athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a health care technology and services company connecting more than 85,000 medical providers from organizations of all sizes located in both urban and rural communities across the nation. athenahealth providers are mostly based in outpatient care settings and include primary care providers, pediatricians, OB/GYNs, and other outpatient specialists. athenahealth has claims data and in many cases clinical data on more than 17 million patients seeing athenahealth providers today. This data includes not only information on those with insurance but the uninsured, as well. athenahealth is a cloud-based network. As such, athenahealth can access data in near-real-time and provide timely data on today’s most relevant health questions. Under the HD4A CFP, athenahealth plans to share with researchers a de-identified dataset(s) that includes BMI readings from 2012-2016 for each visit to an athenahealth provider. Patients returning to their athena providers can be tracked over time using a unique randomized identifier. The data will also include information on patient demographics (sex, age, race, ethnicity, type of insurance coverage), geographic location (county, urban vs rural), provider specialty, and provider type (e.g. MD, NP, PA).

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Megan Collado, M.P.H.

Senior Director - AcademyHealth

Megan Collado is a Senior Director at AcademyHealth, where she manages a number of Robert Wood Johnson Foundat... Read Bio

Katherine Hempstead

Katherine Hempstead, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Adviser - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Katherine Hempstead is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read Bio

Priya Gandhi

Priya Gandhi, M.S.

Research Associate - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Priya Gandhi is a Research Associate in the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit at the Robert Wood Johnson Found... Read Bio

Amanda Frost

Amanda Frost, M.A., Ph.D.

Senior Researcher - Health Care Cost Institute

Amanda Frost, MA, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Read Bio

Josh Gray

Josh Gray

Vice President of athenaResearch - athenaHealth

Josh Gray is Vice President of athenaResearch, a division within athenahealth.  Read Bio


Dorrie Raymond

Director of athenaResearch - athenaHealth

Dorrie Raymond is Director of athenaResearch, a division within athenahealth. Read Bio

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