The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released the third call for proposals (CFP) under its signature research program: Health Data for Action (HD4A), managed by AcademyHealth. HD4A aims to reduce the barriers researchers often face in accessing data by serving as a bridge between data owners and interested researchers. Through the HD4A Call for Proposals, RWJF will make valuable data from unique data owners available to researchers. During this webinar, the first in a two-part series, staff at the Foundation, AcademyHealth, and the data providers answered questions about the application and review process and the datasets being made available. See part two of the series here.

Applicants under this CFP will select one of eight datasets. The November 16th webinar included representatives from the following data providers: athenahealth, Geisinger, HealthShare Exchange, and TransUnion. The second webinar in the series on November 17th included representatives from the following data providers: CareJourney VRDC T-MSIS Research Collaborative, Center for Improving Value in Health Care, Health Care Cost Institute, and OCHIN ADVANCE Collaborative.

  • athenahealth: athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based software for ambulatory providers nationwide. athenahealth collects claims and electronic health record (EHR) data on more than 110 million patients seeing 130,000 providers on the network today. From the EHR, athenahealth has collected a wealth of information on clinical outcomes, diagnoses, procedures, prescribing behavior, and utilization in primary care.
  • Geisinger: Geisinger Hospital was founded in 1915 and has evolved from a single hospital in Danville, PA, into a fully integrated health system that serves central, south central and northeast Pennsylvania. The Geisinger dataset is a home-grown data structure and is comprised predominantly of Electronic Health Record (EHR) with various other billing and clinical specialty systems rolled in.
  • HealthShare Exchange (HSX): HSX is a regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the Greater Philadelphia region that connects patients, their caregivers, health plans, and community service providers to enable interoperability among Health IT systems. Members include major payers and the majority of the hospitals in the Greater Philadelphia region along with ambulatory care settings, long-term care, and community support organizations.
  • TransUnion: TransUnion is a global information and insights company headquartered in Chicago, IL. TransUnion’s Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) research datasets are comprised of depersonalized, individual level and aggregated, neighborhood level information; providing researchers the opportunity to study the impact of changes in socioeconomic and financial circumstances on health outcomes over time.

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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


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Author, Presenter

Bethany Sheridan, Ph.D.

Senior Manager and Team Lead - athenahealth, Inc.

Bethany Sheridan leads athenahealth’s Research & Insights team. Read Bio

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Stephen Harrop

Sales Solution Senior Consultant - TransUnion Healthcare

Stephen Harrop has been with TransUnion Healthcare for 5 years. 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

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Joseph B. Leader

Vice President - Geisinger

Joseph B. Leader is Vice President, Research Data Science at Geisinger. Read Bio