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 second 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 one of this series here.

Applicants under this CFP will select one of eight datasets. The November 17th webinar 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. The first webinar in the series on November 16th included representatives from the following data providers: athenahealth, Geisinger, HealthShare Exchange, and TransUnion.

  • CareJourney VRDC T-MSIS Research Collaborative: CareJourney will support the application of researchers to receive access to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicaid Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) Data through the Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) program. These files include information from Medicaid FFS, Medicaid Managed Care, and CHIP enrollment, demographics, service utilization and payments.

  • The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC): CIVHC will provide data from the All Payer Claims Database for the state of Colorado, including commercial insurers and Medicaid claims. The dataset will include data at the de-identified patient level, including comprehensive claims data. 

  • Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI): The Health Care Cost Institute’s data, contributed by three large 
    national insurers—Aetna, Humana, and Blue Health Intelligence — consist of fully adjudicated, paid, de-identified medical and pharmacy claims. These data include patients’ and providers’ geography, provider specialty, service dates, diagnostic and procedure codes, prescription national drug codes, and allowed amounts plus any co-payments, deductibles, or co-insurance paid by the insured person. 

  • OCHIN ADVANCE Collaborative: The ADVANCE Clinical Research Network (CRN), led by OCHIN, is the only research network focused on populations served by community health centers. ADVANCE has longitudinal clinical information from electronic health records on more than 6 million patients nationwide from 1,329 clinic sites across 30 states. It is the nation’s most comprehensive dataset on care and health outcomes in safety net patients.

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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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John Hargraves, M.P.P.

Director of Data Strategy & Senior Researcher - Health Care Cost Institute

John Hargraves oversees HCCI’s data strategy and infrastructure while contributing to HCCI research as a Senio... Read Bio

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Chris Lester, Ph.D.

Director of Data Science and Research - CareJourney

Dr. Chris Lester is the Director of Data Science and Research at CareJourney. 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. She works on health care... Read Bio

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Jon Puro, M.P.A.

Director - OCHIN

Jon Puro is the Director of Research Informatics and Analytics as well as the Director of Data Governance for ... Read Bio

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Kristin Paulson

Chief Operating Officer - Center for Improving Value in Health Care

Kristin Paulson is the Vice President of Innovation and Compliance at the Center for Improving Value in Health... Read Bio