New COVID-19 Data Availability under Health Data for Action Program
This publication describes the first new COVID-19 data availability from athenahealth, a provider of electronic health record (EHR) and claims software to outpatient provider organizations spanning all 50 states, under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Data for Action program.
The purpose of Health Data for Action (HD4A), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) administered by AcademyHealth, is to connect researchers with high value data to further discoveries that will advance the Foundation’s mission to achieve health equity. Since the pandemic, RWJF has been working to more closely link the purpose and potential of Health Data for Action with the data needs generated by COVID-19.
The first new data availability is now available under the COVID-19 prioritization of Health Data for Action. athenahealth, a provider of electronic health record (EHR) and claims software to outpatient provider organizations spanning all 50 states and a longtime HD4A partner, is making de-identified data available that can improve understanding of visits to clinicians related to COVID-19. To help the research community better understand the impact of COVID-19, athenahealth is making available two de-identified data sources, which can be linked. The first contains information about patients, including demographic and insurance characteristics, and co-morbidities, along with a unique patient ID. These data can be matched to a second file, which contains information on COVID-19 related outpatient visits, including symptoms, testing orders, and results. These data can help researchers better understand important issues related to care-seeking and case identification, for example how race, ethnicity, co-morbidities, or other factors may be related to the presence of symptoms, receipt of testing, and test results.
More detail about the available data and how to apply for data access is available by downloading the publication above. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.