December 23, 2008 - The Arizona Health Query database is using SAS software to integrate and analyze millions of anonymized health care records.

 

Analyzing data over time and across health systems, researchers identify specific community health needs, inform public policy and, ultimately, lower costs.

 

Created by Arizona State University’s Center for Health Information and Research, AZHQ consolidates health information from dozens of health care organizations in Arizona to form a community health data system. Previously, patient data was spread across different health care providers, which hindered effective research of community health issues.

 

“With the participation of many public and private health care data partners, we’re able to apply SAS data integration and analytics capabilities to track patients over time and location, and identify trends and patterns in health care within and across communities,” said Wade Bannister, creator of the AZHQ database and Associate Director for CHiR.

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