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The Medica Research Institute Informatics team is dedicated to assist investigators in data acquisition, record linkage, securing and managing information to improve human health.  The team is active in developing and promoting state-of-the-art analytical and informatics techniques and building efficient data pipelines to accommodate national research networks.  The team provides technical support to investigators in a secure data management environment with services such as:

  • Research Feasibility Assessment
  • Budget Planning
  • Data Management
  • Database Development
  • Data Analysis
  • Project Tracking, Queries and Reporting
  • Project Closure Services                                   

Administrative Claims Data

The Informatics team has expertise in providing claims information to support health administrators, researchers, and policy makers to understand the cost and quality of health care, identifying patients with rare conditions, assessing treatment procedures, and measure the effects of member’s health plans to utilization of care.  So what is claims data, it consists of the diagnosis and billing codes that physicians, facilities, pharmacies, and labs submit to a payer.  The benefit of claims data is that it exists in a consistent format with pre-established codes to describe specific diagnosis, procedures, and drugs adherence.  Lastly, claims information allows investigators to track patient’s access and utilization of care across multiple providers.  Examples of Medica’s data include:

Medica Data

Data Management Services and Technical Capabilities

The Informatics team performs professional services that include feasibility analysis, budget proposals, project scope documentation, database creation and management, and close out services.  Data is extracted from a variety of sources including health plan administration data (i.e. enrollment and claims), cohort morbidity using the ACG system (Johns Hopkins University) and identifying episodes of care using Symmetry Suit.  When appropriate, data is supplemented with EHR and publicly available sources (census, MN registry and others).  The team prepares and works with investigators to ensure all requirements are fulfilled and validates information for research projects.  The MRI Informatics technical capabilities include:

  • Health Plan Administrative Data
  • Access to Publicly available data sources
  • SQL, Oracle, Access, SAS, STAT, R, Python, JMP
  • Secure Data Collection and Transfer
  • REDCap Electronic and SurveyMonkey data capture
  • ArcGIS Geospatial Analysis
  • Statistical Testing and Modeling
  • Text Mining

Collaborative Partnerships

The Medica Research Institute partners with a number of consortiums which include medical centers, healthcare systems, and public health departments to bring together a diverse population to improve the quality and relevance of population health research.  The partnerships include:

  • PCORNet and LHSNet
  • Midwest Research Network
  • Optum Labs
  • Health Care Systems Research Network

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