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Data Center  

The Data Center was established to provide researchers, analysts and assigned staff access to federal and private databases that support medical outcomes research. To this end the Data Center is designed to be responsive to the needs of the user while maintaining adherence to regulations and stipulations set forth in all Data Use Agreements (DUA) associated with provider databases released to the research units within the Institute. The Data Center core database is built around the released Medicare data files provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Additionally, other data files are acquired as requested by research units and incorporated into the data core to provide a robust database for outcomes research.

The Data Center staff is comprised of two operating units. The Data Administration Unit consists of a Data Center Manager, a Data Center Administrator, and an IT Systems Administrator. This unit provides the administrative and systems support structure required to keep the Data Center operational and responsive to the needs of the research units. It additionally develops all data use protocols relating to publication and use agreements, and is tasked with the oversight of data security procedures. The Data Programming Unit provides the research units with methodology and analysis programming development; standardized analysis programming and QA review of the analysis programming and results.

Data Resources
  • The New Hampshire Vermont SAS® Users Group (NHVTSUG)
    NHVTSUG is a volunteer local users group formed in 2000 for users of The SAS® System in New Hampshire and Vermont. NHVTSUG is affiliated with the regional NorthEast SAS Users Group (NESUG). Meetings are held four times a year at Darmouth College in Hanover or Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NH in Manchester.