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The Generalized Data Model

By | December 6th, 2016|Tools|

We have developed our own generalized data model, and we made it publicly available today. Why would we do this when there are already several other models in use? There are a few reasons. First, we needed a way to store data such that we could easily convert it to the OMOP, Sentinel, and PCORnet [...]

Jigsaw updates on on their way

By | November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

We are finally getting ready for our first production release of Jigsaw and automating the build process, so that we can install it on client servers very easily. This will be the first version that does everything that we want to do in building a study. This doesn't mean we don't still have a lot [...]

Updated nhanes.tools R package

By | July 14th, 2016|Tools|

We have updated our nhanes.tools R package that is available on Github at this repository. NHANES now has data for 2013-2014, and the package has an internal listing of all data files from the NHANES website through today (13 July 2016). If you want as list of all of the NHANES files, just use the [...]

Exploding codes

By | February 29th, 2016|Jigsaw, Tools|

Have you ever seen somebody describe the ICD-9 diagnosis codes they used in their research? They might say something like "We used ICD-9 codes 410.x" by which they might mean all ICD-9 codes that begin with ICD-9 code 410 and end with any one or two digit suffix. But what if they really meant that [...]

Chemotherapy codes

By | February 11th, 2016|Jigsaw, Tools|

This is a short blog post to highlight some work that Ryan did about 2 years ago. It is a list of all of the HCPCS codes (mostly J-codes) and NDC codes that we know about for these chemotherapy agents. This is based on a script that combines information from many sources. As with anything [...]

Life Years Saved

By | November 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|

We just recently published what we call a "population effectiveness model" in Value in Health, entitled "Estimated Life Years Saved in Women with HER2 Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Receiving First-Line Trastuzumab and Pertuzumab In the United States". We estimated the life years saved due to metastatic HER2 positive breast cancer after the introduction of trastuzumab, [...]

Part D Drug Costs

By | October 8th, 2015|R, Reimbursement|

We didn’t realize it, but back in April, CMS made Medicare Part D prescription drug data available. The raw data is viewable on the CMS website here. This might be useful for estimating costs for oral medications, or at least getting a ballpark idea of cost to use as a placeholder in other analyses or [...]

nhanes.tools R package

By | August 12th, 2015|R|

This is a short blog post to mention that we turned our NHANES code into a package to make it easier for people to download the entire database and to pull in files for analyses. The code and details are on our GitHub repository. Please see the earlier blog post on conducting some analyses using [...]

NHANES data in R

By | July 10th, 2015|R|

Background NHANES is a national survey of health in the US, conducted every 2 years. Unfortunately, all the data are stored as SAS transport files, and there are many files for each 2-year wave. We are slowly working on a package for NHANES analyses and have put some scripts on GitHub for downloading all of [...]

Welcome to Our Blog

By | June 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Welcome to the Outcomes Insights blog. Over the years, we have developed a number of algorithms, processes, and methods for conducting research in healthcare. We have learned a lot about how research is conducted, and about the available data sources for conducing health-related research. Much of what we have learned is interesting and/or useful, but [...]