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Leverage the strength of secondary data sources to answer your questions of public health importance.

Federal and other clients often need to conduct surveillance activities or evaluate programmatic impacts but may lack the resources for large scale primary data collection efforts.  

NORC’s Health Analytics program has developed methods and expertise to address surveillance, evaluation, and research questions using secondary data sources that have already been collected, such as medical payment claims, electronic health records, nationally representative surveys, and published study estimates.  

NORC has worked with the CDC’s Vision Health Initiative to build the Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System using data collected from Secondary sources. We are working with the CDC’s Division of Population Health to develop a small area estimates of hearing loss for the United States and with the National Institute on Aging to build the country’s first surveillance system of diagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s related dementias. For CDC’s Division of Injury Prevention, NORC is using electronic health records and administrative payment claims in conjunction with a primary data collection to evaluate the effectiveness of the CDC STEADI Fall Prevention Initiative.

Health Analytics Experts

Highlighted Projects

COVID-19 & Obesity Survey

Assessing public perceptions of obesity risks and treatments and the impact of COVID-19


American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Florida Transparency Initiative for Health Care

Developing a tool to help consumers compare health care costs and quality


Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI)

Improving and Enhancing the U.S. Vision and Eye Health Surveillance

The most comprehensive system to track eye diseases and vision loss


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation, Vision Health Initiative

Colorado All-Payer Claims Database

Streamlining the management of Colorado’s health insurance claims


Center for Improving Value in Healthcare (CIVHC)

Equitably Promoting a Hypertension Control Method

Determining if the Hypertension Management Program is effective in high-burden, low-resourced health care settings


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Estimating Costs and Mortality of Hospital-Acquired Conditions

Quantifying the burden of hospital acquired conditions in America


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Validated Device Listing Project

Helping the AMA develop a list of devices validated for clinical accuracy


American Medical Association

Indiana University’s P2P Health Interviews

Sampling and data collection support for the Person to Person Health Interview Study


Indiana University

The Truth Initiative Foundation GIS Support

Innovative geospatial analytical work to support groundbreaking tobacco research


The Truth Initiative Foundation

Evaluation of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model

Assessing an innovative model to reduce Medicare costs


Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

The nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital care data


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Enhancing Maine’s All-Payer Claims Database

New and improved processes for collecting and using Maine’s health care claims data


Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)

Development of an Interactive Fall Prevention Planning Tool

Online comprehensive tool to increase awareness of fall risk and prevent falls among older adults


CDC Foundation

Obesity Prevalence & Comorbidity Map

An interactive mapping tool offering insights into prevalence of obesity and related chronic diseases


Novo Nordisk

Health Care Cost Institute Research Database

Managing one of the nation’s largest multi-payer claims databases to drive insights into health care spending trends


Health Care Cost Institute

AHRQ Safety Program for MRSA Prevention

Scaling and evaluating an evidence-based approach to MRSA prevention in hospitals and long-term care facilities


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Support for CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

Engaging state health agencies to adopt 6|18 Initiatives that improve population health


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Massachusetts Lawyer Well-Being Study

Understand lawyer well-being and how it varies by demographics, employment type, and workplace environment


Board of Bar Overseers Massachusetts