Health Economics announces new State Health Practice Database for Research contract
The Health Economics Program of the Common Fund announces a new contract to IMPAQ International, LLC and its subcontractors to design and create a State Health Practice Database for Research (SHPDR). This new contract, supported after a competitive review of proposals, will meet the need for state-level data for research on a range of issues affecting health outcomes, in an environment in which health care delivery systems, health care financing, and health care technology are all changing rapidly. The resource resulting from this contract will be a core data set with numeric and categorical variables on health practices that can be used with statistical software, and can be linked with existing health and economic data for hypothesis-driven research. The need for this resource was discussed by experts at a 2010 NIH meeting and elaborated in responses from the scientific community to a Request for Information. Working Group members also consulted with Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation and other HHS agencies to avoid duplication of efforts.