Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course
Module 3: Selected Players (Federal and Private) (Page 21 of 27)
National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO)
Established in 1986, NAHDO (http://www.nahdo.org/) is a "membership and educational organization dedicated to improving health and health systems through publicly available health information."
NAHDO's mission is to provide leadership in healthcare information management and analysis, promote the availability of and access to health data, and encourage the use of these data to make informed decisions and guide the development of health policy.
Members include state and federal health data organizations, managed-care organizations, commercial vendors, third-party payers, national healthcare associations, employee benefits firms, and healthcare researchers.
NAHDO performs consultative services, education, and research activities, such as developing HCUP-3, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, which contains information on hospitals and their patients for health services research and health policy analysis.
Web Data Dissemination Toolkit (WDDT)
NAHDO is currently working on several projects including a Web Data Dissemination Toolkit (WDDT). The primary objective "is to facilitate the sharing of information between states and agencies on strategies to improve state health information and data dissemination strategies; promote national convergence of health data use and dissemination methodologies, tools, and standards; and to link the users and the developers of web-based data dissemination systems for assisting the transfer of knowledge and technologies."
This clearinghouse is "intended to serve as the medium through which state data agencies can share resources, tools, methodologies, and expertise related to the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of health data." A page within this site, the Data Resource Kit, provides access to a data resource kit composed of administrative, analytic, data management, dissemination, and proposal writing tools as well as funding sources and state IRB information.
To get information about the work of the many NAHDO projects and committees sign up for one or more of the interesting listservs.
- Why is it important for researchers to have associations like NAHDO available?
- Visit the NAHDO Web site and explore it. What kinds of resources would you find useful on the site for your work?
- How important is the IC-BRIC Clearinghouse for sharing state data and analytic information?