Faculty Resources for using Clinical Data to Teach Health Systems Science


Webinar: Using Big Data to Teach Population Health which gives an overview of this project. This webinar was hosted by the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

Downloadable resources:

Lecture Slides Lecture slides: Introduction to SPARCS and the Health Care by the Numbers project
Lecture Slides (PDF) Lecture slides: Population Health and Panel Health Management
Lecture Slides (PDF) Lecture slides: How do you measure value? Measuring for improvement
Lecture Slides (PDF) Lecture slides: The Patient Experience
View Document Faculty guide and orientation for the student presentation session
View Document Faculty evaluation form for the student presentation session.

Other Public Online Education Resources


Free data resources for student education and research projects

A foundational aspect of the NYU ACE program and the Health Care by the Numbers Curriculum is the use of authentic clinical data from both our local EMR and open data resources. We have developed two new educational clinical data tools for this project, both of which are freely and publicly available:
New York State SPARCS Data
The NYU ACE version of the NYS SPARCS database includes patient-level data on over 9 million inpatient discharges seen at 227 NY hospitals in 2013-2016. The site lets you explore by DRG code, providers, or hospitals. Data extracts are downloadable for projects and research studies.

NYU Virtual Practice and Virtual Patient Panels
This site contains a fictitious health care group that consists of three practices:
  • Mott Community Practice – Patient population and payer mix is similar to a city hospital in NYC.
  • Women's Medical Group – Patient population is mix of city and private NYC patients.
  • University Practice Associates – Patient population and payer mix is similar to private practice in NYC.
The data for the providers and patients in this practice were created by aggregating: problem lists and visit types from de-identified EMR data; payer and demographics from SPARCS; patient-level lab data, measurements from NHANES. Though they reflect real metrics and are totally authentic, these virtual patients have been significantly manipulated and combined with unrelated sources to create this practice data.

Selected Freely Available Clinical Datasets Resources for education and research projects
Database/Resource Patient Data Provider Data Raw Data
State-Specific Data Sources from County Health Rankings X X X
theDataMap - listing of state health databases of inpatient discharges X X X
CMS Provider Charge Data - data.gov
9.5 million records of the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services.
X X
CDC NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey)
Detailed patient-level behavioral, societal, and laboratory data on a nationally representative sample of about 5,000 persons each year.
X X
CMS Timely and Effective Care measures
This data set includes provider-level data for measures of heart attack care, heart failure care, pneumonia care, surgical care, emergency department care, preventive care, and more.
X X
Clinical and Population Data Catalogs