We provide dynamic web experiences for the future of healthcare
Health Information Solutions was founded in 1996. We started as a partner of the University of California, Berkeley to link health and demographic databases for the State of California and to present new insights on the World Wide Web.
Today, Health Information Solutions has grown to serve the needs of over twenty-five public and private healthcare companies, government agencies, foundations, and universities.
We have been an alliance partner of the SAS Corporation for over twenty years. Our speciality is the delivery of customized, open-source-based web applications that tap into the power of SAS's analytical engine.
Some of our recent solutions include...
A real-time data collection and reporting platform for over 130 hospitals participating in the California Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The solution supports data entry that is adapted to changing client needs, as well as the delivery of real-time data analytics at the network, regional and hospital level.
A data abstraction and reporting system for Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research. The system automates the pull of data from the electronic medical record, and includes error and completeness checks, and generates submission-ready EDI files.
A data collection and reporting platform for the California Perinatal Transport System. The solution consolidates collection, reporting, and statisitcal analysis for the health status of newborn infants that require acute transport within 28 days of birth.
A repository of volume and post-procedure outcomes for cardiac surgery and interventions in California. The work was a collaboration with The California Society of Thoracic Surgeons and UC Irvine. Visit CaliforniaCardiacSurgery.com for more information.
A data collection and reporting platform for over 120 hospitals and outpatient centers particpating in the Palliative Care Quality Network The system allows both web-entry and electronic exchange from the medical record. It has a suite of reports that allow facilities to monitor trends and compare themselves to other participants. It also provides flexible online tools for bedside data collection and tracking, essentially acting as an electronic medical record for palliative care.
Health Information Solutions has developed customized linkage algorithms for several health and demographic databases.
Our most well known linkage is for infant hospital discharge records, maternal hospital
discharge records, and vital statistics birth certificate data. Our probabilistic algorithms deliver linkage percentages exceeding 98%.
We have also developed a probabilistic linkage technique for matching re-hospitalizations and transfers
of under-one-year olds to their birth hospitalization as well as for matching maternal prenatal
and postnatal hospitalizations.
Starting with birth cohort year 2006, we extended the linkage to include a) any matches of infants under 1 year of age in ambulatory surgery or emergency
department records, and b) any matches of maternal prenatal (within 9 months prior to the delivery) or maternal postnatal (within 1 year of the delivery) visits in ambulatory
surgery or emergency department records.
Matching Medicare beneficiary data to California hospital discharge data
Linkages for the California Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Outcome Reporting Program (CCORP)
Linkage of pediatric emergency department encouters to inpatient admissions
Matching of EMS trasport and emergency department encounter data
Linkage of maternal postpartum deaths to vital statistics birth certificate data.
Health Information Solutions supports statistical analyses for research. Examples include...
For the past 15 years we have worked with the California Office of Statewide Planning and Development on the annual California Report on Coronary Bypass Graft
In collaboration with Rand, Santa Monica, we assessed the effect of survey mode and other factors
on surveys designed to measure patient satisfaction with their medical groups.
In collaboration with the Pacific
Business Group on Health (PBGH),
we studied the effects of early (within 48 hours)
and very early discharge (within 24 hours)
on infant re-admissions during the first 28
days of life. In an effort to assess aspects of the quality of care provided
by hospitals in California, we produced risk-adjusted re-hospitalization rates for
each hospital in California.
PBGH has made the results of this work publicly available.
We have been or are involved in several research efforts with the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of General Medicine at the
University of California at Davis.
We were involved in a marketing research study for the California AIM
(Access to Infants and Mothers) program, a program that provides health insurance
for uninsured pregnant women and their children. Using GIS techniques, we are able to identify those local
areas in California with the largest proportion of uninsured women with
inadequate levels of prenatal care and less than optimal birth
outcomes,e.g., high re-hospitalization rates or percentages of low birth
Our principals have over twenty-five years of experience with SAS Software
We offer techincal support in the following areas: