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Featured Case Studies

Estimating the Burden of RSV Infection

Dr. Mary Patricia Nowalk, Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues used data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) to estimate the hospitalization and economic burden of adults hospitalized with infections due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Understanding Variations in Perioperative Care for Lung Cancer

Dr. Tyler Grenda, Assistant Professor at the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, used PHC4 data to identify the key factors driving the wide variations in perioperative outcomes and evaluate provider-level variation in risk and reliability-adjusted outcomes in lung cancer patients.

Studies on Physician Characteristics and Patient Outcomes

Dr. John Norcini, President Emeritus of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), used PHC4 data to look for connections between physician characteristics like practice volume and time since medical school and a patient’s risk of in-hospital mortality.

Recent Case Studies

Browse our most recent case studies to see how our data is being used.

Evaluating the Impact of Non-Fatal Firearm-Related Injuries in Pennsylvania

Researcher Seeks to Understand Mode of Delivery in Childbirth and Its Impact on Women’s Health

Hospital Analyst Uses PHC4 Data to Improve Health Care

Health Coalition Uses Data to Create High-Performance Provider Network

Hospitals Use PHC4 Data to Meet Demand for Services and Maximize Quality

PA Office of Attorney General Uses PHC4 Data to Ensure a Competitive Health Care Marketplace

PHC4 Data Is Critical to Research on Improving Quality of Intensive Care

PHC4 Data Unlocks Many Mysteries, Often with Actionable Results

PHC4 Data Allows Examination of Links Between Smoking Legislation and Hospitalization Trends

PHC4 Data Helps Keep Law Enforcement Healthy for a Reasonable Price

PHC4 Partners with HCUP, A National Health Care Data Resource

Highmark Relies on PHC4 Data for Market Analysis

The Impact of Obstetric Unit Closures on Pregnancy Outcomes

Bucknell University Students Gain Research, Analytic Skills Using PHC4 Data

Competition and the Impact of Online Hospital Report Cards

Erie Community Foundation Uses PHC4 Data to Demonstrate Health Care Needs

PHC4 Data Helps Capital BlueCross, Providers Improve Health Care Experience

PHC4 Data Studied to Evaluate a Community Improvement Program

PHC4 Data – A Valuable Component in Campaign to Reduce Lower Extremity Amputations

PHC4 Data Used to Study Bleeding Disorders

An Assessment of Education and Intervention Program for Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome

Optimal Placement of New Trauma Centers within an Existing Trauma System

Risk Factors Resulting in Readmissions for Hospitalized Patients with Diabetes in Pennsylvania

Monitoring Hospital Outcomes for Patient Care Quality and Safety

Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research – Panel Study of Effects of Changes in Nursing on Patient Outcomes

The 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health Study – Impact of Type 2 Diabetes on Healthcare Utilization in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania

Race and Rehabilitation Services After Joint Replacement

Impact of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Regionalization on Health Care Utilization and Mortality

Effects of Payment Reform on Post-Acute Care After Lower Extremity Joint Replacement

Health Care Access Expansions and Use of Veterans Affairs and Other Hospitals by Veterans

US Hospitalized Adult Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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