The objective of the PHIS+ project is to build on the existing infrastructure provided by Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA)--a business alliance networking 43 of North America's leading children's hospitals--to augment its existing database with laboratory and radiology data for children seen in the ambulatory and inpatient departments of 6 large children's hospitals. The existing database, called the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), is a comprehensive pediatric database containing clinical and financial details of more than six million patient cases. The enhanced database, called PHIS+, will provide a rich data source for academic clinicians to answer in real time the comparative effectiveness questions that affect hospitalized children, thereby significantly enhancing the quality and scope of pediatric comparative effectiveness research.
This work will build the data platform needed to make advances in the following 4 areas:
The PHIS+ project will use an existing robust computational infrastructure—The Federated Utah Research and Translation Health electronic Repository (FURTHeR)—to link data from 6 children's hospitals (with the potential to expand to more) and sites of care (inpatient, outpatient, Emergency Department, Day Surgery) and conduct meaningful comparative effectiveness research in several AHRQ priority areas for several AHRQ priority populations, including children, children with multiple co-morbidities, minorities, and those from lower socioeconomic status.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded $8,693,362 for this 3-year project.