Data Requests for Applied Public Health Research
Thank you for your interest in using NC DETECT for public health research purposes.
- Give you a brief overview of NC DETECT
- Describe the data available in NC DETECT
- Walk you through the data request process
After completing the presentation, you will be directed to the online data request submission form. The data request submission form requires information on the following:
- Primary requester contact information and information for all co-requesters (anyone who will have access to the dataset provided)
- Research purpose and public health significance
- How the research will be used (presentation, publication, grant application, dissertation, etc.)
We strongly recommend contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your data request before submission.
Due to severe resource limitations, research data requests may take several months to be processed.
To expedite the data request process, the NC Division of Public Health has developed a standardized limited dataset of NC DETECT emergency department data that serves the needs of most applied public health researchers. The data elements included in this dataset are listed in the table below. Requesting this limited dataset rather than a customized one is strongly encouraged.
|Data Element Name||Description/Notes|
|Internal Tracking ID||NC DETECT-generated identifier that uniquely identifies a patient in a healthcare facility/system. Can be used to track repeat visits by the same patient to the same facility/system. Associated with the Medical Record Number|
|Patient Age||Available in years|
|Sex||M (Male), F (Female), U (Unknown)|
|Race and Ethnicity||Data were 50% complete starting in January 2016 and 90% complete starting in August 2016|
|Patient County||Patient’s county of residence|
|Patient ZIP||Patient’s ZIP of residence (3-digit)|
|Patient State||Patient’s state of residence|
|Visit ID||NC DETECT-generated identifier that uniquely identifies a specific ED visit. Associated with the Account Number|
|Insurance Coverage (or Other Expected Source of Payment)||Entity or person expected to be responsible for patient’s bill for this ED visit (private insurance, self-pay, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) coded values, code descriptions and free text values|
|Arrival Date/Time of Day||First date and time (2-hour time blocks) documented in patient’s record for this ED visit|
|Transport Mode||Patient’s mode of transport to ED (walk-in, ground ambulance, etc.) coded values, code descriptions, and free text values|
|Chief Complaint||Patient’s reason for seeking care or attention, expressed in terms as close as possible to those used by patient or responsible informant|
|Blood Pressure||Blood pressure taken at triage (when available)|
|Initial Temperature||Temperature taken at triage (in Celsius) (when available)|
|Disposition||Patient’s anticipated location or status following ED visit (discharged, admitted, transferred, died, etc.) coded values, code descriptions, and free text values|
|Disposition Diagnosis Description||Practitioner’s description of condition or problem for which services were provided during patient’s ED visit, recorded at time of disposition|
|Diagnosis Code(s)||Up to 11 ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM Final Diagnosis Codes|
|Procedure Code(s)||ICD-9-PCS and ICD-10-PCS, and CPT codes|
|Injury Code(s)||ICD codes used to classify injury mechanism. Injury codes are distinct from diagnosis codes for data from January 2008 through September 30, 2015 (ICD-9-CM timeframe). There is no such distinction for data October 2015 forward (ICD-10-CM timeframe).|