Content and analytics vendor Thomson Reuters will, through a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services,  build an interactive tool to enable researchers performing comparative effectiveness studies to access data from disparate databases without the need for professional programming services.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company will do the work under a two-year contract with HHS that the government values at nearly $780,000.

The HITECH Act in the economic stimulus law appropriated $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research to develop and disseminate clinical best practices. The new tool will enable researchers to avoid having to start each study from scratch and to process, clean and format data from disparate databases, according to Thomson Reuters.

Using its tool, researchers will have access to clinical and administrative data in federal and state databases, as well as Thomson Reuters' MarketScan databases. MarketScan includes patient-level inpatient, outpatient, drug and laboratory data from commercial insurance, Medicaid and Medical supplemental plans reflecting real-world treatment patterns and costs, according to the vendor.

--Joseph Goedert


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