Veterans Affairs patient database (VAPD 2014-2017): building nationwide granular data for clinical discovery.

Affiliation

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 16, Floor 3, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA. [Email]

Abstract

To study patient physiology throughout a period of acute hospitalization, we sought to create accessible, standardized nationwide data at the level of the individual patient-facility-day. This methodology paper summarizes the development, organization, and characteristics of the Veterans Affairs Patient Database 2014-2017 (VAPD 2014-2017). The VAPD 2014-2017 contains acute hospitalizations from all parts of the nationwide VA healthcare system with daily physiology including clinical data (labs, vitals, medications, risk scores, etc.), intensive care unit (ICU) indicators, facility, patient, and hospitalization characteristics.

Keywords

Electronic health records,Healthcare database,Hospitalization, sepsis,Laboratory values,Patient physiology,

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