The Health Services Research Data Center (HSRDC) provides a secure environment for investigators analyzing protected patient information. It coordinates the acquisition, storage, and analysis of data from private and government sources (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, and others) and facilitates their use by researchers who seek to answer important questions regarding health policy and health care. The data center enhances Penn’s research capabilities by:
- Providing an environment to conduct large federally and privately funded research projects.
- Encouraging collaborations on increasingly interdisciplinary research that includes investigators from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, Wharton, and Penn Law, among others.
- Permitting mentored trainees to use the system in close collaboration with Penn faculty members.
- Allowing Penn faculty members to perform pilot research in preparation for grant applications.
Health Economics Data Analyst Pool (HEDAP) provides LDI-affiliated researchers access to high-quality, skilled data analysts working on health services research projects.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, OptumInsight, Federal Statistical Research Data Center, American Hospital Association, and Dollars for Docs.
The LDI Small Grants Program requests proposals for pilot research and working group grants in the broad category of health systems and health policy research. The proposals investigate emerging medical, economic, social, and policy issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered with particular interest in projects aligned with our four main health policy and research themes: insurance reform, health care delivery, healthy behaviors, and vulnerable populations.
One of the challenges in applying evidence to policy is the gap between the timing of emerging policy issues and the life cycle of a research project. To bridge this gap, LDI will make LDI Policy Accelerator Pilot Grants available to qualifying researchers. The goal of this new form of pilot grant is to incentivize LDI experts to produce policy-relevant content—a descriptive data brief, an opinion piece, a perspective or viewpoint, prominent blog post, or testimony—in response to an issue of immediate concern to policymakers.
In collaboration with the Penn Medicine Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, LDI convenes topic-specific research working groups. Each is chaired by a Senior Fellow and has flexibility on how they operate in order to achieve the greatest impact.
The LDI website includes an "Experts Directory" that is an index of all Senior Fellows, Associate Fellows and Adjunct Fellows searchable by name, school and research interests.
LDI's communications staff can assist Senior Fellows and Associate Fellows in repackaging and effectively communicating their research and expertise for different audiences.
The LDI graphics department offers a Poster Printing Service to all LDI Senior Fellows and Associate Fellows who are the first or second author on a poster.