IMPAQ to Develop New Synthetic Health Care Database, Supporting AHRQ in Promoting Health Care Price and Quality Transparency

Columbia, Maryland


November 12, 2019

IMPAQ was selected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create a comprehensive synthetic health care database to enable researchers and entrepreneurs to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement in the health care system.

Synthetic data are detailed records created to improve the utility of analytic files while preventing the disclosure of confidential information. IMPAQ, with support from partners NORC at the University of Chicago and ASCEND, will create new synthetic data sets based on claims from government and commercial health insurance plans.  These data will facilitate analyses that reflect a comprehensive view of the use of health services across the United States.

The nationally representative dataset is expected to improve transparency in the cost and quality of healthcare. It will also facilitate benchmarking for hospitals and payers interested in improving quality and outcomes for their patients and communities. 

“Synthetic health care data represents a new frontier in delivering on the policy goal of increased price transparency and evidence-based policymaking,” says IMPAQ President Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi. “IMPAQ looks forward to working with AHRQ to make this powerful resource available to researchers, entrepreneurs, and clinicians to improve our health care system.”

This project builds on IMPAQ’s experience in developing synthetic health care data for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, along with the company’s deep policy expertise, advanced analytics, and data modeling capabilities.

IMPAQ works to develop evidence to improve outcomes while containing the cost of health care. In implementing this ARHQ initiative, the company will work to increase access to and usability of health care claims data, and ultimately improve transparency in the health care system for all Americans.


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