Service description

The CERNER Health Facts® database captures and stores de-identified, longitudinal electronic health record (EHR) patient data, and then aggregates and organizes these data into consumable data sets to facilitate analysis and reporting. The data are generated from Cerner and non-Cerner participating contributing facilities and go back as far as 2000.

Cerner Health Facts focuses on providing information on five health outcomes: clinical, economic, process, functional, and satisfaction. Specifically, the database includes data on patient demographics, encounters, diagnoses, prescriptions, procedures, laboratory tests, locations of services/patients (e.g., clinic, ED, ICU, etc.) and hospital information, and billing.

Currently, Cerner Health Facts contains data from:

  • Over 65,000,000 patients
  • Over 1.3 billion laboratory results
  • Over 84 million acute admissions, emergency and ambulatory visits
  • Over nine years of detailed pharmacy, laboratory, billing and registration data
  • More than 151 million orders for nearly 4,500 drugs by name and brand, and
  • 100% of Patients in Orchid, Keck Care and KIDS.

Benefits for users

  • Cerner Health Facts is a HIPAA-compliant database collected from participating clinical facilities.
  • A comprehensive source of de-identified, real-world data collected as a by-product of patient care.
  • Cerner Health Facts collects clinical records with time-stamped and sequenced information on pharmacy, laboratory, admission and billing data from all patient care locations.
  • Designed to track a drug's or device's usage across diagnoses and major procedures, as well as by geographic region and hospital type.
  • Researchers can determine practice patterns, treatments, and outcomes.

How to get access

Health Facts is available to USC Faculty, Staff, Students, Residents, Fellows and research affiliates with an active USC NET ID. 

Please contact to request access.

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