No, all of the data is provided to the research community free of charge.
The patient level data provided in the database includes claims, consumer, some lab data, and electronic health record data. Unfortunately, at this time there is no genomic data available. It is important to note here that there are publicly available datasets for genomic data, and with our Bring Your Own Data policy we are more than happy to help you bring that data into the database.
Ultimately, this will take a bit of work to figure out whether or not variables are COVID-related. Real world data by nature is a bit messy, and therefore, may take some time to parse apart. The data dictionaries are a perfect place to start in order to determine if a variable is COVID-related.
Some data sources will provide zip code. However, all zip codes have been shortened to their first three digits (e.g., 92618 to 926) in compliance with HIPPA standards.
The process is exactly the same, except there are a few additional pages in the application form specifically aimed at applying for the grant. You will need to submit a new application with the additional information, but the first section of your application can be identical to your previous submission.
At this time we do not have a list of continuing research project in order to protect researcher privacy. However, we are working on some solutions that will allow you to see groups that are conducting similar work, with their permission.
We do have patient level vaccine administration data. However, this data is not comprehensive as we only have vaccines that are reported in claims data rather than at mass vaccination sites or records in an immunization information system. Additionally, testing within public sites will not be in the database.
Within each dataset there will be some sort of patient identifier that could be used to track a patient longitudinally. Additionally, if using the Common Data Schema, Datavant tokens can be used to track a patient longitudinally and across datasets.