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Health Facilities Data Reporting Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Health Facilities Data Reporting
FAQs for Researchers:

How can I access a copy of the dataset?

Submit a request and signed Data Use Agreement for consideration using the forms found in the appendices of the Program Guidelines. Requests should include specifics on the research purpose of the request, and a justification for each variable requested. There is a charge of $2,000 per calendar year of data. Data are transmitted via secure electronic message.

How many records are in the dataset?

The 2015 inpatient database contains about 61,000 discharge records, and the outpatient database contains about 1.2 million records. The files are tab-delimited .txt files. Due to the size of the database, we recommend using software that is capable of handling large datasets.

Where can I find a data dictionary?

A data dictionary is included as an appendix to the Program Guidelines. Excel VLOOKUP tables and SAS formats are available upon request.

For more information contact:

  • Research Unit
    Health Analytics & Vital Records
    Alaska Division of Public Health
    PO Box 110675
    Juneau, AK 99811
    Phone: (907) 465-8604
    Fax: (907) 465-4689