The search engine for healthcare databases
B.R.I.D.G.E. TO DATA® is Your Connection to Healthcare Databases Worldwide - a unique non-profit online reference describing population healthcare databases for use in epidemiology and health outcomes research. (NOTE: This site does not contain any proprietary data or actual datasets from any healthcare database.)
Drawing on decades of experience with databases, we developed this tool to allow users to identify key features and compare database profiles. This resource also serves as an educational tool for public health research and as a template for health systems planners to design or refine their healthcare data.
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Identify population healthcare databases worldwide
Key Database Features
Types of databases include:
- Longitudinal EMR and claims
- Drug or disease specific cohorts
- National surveys
- National surveillance systems
- Spontaneous reporting systems
~350 standardized database profiles
135 defined data fields
Profiles from 43 countries
List of Database Profiles
Browse our listing of ~350 profiles from 43 countries
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What our customers say
Congratulations for building B.R.I.D.G.E. TO DATA! Our recent exploration of available databases for the study of medications in pregnancy has given me firsthand experience of how difficult it can be to identify an appropriate database!
I highly recommend researchers in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and related disciplines to use B.R.I.D.G.E. TO DATA to identify a suitable database which will meet the needs of their research. Also pharmaceutical companies should look more often at the databases described by B.R.I.D.G.E. if they are required to conduct PASS studies.
B.R.I.D.G.E. TO DATA has been very helpful for initial screening data sources for a potential epi study. It provides broad, thorough, and detailed information on each database listed in the system. It has been a wonderful tool to have, especially for feasibility evaluation.
Managed by the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL), the Netherlands Cancer Registry is the only oncological
Containing over 80M patients, the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) Database (United Kingdom) consists of all secondary care
With data starting from 1999 and around 500,000 cancer patients being added each year, the population-based cancer registries in each German federal state transfer data to the German Centre for Can