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.

 

 

 

Benefits

Global

A centralized worldwide compendium of population database profiles

Comprehensive

In-depth database details, approved by database managers

Timely

Constantly growing number of up-to-date profiles

Structured

Efficient side-by-side comparison and analysis

Access a specialized glossary

A proprietary glossary created specifically for subscribers provides key definitions including international coding systems used by databases profiled in B.R.I.D.G.E. TO DATA®.

Contact our staff

Our staff is available by email, phone, or fax for questions or to provide feedback. A live person can help address user needs M-F 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM US Eastern Time.

Scan recent publications & administrative contacts for each database

Recent relevant scientific publications are cited for each database. Additional informative resources include specific contact information for each database manager, website address, and access details.

Archive searches & create your own database collections

Our “Save Searches” feature helps subscribers view, update, and add to prior searches within their personal account. Additionally, subscribers can create their own collections for future use and update them as needed.

Search & Compare standardized profiles side-by-side

Highlighted fields indicate matching or non-matching data details allowing for efficient side-by-side comparison of 75 data fields across multiple databases.

Access most up-to-date profiles verified by database managers

All profiles are reviewed by database managers and updated on a continuous basis. Updated database profiles replace older versions to avoid duplicate entries.

Identify population healthcare databases worldwide

Based in the United States, B.R.I.D.G.E. TO DATA® provides a unique searchable and comprehensive compendium of information on population healthcare databases worldwide. Researchers are able to view profiles on various population datasets on a single site.

Key Database Features

Types of databases include:

  • Longitudinal EMR and claims
  • Drug or disease specific cohorts
  • Registries
  • National surveys
  • National surveillance systems
  • Spontaneous reporting systems
  • Tissue/Blood
  • Genomic/Pharmacogenetic

320 standardized database profiles

135 defined data fields

Profiles from 42 countries

Continuously updated

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What our customers say

B.R.I.D.G.E. TO DATA® serves as a global leader in providing rich information on data resources available for public health research, especially in pharmaco- and other medical product epidemiology, and health economics.  As a portal to identify and learn more about data sets and their content available for this research, B.R.I.D.G.E. is a <cite> must-have </cite> for those trying to find the best data available to answer research questions relating to medicines and other therapeutic and diagnostic products. 
 

Kate Lapane, PhD, Associate Dean of Clinical and Population Health Research, UMASS Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA.

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.

Jihong Zong, MD, PhD, Director, Global Epidemiology, Therapeutic Area Head Oncology, Bayer HealthCare.

“B.R.I.D.G.E TO DATA (BTD) is the prevailing resource for capturing detailed global metadata on real-world databases.  The developers of BTD have spent meticulous thought into creating a process for collecting (and maintaining) data by building relationships with key data vendors across the world.  With the breadth and magnitude of global real-world data available, it’s a testament to the scientific staff at BTD to successfully achieve such an ambitious undertaking.”

Vinay Mehta, PhD, MS, Director, Real World Data Strategic Partnerships in Oncology, GlaxoSmithKline (USA).

What's new

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