Databases in the Asia-pacific region: the potential for a distributed network approach

Edward Chia-Cheng Lai, Kenneth K C Man, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, Ching-Lan Cheng, Hsu-Chih Chien, Celine S L Chui, Piyameth Dilokthornsakul, N Chantelle Hardy, Cheng-Yang Hsieh, Chung Yi Hsu, Kiyoshi Kubota, Tzu-Chieh Lin, Yanfang Liu, Byung Joo Park, Nicole Pratt, Elizabeth Ellen Roughead, Ju-Young Shin, Sawaeng Watcharathanakij, Jin Wen, Ian Chi Kei WongYea-Huei Kao Yang, Yinghong Zhang, Soko Setoguchi

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Background: This study describes the availability and characteristics of databases in Asian-Pacific countries and assesses the feasibility of a distributed network approach in the region. Methods: A web-based survey was conducted among investigators using healthcare databases in the Asia-Pacific countries. Potential survey participants were identified through the Asian Pharmacoepidemiology Network. Results: Investigators from a total of 11 databases participated in the survey. Database sources included four nationwide claims databases from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan; two nationwide electronic health records from Hong Kong and Singapore; a regional electronic health record from western China; two electronic health records from Thailand; and cancer and stroke registries from Taiwan. Conclusions: We identified 11 databases with capabilities for distributed network approaches. Many country-specific coding systems and terminologies have been already converted to international coding systems. The harmonization of health expenditure data is a major obstacle for future investigations attempting to evaluate issues related to medical costs. Copyright ? 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815 - 820
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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