The Data Linkage BranchThe specialist team at the Department of Health who are responsible for developing and maintaining the WA Data Linkage System, performing data linkage, and the facilitation of access to linked data. is currently experiencing a high level of demand. Projects are being placed in a queue. The queue is generally administered on a “first come, first served” basis to promote equity of access. Currently, there are ~60 HRECHuman Research Ethics Committee approved projects that are awaiting linked dataCan refer to: (1) the demographic data used in the Data Linkage process; or (2) information pertaining to services provided to people or their clinical information (available only from Data Custodians, including via CARES).. The waiting time varies  depending on a variety of factors such as data availability, data integrity, complexity of the project, and technical and logistical considerations. The longest waiting times are associated with projects that require major new infrastructure linkages, or are awaiting action by Data Custodians or Researchers before they can be progressed by the Data LinkageA complex technique for connecting data records within and between datasets using demographic data (e.g. name, date of birth, address, sex, medical record number). Also called ‘Record Linkage’ or ‘Linkage’. Branch.  

 

Applications received so far in 2017: 14

Applications to have received completed data in 2017: 35

 

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