SILVER SPRING, MD, and DURHAM, NC, May 9, 2014—Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS), a public health research services provider, has announced that it was recently awarded a health care data analytics and statistical products contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The contract, which is expected to continue over 5 years totaling $33.5 million, will be wholly funded by the federal government.
AHRQ’s mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. The purpose of this contract is to provide for timely and efficient database management, data programming and analysis which applies highly specialized statistical and econometric methods to nationally representative sample selections, microsimulation modeling, and complex survey design estimates and analytical statistics from large administrative databases – computer-related consulting and technical assistance, web support, public use file production, and analysis activities for the Agency.
Much of the analytical, data management, and computer programming services to be provided by this contract will be based on the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).
SSS has been a partner in these efforts for 35 years. SSS’ experienced staff have a deep understanding of the data management and analysis processes and procedures needed to handle data from a range of sources. SSS’ secure data center and upgraded systems will ensure the continuation of the company’s uncompromising commitment to data security.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with AHRQ,” said SSS President and CEO James J. Lynch, PhD. “We thoroughly understand the complexity of the data this agency collects and disseminates, we know the challenges of meeting the demands of its users, and we understand the need for exceptional quality control procedures."
About Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS) is an employee-owned public health research organization with a mission to improve public health worldwide. The company provides support for the public and private sectors in the areas of public health and international development. SSS has offices in Silver Spring, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kigali, Rwanda; and Kampala, Uganda. For more information, please visit us at www.s-3.com.