NAHDO FAQs

What is NAHDO?

The National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) is a national non-profit educational and membership organization dedicated to improving health care through the collection, dissemination, public availability, and use of health care data.  Established in 1986, NAHDO provides leadership in health care information management and analysis, promotes the availability of and access to health care data, and the use of these data to make informed decisions and guide the development of health care policy.

NAHDO provides leadership in health care information management and analysis, promotes the availability of and access to health care data, and the use of these data to make informed decisions and guide the development of health care policy.  NAHDO provides technical assistance and information on current issues and strategies to develop a comprehensive, integrated health information system.  NAHDO's educational programs serve as forum to foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas and practices among collectors and users of health data.  By doing so, NAHDO increases the state of the knowledge.

Who are NAHDO members?

NAHDO members are federal, state, academic, and private organizations that maintain or use large-scale health care data bases for health services research, market applications, public health and policy, quality improvement, and consumer information.  Our corporate members provide technical and analytic products and services to improve the quality and use of health care data.  Collectively, our members represent a diverse national "community of practice" around the collection, analysis, and dissemination of health care data.

What are health care data bases?

NAHDO and its members are leaders in the collection and use of the following large-scale data bases:

Statewide Inpatient Discharge Data: A complete collection of patient demographic, clinical and billing data for all payer types (including self-pay and uninsured) for all patients admitted to a licensed acute care hospital in a state during a calendar quarter or year. Inpatient data are collected by visit, not by individual, and are reported at the encounter level rather than as aggregated statistics.

Statewide Ambulatory Surgery Data: A complete collection of patient demographic, clinical, and billing data for all payer types (including self-pay and uninsured) for all patients admitted to a licensed facility in a state during a calendar quarter or year.  Ambulatory surgery data are collected by visit, not by individual, and are reported at the encounter level rather than as aggregated statistics. 

Statewide Emergency Department Data:  A complete collection of patient demographic, clinical and billing data for all payer types (including self-pay and uninsured) for all patients admitted to the emergency department in an licensed acute care hospital in a state during a calendar quarter or year. 

All Payer Claims Data Bases (APCDs): Large-scale databases, created by state mandate, that typically include data derived from medical, eligibility, provider, pharmacy, and/or dental files from private and public payers. 

States vary in how they make data reports and products available.  NAHDO members can access the State Health Data Agency Profiles to obtain details about state collection and release practices. 

Membership FAQs

Can individuals become members of NAHDO?

NAHDO is an organizational membership association. There are three categories of membership: public agency, non-profit health care organization, and corporate. Individual memberships are now limited to individuals who are not currently employed by an organization. Individual members cannot vote or hold board or leadership positions in NAHDO but will have access to the “Members Only” page on our website.

Can I pay our dues electronically or by credit card?

Yes. You may pay you dues online, but you must be logged into your member account on this website. You may also pay your dues with a credit card over the phone by calling 801-532-2299.

How can I add someone from my organization to the member distribution list?

Please e-mail us at info@nahdo.org to add an individual to the membership distribution list. NAHDO member contact types are:

President/CEO /Executive Contact
Senior executives of member organizations will be invited to attend leadership programs. Please note, the president/CEO or senior executive contact may be the same individual designated as the primary contact.

NAHDO Primary Member Contact
Your organization’s main contact, who has expertise or specializes in healthcare quality or patient safety. This contact retains voting rights on behalf of your organization.

NAHDO Secondary Member Contact

NAHDO Member Billing Contact
The individual who receives and processes your organization’s membership dues payments to NAHDO.

How can I update my contact information?

You can update your own contact information when you are logged into the NAHDO website.

How do I determine who is on my organization’s roster?

To determine who is on your organization’s roster, please e-mail info@nahdo.org

How can I reassign contacts?

To reassign contacts, please e-mail info@nahdo.org. Please provide us with the full name, title, phone number, e-mail, and mailing address for any new contact.

How can I remove someone from our organization’s roster?

To remove an individual from your organization’s roster, please e-mail info@nahdo.org.