Service description

Available to members of the USC community, the  CERNER Health Facts® database captures and stores de-identified, longitudinal electronic health record (EHR) patient data, and then aggregates and organizes these data into consumable data sets to facilitate analysis and reporting. The data are generated from Cerner and non-Cerner participating contributing facilities and go back as far as 2000.

Currently Cerner Health Facts contains data from:

  • Over 158,300,000 patients
  • Over 1.3 billion laboratory results
  • Over 84 million acute admissions, emergency and ambulatory visits
  • Over nine years of detailed pharmacy, laboratory, billing and registration data
  • More than 151 million orders for nearly 4,500 drugs by name and brand, and
  • 100% of Patients in Orchid, Keck Care and KIDS.

For more information about Health Facts, please listen to this Cerner led podcast.

Benefits for users

  • Cerner Health Facts is a HIPAA-compliant database collected from participating clinical facilities.
  • It is a comprehensive source of de-identified, real-world data that is collected as a by-product of patient care.
  • Cerner Health Facts collects clinical records with time-stamped and sequenced information on pharmacy, laboratory, admission and billing data from all patient care locations.
  • The database is designed to track a drug's or device's usage across diagnoses and major procedures, as well as by geographic region and hospital type.
  • A researcher can determine practice patterns, treatments, and outcomes.
  • Cerner Health Facts focuses on providing information on five health outcomes: clinical, economic, process, functional, and satisfaction. Specifically, the database includes data on patient demographics, encounters, diagnoses, prescriptions, procedures, laboratory test, locations of services/patients (e.g., clinic, ED, ICU, etc.) and hospital information, and billing.

How to get access

USC researchers are required to complete (1) Human Subjects Training and (2) HIPAA training. Once complete, and reflecting in your iStar profile, please email requesting an account and access to i2b2. Please note: a USC Keck-secured Internet network is required to access the application.


Once registered, all informatics tools are self-service and free to USC researchers, with an option to purchase additional services.

Contact information

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