Data Management Core (Director, Catherine Cooksley, DrPH)
- Construct a new software and hardware environment for the new CERCIT data resource through UTMB’s Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes.
- Consult with the Texas Cancer Registry and the owners of the three sources of Texas claims data on linkage arrangements. The de-identified linked files will include
the years 2000-2011 (Data will be updated to include the years 2011 and 2012 with additional funding): TCR linked Medicare data (TCR-Medicare); TCR linked Medicaid data (TCR-Medicaid);
TCR linked private insurance data (TCR-private insurance).
- Construct the CERCIT data resource: TCR linked Medicare data (TCR-Medicare), TCR linked Medicaid data (TCR-Medicaid), TCR linked private insurance data (TCR-private insurance),
Texas Medicare 100%, Texas Medicaid 100%, Texas private insurance data source (sample of insured Texans). Supplemental databases will be linked in to each of the six major data
files and will include the American Medical Association’s (AMA) physician Masterfile, the CMS Provider of Services (POS) data and a contextual file based on U.S. 2000 Census data.
- Design and maintain a comprehensive data security system to support secure data sharing and protect data integrity.
- Coordinate data extraction, file delivery and report generation.
- Using claims data, aid the Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) in enhancing its population-based cancer registry.
Catherine D. Cooksley, DrPH directs the Data Management core. She is a Senior Biostatistician for the Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes.
She is trained in public health epidemiology, specifically disease surveillance and control. Dr. Cooksley spent the past 19 years at the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center providing data management
and statistical analytic support to faculty, students and staff who conducted clinical and population-based health services and outcomes research. Dr. Cooksley's expertise includes cancer
registry procedures, claims data and database linkage strategies. Collaborating with researchers and clinicians from multidisciplinary backgrounds, she has authored or contributed to papers
investigating health care delivery and supportive care needs of cancer patients and survivors utilizing databases such as the SEER linked Medicare data, Texas and national inpatient and
survey databases including National Health Interview Survey and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Dr. Cooksley is current editor of the Texas Public Health Journal.