The Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy has excellent research facilities that support studies involving big data and statistical modeling. Core facilities include a large conference-style room dedicated to ongoing research studies with a wall-mounted video camera, a TV monitor for wireless projection, as well as omni-directional microphones, a research office that allows hardwired access to the department’s research server, and a large graduate student office that provides work desks for about 20 PhD students as well as some MS students, visiting scholars and research interns. The department also provides an array of hardware, software, and personnel including a Statistical Research Coordinator who serves as both a database query specialist and statistical consultant.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy’s high speed research server, a 45Tb high speed disk storage system, network hardware, and backup and disaster recovery infrastructure, are physically located in a secure and environmentally controlled server farm at the UF Health Science Center. The server is accessed through secure desktop PC terminals in POP’s P.E. Foote Health Outcomes Laboratory, through authorized Foote Lab staff office desktop PC’s, and through a highly secure Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) system that can be installed on any notebook or desktop PC. The VDI system enables authorized users to access the research server from any remote location, allowing them to work flexibly within the server’s computing environment while at the same time completely preventing any uploading of malware/viruses or downloading of sensitive data between the remote PC and the server.
The research server houses currently among smaller data sets to support ongoing studies, billing records for more than 100 million lives from Medicaid Extract Files (MAX) and MarketScan® Data as well as UF Health Electronic Health Records from 100,000 admissions.