Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System

Alternate Titles(s): SPARCS
UID: 10006
The Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) is a comprehensive data reporting system established in 1979 as a result of cooperation between the health care industry and the New York State government. SPARCS currently collects patient level detail on patient characteristics, diagnoses and treatments, services, and charges for every hospital discharge, ambulatory surgery patient, and emergency department admission in New York State. SPARCS includes inpatient, and outpatient (Ambulatory Surgery - AS and Emergency Department - ED) information.
1982 - Present
Geographic Coverage
New York (State)
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Free to All
Application Required

Researchers at NYU Langone Health can find guidance for the completion of the SPARCS Limited and Identifiable Data Request Application on the Population Health Data Hub, accessible only through the intranet portal with a valid Kerberos ID (KID).

Public-use data can be accessed through the Health Data NY query system, an online tool that summarizes de-identified SPARCS data in tables.

Limited data contains indirect identifiers that are deemed identifiable according to HIPAA standards. Applications for limited data are reviewed by SPARCS Operations staff. Identifiable data contains direct identifiers and requests are reviewed by the data review group. To apply for Limited and Identifiable Data, complete several forms: the SPARCS Limited and Identifiable Data Request Application (DOH-5132), Organizational Agreement, and Individual Agreement.

Access via Health Data NY

Public Use Data

Access via SPARCS

Limited and Identifiable Data Application

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Other Resources
SPARCS Data Directory

Links to all datasets and available documentation

Find a SPARCS User at NYULH

Requires KID login