HCAI Areas of Focus

Cal-Mortgage administers the California Health Facility Construction Loan Insurance Program and
provides credit enhancement for eligible health care facilities.

Facilities Development regulates the design and construction of healthcare facilities to ensure they are
safe and capable of providing services to the public.

Healthcare Workforce Development conducts workforce research to identify healthcare shortage areas
and understand the healthcare education pipeline.

Health Professions Education Foundation provides scholarship and loan repayment programs to health
professional students and graduates.

Information Services provides data and technology tools and services to advance safe, quality
healthcare environments through innovative, responsive services and information.

How is HCAI data used?

The California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) collects and manages data from approximately 8,000 California licensed healthcare facilities. HCAI also produces a variety of data tools to make data useful and meaningful to improve quality of patient care in California.

HCAI produces datasets and data products from a variety of sources: Patient Discharge Data (PDD), Emergency Department Data (EDD), Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) data, financial and utilization data, as well as facility construction and healthcare workforce data.

The data that HCAI makes publicly available includes risk-adjusted hospital outcome ratings for topics such as heart surgery, stroke, readmissions, and other procedures, and surgeon level performance ratings for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery.

HCAI conducts and publicly releases studies on timely health topics such as preventable hospitalizations, sepsis,
C-Section, and is incorporating social determinants of health into future analytic products.

For more information about HCAI’s data, reference the Data Products List.

What we want to achieve with our data and products

  • Know our customers and understand their needs.
  • Turn data into information and meaningful insight to inform patient care and quality improvement.
  • Support informed decisions that advance safe and quality healthcare environments.
  • Reduce challenges that occur in the collection and use of data.
  • Help organizations receive data more efficiently.
  • Provide data tools to enhance the work organizations are already trying to achieve.

What data is submitted?

HCAI accepts inpatient data, emergency department data, Ambulatory surgery encounters, utilization data for health facilities, annual/quarterly financial data for hospitals and long-term care facilities, coronary artery bypass graft surgery data, healthcare financial assistance policy forms, chargemaster data, and community benefit reports.

What data can be requested?

HCAI receives data requests from colleges and universities, state and federal government agencies, media, hospitals, private companies, and non-profit organizations. Customized data can be requested that may not be available on the HCAI website.

Visualizing data

For a list of featured visualizations and other curated content, please visit the A-Z Content page

HCAI produces visualizations and other data-based products. These products provide context to make data more useful for others. An example using actual data:

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HCAI Data in the California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal

The portal contains public data collected by the state through its routine business activities and published in a format that is easy to search, download, and to combine with other data sets from other sources; it does not include private or confidential data about individuals.

Licensed Facility Crosswalk

This dataset provides a simple crosswalk using Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) assigned licensed facility identification numbers linked with matched California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Licensing and Certification facility lists based on license number. This is not a comprehensive matched list, facility identification numbers that did not match are also included from both the HCAI and CDPH lists. Facility Status or Facility Level designations may explain some HCAI non-matches, for additional information contact HCAI directly. Please contact CDPH directly for more information regarding un-matched facility identifiers that do not have corresponding HCAI identifiers.

California’s Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects -Institutional Review Board

The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) serves as the institutional review board (IRB) for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). The role of the CPHS and other IRBs is to assure that research involving human subjects is conducted ethically and with minimum risk to participants.

Approved Research Projects

This dataset contains a list of research projects approved by the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects.

CHHS Open Data

CHHS Open Data

CHHS launched its Open Data Portal in order to increase public access to one of the State’s most valuable assets – non-confidential health and human services data. Its goals are to spark innovation, promote research and economic opportunities, engage public participation in government, increase transparency, and inform decision-making. “Open Data” describes data that are freely available, machine-readable, and formatted according to national technical standards to facilitate visibility and reuse of published data.

All HCAI datasets are available on the Open Data Portal. You will also find data from the other CHHS departments.