The Health and Demographics Division is the central setting for the South Carolina Integrated Data System. Through statutes and agreements, agencies and organizations entrust their data systems with Health and Demographics. These agencies and organizations recognized the need to better understand disparities and became the driving force to integrate data from these systems. The Integrated Data System enables the analysis of the use of services and crossover by individuals among these agencies and organizations, adds a new dimension to information for program management and evaluation, and allows for the identification and longitudinal analysis of cohorts of interest. By mutual agreement, the RFA receives data by from a wide array of state agencies and organizations. These data cover virtually all policy domains, such as health, education, employment, and service delivery. The data are integrated statistically on a project-by-project basis, with each participating entity providing explicit approval for the use of their data.
The individual data sources in the Integrated Data System are kept separate and the Health and Demographics Division provides tailored data services that include providing linkable data files, analysis of data and/or reports.
Release of information is under the control of the originating entity and each entity has its own application process. Therefore, any requests to link data must be approved by each participating agency and/or organization whose data you are requesting to link.
Requestors may be charged to cover staff time and computing costs. Turnaround time may vary depending upon the complexity of the request and receipt of approvals as necessary.