Population Cancer Analytics

The Population Cancer Analytics Shared Resource provides cancer investigators with essential cancer analytics services, including access to relevant data sources and expertise in analytics to address research questions pertaining to cancer risk, health services use, and outcome assessment across clinical, socio-demographic, and geographic subgroups of the population. 


Service/Expertise Description
Consultation on study design, population-based database integration, and analysis Study design and planning; development of grant applications
Data integration, processing/curation, geo-mapping, and analysis in a secure research environment Facilitate access to population-based and health systems databases for cancer-related epidemiological, spatial, social-environmental, health services, outcomes, disparities, and policy research
Computational modeling and systems science approaches to cancer prevention, control and disparity reduction   Identify appropriate model types, specifying model structure, determining data needs, and choosing appropriate computing platforms & programming approaches
Interpretation and dissemination of the findings Assistance with data visualization, and preparation of manuscripts/reports



Fostering innovation at the intersection of:

  • State-of-the-art analytics and informatics
  • Population and individual data
  • Clinical and public health
  • Behavioral, biological & environmental determinants of health
  • Epidemiology and simulation modeling

Key Databases

Database Source Description
NEOCASE (Northeast Ohio Cancer Risk Assessment and Surveillance Engine) Ohio Department of Health and a number of publicly available data sources, including data from the U.S. Census

A data infrastructure that combines data from the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (OCISS) with multiple population-based databases aimed at advancing disparities research, community health, and advocacy efforts.

NEOCASE is being expanded to include data from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS), Area Health Resource File (AHRF) and Medicare data, among others.
Linked OCISS and Medicare data Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

For Ohioans diagnosed with cancer in 2009, OCISS records were linked with 2008-2010 Medicare data. This database will be updated to include OCISS-Medicare data for the years 2011-2016.

Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) National Cancer Institute The SEER Program provides information on cancer statistics in an effort to reduce the cancer burden among the U.S. population. SEER is supported by the Surveillance Research Program in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.
SEER-Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (SEER-MHOS) Linked Datasource National Cancer Institute The SEER-MHOS data come from the SEER program of cancer registries and the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) that provides information about the health-related quality of life of Medicare Advantage Organization enrollees.
Death certificate data Ohio Department of Health All deaths among residents of the state of Ohio. In addition to patient identifiers, the date and cause of death can be used to study overall and disease-specific survival.
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Hospital discharge data, 1988-2016, National Inpatient Sample, and State Inpatient Database for several states. Informs on surgical procedures and outcomes in cancer patients.



  • $125/hour for Faculty time
  • $50/hour for Staff time


Remember to acknowledge the valuable services provided by Cancer Center Shared Resources in your research papers and publications:

"This research was supported by the Population Cancer Analytics Shared Resource of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (P30CA043703)."

Contact for More Information

Director: Siran Koroukian, PhD

Co-Director: Kurt Stange, MD, PhD

Co-Director: Johnie Rose, MD, PhD