Background and Objective
- Linkage of health databases traditionally requires personal identifiers such as names and personal identification (ID) numbers, which may not be accessible for research purposes due to data privacy concerns (1).
- The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) database contains CD4 count and viral load laboratory records used to assess patient health at presentation, monitor response to ART, track viral suppression, and detect treatment failure.
- Facility-based patient health management system, TIER.Net, contains data on clinical events including HIV diagnosis, Pre-ART care, ART initiation ART pick-up and, other clinic visits for laboratory tests not available in the NHLS database.
- We set out to link the NHLS and TIER.Net databases without patient identifiers to enable analyses of the full cascade of HIV care and evaluations of large-scale HIV policy interventions