PHS Announcements

How to access PHS data

You may access the PHS Data Access Instructions here: PHS Data Access Instructions. If you previously have used RedCap for access requirement, you need to follow the same steps. 

If you want to to fill out a CMS (i.e. Medicare) data application or request a dataset you think PHS should host, you can find more information here

Our claims datasets are stored on our cloud-based Data Portal. To create your study cohort, visit our guide on how to use the interface here. Once you have your cohort of interest you can download the data to our server environment for further analyses. We have two server environments available: the Windows server and the Linux server. All our data is available from both servers (with the AMC data as the only exception, which is only available on the Linux side), so choose the environment you feel most comfortable with. Access to one of the servers is enough, so go to either PHS-Windows Server or PHS-Linux Server for detailed instructions on how to successfully log on.


Slack – new resource for PHS user questions

User questions now answered via Slack! Starting April 1 PHS will be answering user questions on To ensure the best answer to your question, please follow these guidelines: Slack Assistance Guidelines. Especially good answers will be put into a drawing for a weekly winner. The weekly winner who will receive an extra GB of space on the server for their project!

Don’t forget to log off

Log off Windows Server

When logging out and terminating your session, it is important to save your work, close all of your programs, and log off so that no old sessions get leftover on the server.

1. Click the start menu in the bottom right corner of the desktop.

2. In the top right corner, click your login name and select “Sign Out” from the dropdown menu.




Log off Linux Server

1. Click your SUNetID in the top right corner of the desktop.

2. Select “Quit” from the dropdown menu.