Alma Trotter

Alma helps CareSet with Data Quests. She graduated from UT Austin with a major in Anthropology. After moving to Houston she made cupcakes at the Black Hole coffee shop, managed the Caroline Collective co-working space, and then joined CareSet in 2013. She now pursues a location-independent lifestyle, working remotely for CareSet from New Mexico with her two cats as in-purrson officemates.

Updated DocGraph HOP Teaming PUF Released During Health Datapalooza 2022

By Alma Trotter / April 3, 2022

ARLINGTON – CareSet released the updated DocGraph HOP Teaming Dataset during the 2022 Health Datapalooza and National Health Policy Conference. The release offers the most detailed and up-to-date picture of patient-sharing relationships between all Medicare providers in the US healthcare system. This public use file provides some of the most timely and necessary insights into…

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NPI to contact domain data release

By Alma Trotter / April 20, 2021

CareSet Journal is releasing data that links NPI records to the contact domains submitted by providers in their NPI applications. For example, when Jane Smith applied for an NPI, she provided a contact email of “”. In this data, her NPI will be listed alongside the domain of “”. If you want to dive straight…

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I got the COVID-19 vaccine and this is what happened

By Alma Trotter / March 3, 2021

I am a Mexicana, and I participated in one of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials! Unfortunately, I was a placebo arm. Now, I’m fully vaccinated! This is my experience after receiving both injections.  There have been efforts by the FDA to increase the participation of historically underrepresented groups in clinical trials. Kaiser Health News discussed how…

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Finally Unblinded from the COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

By Alma Trotter / February 19, 2021

September 2020, I made the decision to participate in one of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials. There is still vaccine hesitancy. My participation in this trial, along with my blog posts, are all in hopes of increasing transparency, and building trust within the trial community. You can follow my journey beginning with my first blog.  When…

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Participating in the COVID-19 vaccine trial part 3

By Alma Trotter / November 23, 2020

I thought it was pertinent I take the chance and sign up for the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trial. This summer I began my journey. The trial I’m in contains two separate injections several weeks apart. It’s been a month since my second injection. The question remains, am I safe from COVID-19? Spontaneous, or reckless? Jumping into…

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Participating in the COVID-19 vaccine trial part two

By Alma Trotter / October 23, 2020

Working with life science organizations who create vaccines that help patients, I thought it was apt to immerse myself in the vaccine approval process given the opportunity. I signed up for the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trial. I wrote about the beginning of this vaccination journey, and below is the first follow-up post of this two-year dedication…

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For science, for the world – participating in the COVID-19 vaccine trial

By Alma Trotter / October 13, 2020

It’s one thing to participate in a scientific study. But to participate in a vaccine trial for a virus in the middle of a pandemic around said virus? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! I’ll be writing a series on my experience participating in a SARS-CoV-2 trial. Since vaccines are one of CareSet’s…

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COVID-19, Data and Nursing Homes

By Alma Trotter / July 28, 2020

In my last post, I briefly touched on COVID-19 and older adults. In this post, I will take a short, basic data tour of the skilled nursing home COVID-19 data made available by the CDC.  COVID-19 and Nursing Homes Late February, in Washington state, Stat News reported the first COVID-19 death in a nursing facility,…

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What Does COVID-19 Look Like for Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous People?

By Alma Trotter / June 25, 2020

COVID-19 and Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous People Last month, Americans were protesting against the stay-at-home orders in the name of opening the economy as unemployment rates steadily increased. Looking at Twitter, you’ll see many tweets like the one below, pining to reopen. People are aching to go back to “normal.” Looking at data, especially for…

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New Open Data Rules Webinar Recap

By Alma Trotter / April 2, 2020

On March 9th, 2020, HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized two open data rules: CMS’ interoperability and patient access rule ONC’s Cures Act Hosted by Ogilvy Consulting, several industry leaders discussed the new rules and what they mean for patients, providers,…

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