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A decade of HINTS. Quantifying the Health Information Revolution through Data Innovation and Collaboration

Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) Users Meeting
January 9-10, 2014 | Rockville, Maryland

Meeting Location

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
9609 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Hotel Information

There is a block of rooms reserved for HINTS Meeting attendees at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center at the special group rate of 119.00 USD per night (available from January 9th to January 11th, 2014). To take advantage of this special rate, you must book your room by December 19th, 2013 (12/19/2013).

The Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center will provide shuttle service to the NCI building on the morning of Jan. 9th and January 10th, but attendees will have to obtain their own transportation back to the hotel in the evening.

Travel Information

Public transportation
To get to NCI Shady Grove via metro, take the Red Line to the Shady Grove stop, which is the terminal station. Information about the Metro transit system, including fares, schedules, and estimated travel times from other stops, can be found at

A complimentary NIH shuttle provides transportation from the Shady Grove Metro Station to the NCI Shady Grove Building. During commuting times (6:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.), service runs every 15 minutes. Between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., there is a shuttle every 30 minutes. The shuttle schedule is available at the following link:

There is also a shuttle that runs from the main lobby of Building 31 on the NIH Main Campus to NCI Shady Grove every thirty minutes between 7:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.


There is also free parking available at NCI Shady Grove- guests are welcome to park in any unmarked spot.


Please note that you will be required to go through NIH security to enter NCI Shady Grove so please bring a government-issued photo ID. All persons and belongings will go through a metal detector upon arrival.

Internet Access:

Free and open WIFI is available in the NCI building.

Meal Information

Please note that breakfast and coffee/snacks will NOT be provided during the meeting; attendees will be responsible for getting their own meals at their own cost.

There is a cafeteria in the NCI building on the Terrace Level (this link provides more information about the food available in the cafeteria). In addition, there are a number of restaurants and cafés located near NCI Shady Grove. The following establishments are within easy walking distance of the NCI building:  

Oishii Blue Fin
9613 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 340-3000

9613-E Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

West Wing Café & Bakery
9613-C Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850


If we can be of help as you plan your trip, please feel free to contact us at


HINTS Data Terms of Use

It is of utmost importance to ensure the confidentiality of survey participants. Every effort has been made to exclude identifying information on individual respondents from the computer files. Some demographic information such as sex, race, etc., has been included for research purposes. NCI expects that users of the data set will adhere to the strictest standards of ethical conduct for the analysis and reporting of nationally collected survey data. It is mandatory that all research results be presented/published in a manner that protects the integrity of the data and ensures the confidentiality of participants.

In order for the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to provide a public-use or another version of data to you, it is necessary that you agree to the following provisions.

  1. You will not present/publish data in which an individual can be identified. Publication of small cell sizes should be avoided.
  2. You will not attempt to link nor permit others to link the data with individually identified records in another database.
  3. You will not attempt to learn the identity of any person whose data are contained in the supplied file(s).
  4. If the identity of any person is discovered inadvertently, then the following should be done;
    1. no use will be made of this knowledge,
    2. the HINTS Program staff will be notified of the incident,
    3. no one else will be informed of the discovered identity.
  5. You will not release nor permit others to release the data in full or in part to any person except with the written approval of the HINTS Program staff.
  6. If accessing the data from a centralized location on a time sharing computer system or LAN, you will not share your logon name and password with any other individuals. You will also not allow any other individuals to use your computer account after you have logged on with your logon name and password.
  7. For all software provided by the HINTS Program, you will not copy, distribute, reverse engineer, profit from its sale or use, or incorporate it in any other software system.
  8. The source of information should be cited in all publications. The appropriate citation is associated with the data file used. Please see Suggested Citations in the Download HINTS Data section of this Web site, or the Readme.txt associated with the ASCII text version of the HINTS data.
  9. Analyses of large HINTS domains usually produce reliable estimates, but analyses of small domains may yield unreliable estimates, as indicated by their large variances. The analyst should pay particular attention to the standard error and coefficient of variation (relative standard error) for estimates of means, proportions, and totals, and the analyst should report these when writing up results. It is important that the analyst realizes that small sample sizes for particular analyses will tend to result in unstable estimates.
  10. You may receive periodic e-mail updates from the HINTS administrators.