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Open Data Articles

We’re pleased to announce that HealthData.gov recently hit a major milestone: cataloging more than one-thousandth data set.

Expanding access to data via Blue Button make it easier for Americans to manage their medications and take a more active role in their health.

2013 was another landmark year for open data across the Federal government. In an effort to feature the progress made this past year, here are a few of the top health data stories from HHS.

Prevalence of tobacco use, flu vaccination coverage, leading causes of death, access to health care and even web site traffic – data on these and other topics has recently been released in “energized form” with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s launch of Data.CDC.gov.

Last week the Digital Strategy team launched a new feature making the management of our Mobile Apps information more efficient, dynamic and accessible to both users and devices.

Want to place content from HHS websites onto your own site? The Department offers a slew of resources that allow you to offer high-quality HHS content in the look and feel of your site, without the need to manually update it.

TXT4Tots is a library of short messages focused on nutrition and physical activity for parents and caregivers of children ages 1-5 years. The TXT4Tots library is designed as a resource that can be incorporated into a wide variety of existing programs and platforms.

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) saw that developers who were new to CMS data had a hard time using their open data site, they developed a tool to solve the problem. Meet the CMS Data Navigator API.

As the ‘Open Data’ movement continues to grow, HHS is publishing new APIs and open data resources. We’ve been working with the principle since 2010 when it was the cornerstone of HHS’s Open Government Plan.

HHS is happy to announce several improvements to the Blue Button initiative, including common implementation guidance for providers, payors, and developers to overcome these weaknesses. These improvements are called Blue Button+.