U.S. Flag

Making a difference in how people find health information, today and into the future.

Here's to Your Health

Site Tags: 

HHS has collected more than 284 datasets at healthdata.gov and the inventory is currently growing by almost 100 per year. Thirty-three of these databases are already API enabled. One of the largest is the HealthCare Finder API, which opens multiple data collections covering public and private health insurance plans.

U.S. News & World Report uses the HHS HealthCare Finder API to create a tool to help consumers find the Best Health Insurance Plans Exit Disclaimer for their specific needs. Their web-based Best Health Insurance Plans rates plans based on coverage and costs (both monthly and out-of-pocket), and makes it easy for users to find plans top-rated plans available to them. “We at U.S. News are thrilled to have access to the HealthCare Finder API and the important health insurance data it makes publicly available,” said Ben Harder, General Manager of Health Rankings at U.S. News. “Using the API, U.S. News has rated thousands of health plans across America, making it easier for individuals and families to compare their options and make better insurance-purchasing decisions.”

Other APIs provide access to information on the quality of provider care, the quality of hospital and nursing home care, a directory of federally qualified health centers, National Library of Medicine and Medline Plus resources, cancer incidence, FDA recalls, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s TOXMAP (Healthdata.gov includes datasets from across the U.S. Government).

Visit www.healthdata.gov. Tell us what datasets you think should be API-enabled and explain how the data might be used. [Note: on www.healthdata.gov, you can also tell us health datasets you’d like to see added.]

Join the Conversation

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Your Ideas

Submitted by Josh on
The API schema can't be accessed. If I want to use this API, how can I?
Submitted by Chris, Digital Communications Division/HHS on
Thanks for sharing. We received a similar comment earlier this week via twitter. We notified CMS and they are currently working on it right now – it should be back up soon
Submitted by Anonymous on
The Healthfinder API has stopped working. Who's the data steward for that API, or who can I contact for information about why it's no longer working?
Submitted by Anonymous on
Can entrepreneurs have access to this information (without cost) and develop reports / mobile applications? In other words, is the data-mining only performed by the Federal Government after receiving suggestions from the general public?
Submitted by Anonymous on
Registry of Physicians and Hospitals as structured data by national id standards.