The Health Indicators Warehouse is a database of community health statistics from around the county. It brings together quality health measurements from various offices and programs in the U.S. in a single, user-friendly data source for national, state, and community health information.
The Warehouse allows users to identify health trends over time and filter data by geographic area, disease/condition, demographics, or initiative. This in-depth tracking allows users to link changes in health indicators with interventions and treatment programs. Such evidence-based research was not possible before the Health Indicators Warehouse was established.
New Health Indicator Datasets Added to Warehouse
HHS recently updated the Warehouse’s index with Medicare data—including 10 new indicators—bringing the total number of indicators being tracked to 174.
New indicators added to the database include:
- Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinic visits – count FQHC and RHC visits by Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years and older who have full fee-for-service Medicare
- Asthma for Medicare beneficiaries – count of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 years and older with asthma who have full fee-for-service Medicare
- Hypertension for Medicare beneficiaries- count of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 years and older with hypertension who have full fee-for-service Medicare
These new health indicator datasets allow researchers to analyze health statistics in more depth than ever possible before.
Giving the public new opportunities to access our data is central to HHS’s Digital Strategy. This new Medicare dataset provides users the opportunity to learn more about the health of their own community. For the developers out there, remember that the Health Indicators Warehouse has an Application Programming Interface (API). This makes the data machine-readable and allows for easier use of the data in Web and mobile applications.