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Open Data Resources at HHS

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HHS first launched the principle of open data in 2010 with its cornerstone Open Government Plan. As the Open Data movement continues to grow, HHS continues to publish new APIs and open data resources for the public.

Through the use of open data, we provide the public with the high quality health data collected by our offices. This data can benefit the public. Actively marketing this data inspires individuals and organizations in the private sector to find innovative ways to develop useful applications, products, and services.

Open Data around HHS

Several open data programs exist at HHS, including:

  • CDC Data & Statistics – The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides access to a wide range of public health data.
  • HCUP Databases -- Databases on healthcare cost and utilization in the U.S. are available from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
  • HealthData.Gov – HHS provides open access to health information and health datasets generated or held by the U.S. government.
  • CDC WONDER – The Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) shares public health data and information. WONDER is unique because it does not require special expertise. The data is ready to use on desktop applications including word processors, spreadsheet programs, or statistical and geographic analysis packages.
  • Health System Measurement Project: The Health System Measurement Project tracks government data on critical U.S. health system indicators. The website presents national trends data, as well as detailed views categorized by population characteristics such as age, sex, income level, and insurance coverage status.
  • Health Indicators Warehouse: The Health Indicators Warehouse (HIW) is a database of community health statistics from around the county. The HIW 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.
  • CMS Data Navigator: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides data and information resources available through this menu-driven search tool. The tool provides data and information for specific CMS programs--such as Medicare and Medicaid--as well as specific health care topics.
  • Data.Medicare.gov: Data.Medicare.gov is a resource for the public, health policy researchers, and the media to access data about important health related topics, such as hospital comparisons, dialysis facilities, home health agencies, nursing homes, and medical equipment suppliers.
  • FDA Recalls Database: The Food and Drug Administration provides a list of regulated products recalled in press releases and other public notices. HHS works with industry and state partners to log information about recalls that may potentially present a significant or serious risk to the public. Not all recalls have press releases, thus some are not available in the database.

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