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HHS holds vast warehouses of health data and information. The Department is working aggressively to provide easy access to these data collections and, ultimately, through Web Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), to the data itself.

How good are the schools? It’s a key question when people are relocating. And there are solid stats to provide answers. How healthy is the community? Until now, there was no way to answer that question.

Working with information made available by various health data APIs, the Healthy Communities Network Exit Disclaimer (HCN) creates local dashboards at city, county and regional levels. The dashboards graphically display information on everything from mental health care to cancer incidence, infant immunization rates to adult fruit and vegetable consumption! HCN, developed by the Healthy Communities Institute Exit Disclaimer, is currently used in 35 states. Take a look at the information available to people living in San Francisco Exit Disclaimer.

Simple dashboard icons show status of health measuresHHS has collected more than 284 datasets at healthdata.gov and the inventory is currently growing by almost 100 datasets per year.

Thirty-two of these databases are already API-enabled, providing access to information on the quality of provider, hospital and nursing home care, a directory of federally qualified health centers, National Library of Medicine and Medline Plus resources, and cancer incidence. Access to HHS API-enabled health databases is currently being catalogued on healthdata.gov.

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.]

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Submitted by Anonymous on
This is really some good information.
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breast feeding
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Hospital Compare data
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Dear HHS, I think it would be very valuable to release Data sets related to complications, infections and never events, such as patient falls and wrong side surgeries, as well as those reported to PSO. The incidence and prevalence of iatrogeninc conditions is not really know and grossly underreported at best. The same applies for those other sureveillance databases related to drug reactions or medical devices. By linking all these data points, we may be able to develop models that help us understand deveiations from the expected frequency norms.
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I would like to see what Medical HMO Senior Advantage plans (like Kaiser Permenente) charge for hospitalization. Kaiser is charging 200 a day right now and going up to $230 a day in January 2013 I can't afford this much everytime I am hospitalized and outpatient copays like labs and xrays are going up alot also.
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What's an API and what does it do? Can you provide a glossary of terms related to the digital strategy?
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Data that is consumer friendly for assisting families in finding services to keep people in their homes instead of long term care facilities. ( each state appropriate) Not generic information but actual usable steps to these programs & services.
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American Indian/Alaska Native Datasets by County, State, IHS Region, and Nation
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I think that the data needs to be shared but also that vulnerable/unique populations need to be addressed in more appropriate ways for the challenges that exist within these social structures.
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CMS has APIs for nearly 100% of the datasets on medicare.gov, available through data.medicare.gov. These datasets are API-enable using the Socrata Developer API (http://dev.socrata.com/). Data is updated on a monthly basis and is timed to website updates.
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What other information do these 'warehouses' hold? Does HHS have my personal data? Creepy.