Cloud-Based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Maps Displaying Aggregate Data on Medical Malpractice

Cloud-Based GIS Maps Displaying Aggregate Data on Medical Malpractice

The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) is building a Geographic Information System (GIS) application and dashboard to display data on medical malpractice and adverse actions taken against health care practitioners. The new data visualization tools will present summarized data in new and interactive ways to make this resource more accessible to a wider audience.

HRSA operates the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a web-based system that implements important patient safety and anti-fraud legislation.  The NPDB system maintains over 1.1 million reports of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers with a history of malpractice, incompetence, fraud, license suspension, criminal conviction, or unprofessional conduct. Individual data reports against practitioners, providers and suppliers are kept confidential by law.

While aggregate data are currently available to researchers and other interested parties, these data are not easily digestible for non-technical users. Therefore, the goal of this project is to make NPDB trend data more accessible, open, and transparent to researchers and the general public. Additionally, the External Entrepreneur is  partnering with the internal team to enhance the current data and  recommend opportunities  for process streamlining.

Ernia Hughes, Health Resources and Services Administration
Seth Marcus, Health Resources and Services Administration
Harnam Singh, Health Resources and Services Administration

Krishna Malyala





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