Developers' Center

The HHS Developers' Center was created to provide access to HHS data resources and code to citizen developers.

Open Data

HHS makes its data freely available to the public in machine-readable formats. Developers can use the tools below to develop new products and services.

    High-value health data for entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers in support of better health outcomes for all. Search datasets on a wide range of topics, including community health, mental health, Medicare and Medicaid, and social services.
  • CDC Content Services API 
    Use this resources to access public health content via API from CDC, such as outbreaks, emergency preparedness, flu, and more.
  • Syndication API
    With the HHS Feed Request API, you can subscribe to news feeds on HHS. The feed interface requires a feed ID, which is generated on a per-feed basis in the storefront.

More HHS APIs can be found at the following websites:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    CMS's data repository offers a full list of CMS datasets, files, documents, charts, maps, calendars, and forms available as APIs.
    Browse a sampling of CDC's popular datasets and use the API to create and embed visualizations.
    This website contains an inventory of HHS datasets from federal agencies such as CMS, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health.
    This website provides health and wellness information APIs with both Spanish and English output. It also provides access to the content syndication API.
  • Health Indicator Warehouse (HIW)
    HIW offers APIs through a RESTful service and a SOAP based service. Health indicators in the APIs are categorized by topic, geography, and initiative.
  • Medicare
    Medicare offers datasets and views as APIs on healthcare topics including hospital acquired conditions, state and national averages and comparisons, health facility information, and many more.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collects data through multiple sources and surveys, and provides access to public-use data files and documentation to support a better understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders in America. Researchers can find data set files to conduct analyses, and several tools that can help with analysis.

Open Source

By using and contributing to open source software, HHS makes it easier to share data and improve tools and services in government as well as for Americans. HHS has contributed to open source initiatives to the following projects:

Federal SourceForge:

  • HHS Digital Media API Platform
    Use this API platform to create sites with text and multimedia content for syndication.  CDC, FDA, HHS, and NIH have built syndication sites using this platform, which is available in Java and .NET.
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