Site allows analysis, sharing of health data

During a chat at the Health Journalism 2010 registration desk on Wednesday night, AHCJ special projects director Jeff Porter learned about a new interactive Web site from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS has launched data.medicare.gov, a site that allows users to access data, sort and filter it using multiple criteria, then download the results as spreadsheets or other formats for further analysis. The site allows users to share the data via social network tools such as Facebook or Twitter, or copy and paste code to publish the data on their own Web sites.

Among the data sets that journalists might find useful are versions of Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare.

The example below shows a list of Illinois-specific hospitals from the Hospital Compare data covering patient surveys.

Illinois hospitals

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