Hiding in plain sight: California hospital data
Does your local hospital place more cardiac stents than others? Do more of its patients leave the emergency room without being seen? Does it have a high level of C-section births? These questions and others are relatively easy to answer thanks to a data gold mine kept by the obscure California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
It doesn't matter if your hospital is public, nonprofit or for-profit, data on its patients and services are available online.
Charles Ornstein, senior reporter at ProPublica and president of AHCJ's board of directors, will guide you through using the data to answer those questions and more.
This webinar, co-sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, will give you a step-by-step guide to using this information and leave you with story ideas to take home with you. It helps to have a working knowledge of Excel but all participants are welcome.
While this webinar will focus on the use of data available in California, many other states have similar data repositories. This will give all participants, regardless of state, a solid understanding of how to analyze data and what kinds of questions data can help you answer.
This webinar was held Sept. 13, 2011.