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Health Journalism 2011: Berwick debuts website featuring health data

Journalists have a key role to play making health care safer and informing the public, Medicare chief Donald Berwick told reporters attending the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists in Philadelphia on Thursday.

To help them do their job, Berwick unveiled a government website, the "Health Indicators Warehouse," and offered a live demonstration. He said the site offers "a treasure trove of data," including information never released before in an easily accessible form, including patient safety data, preventive health care indicators, Medicare payment claims and hospital performance at the state and hospital referral region level. Information is searchable by topic, location, health outcomes among other factors.

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