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By Monica McEwen, Qlik Federal Manager
On Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:45am

The Government continues to make great strides in Open Data. This data includes open APIs, raw data downloads and documentation that a developer community can use to create applications and hopefully drive improvement in everything from healthcare to the way we consume energy. 
Making these data sets available is a great concept in today’s world of  the Z generation that have had a lifelong use of technology, but what about appealing to “Joe Public” who really just wants to see a trend in information. It’s unlikely that these individuals would download a dataset and tinker with it. Even if people were inclined to look at raw numbers –it may not be immediately obvious what the numbers are telling you. The implications and meaning of the data may not be clear. Read more »
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By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
On Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:06pm

NAMCS Physician Reported Impact of EHR on Patient Safety
At the end of each day, every physician asks themselves two questions:
“Was there something I did today that I shouldn’t have?”
“Is there something I didn’t do that I should have?”
We can now see from the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Physician Workflow Survey (NAMCS) that the answers to those questions weigh lighter on the minds of practicing physicians who have the help of electronic health records (EHR). Read more »
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By Kelly Walsh, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 1:14pm

Want to learn more about the germs, foods, and settings involved in foodborne outbreaks and illnesses? Try using the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD), a web-based platform for searching data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System.
The Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System collects data on foodborne disease outbreaks. (We consider an outbreak an event when two people get a similar illness from eating the same food.) Outbreaks provide important information on how germs spread and which foods cause illness. Public health departments find and investigate outbreaks and report hundreds of them to CDC every year. CDC makes the data available to everyone through FOOD. Read more »
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By CAPT Kate Brett, Ph.D., Research Scientist Officer, National Center for Health Statistics/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
On Monday, September 8, 2014 - 10:00am

Health Data Interactive (HDI) presents tables with national health statistics for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. HDI uses an online interface with many advanced features for customizing tables on different health topics.  Because estimates are pre-tabulated, no programming or data analysis by the user is needed to explore nationally representative data.  Tables can be customized by age, gender, race/ethnicity, year, and geographic location to explore different trends and patterns.
What is it?
HDI presents public health data in many tables organized into topic folders: Read more »
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By Federal Health Architecture
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:00am

As federal agencies are working together to achieve healthcare interoperability, some are looking to healthcare registries as the kind of innovative technology that can support better, more interoperable healthcare.
Healthcare registries, a collection of health data used to monitor population health and perform research, represent only one of many different sources of data available to provide public health officials with the information needed to assess the health of the population. A prime example of the value of registries can be found within the state of Alaska where some rocks containing asbestos (a mineral that can cause lung cancer) have been documented in the local Cancer registry. Some of these asbestos-containing rocks are used to build roads and airport runways for the region. Four major locations in Alaska's panhandle contained deposits of asbestos, including the cities of Juneau and Ketchikan. Scientists reviewed a map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska Cancer Registry to determine that there is no link between the locations of the asbestos-containing rocks and where people who have lung cancer live. Read more »