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By Steven Randazzo
On Monday, November 5, 2012 - 9:58am

Recently featured in USA Today, a new report by HealthGrades examines hospital performance at the state level for the first time.  The newly released report looks at hospitals from 2005 – 2011 and grades them based on their performance in four categories: Coronary artery bypass graft, heart attack, pneumonia, and sepsis.  States with the best performing hospitals were rated higher than average in all four categories.  The highest rated states were Arizona, California, Illinois and Ohio and the worst rated states were Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Nevada, Oklahoma, the District of Columbia and West Virginia.
Healthgrades analyzed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid‘s (CMS) Hospital Compare Data to determine which hospitals had the best/worst performance. Hospital compare includes process of care, mortality, and readmission quality measures.    Read more »
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By David Forrest
On Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 11:46am

On June 6, the Department of Health and Human Services launched HealthData.gov at HealthData Palooza 3. In September, we began working on Phase 2 of development for HealthData.gov. Patch 1.1 focuses almost entirely on one of our key users – internal data publishers here at HHS. We greatly appreciate the feedback from our beta users, especially the team at Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACF) and National Institute of Health (NIH).
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By Steven Randazzo
On Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:40pm

For the past three years, through the Health Data Initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has focused on the liberation of health data.  This effort has focused on making data from HHS holdings more easily available without affecting privacy or confidentiality of individuals.  The intention is that entrepreneurs, developers, researchers and policy makers will take the newly liberated data and create web or mobile applications, products and services to help improve health for consumers, communities and service providers. Since 2010, over 300 data sets have been uploaded to HealthData.gov and in addition to the many events and examples of health data being leveraged than ever before. Read more »
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By Bryan Sivak
On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 9:42am

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Chief Information Officer, Steven VanRoekel released the federal government’s new digital strategy which aims to shift the way government information is accessed and consumed.  Instead of focusing on producing a final product, which has been common practice for years, the government will now be making content more accurate, available and secure.  One major tool in the information technology tool box being used to achieve this goal is the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). 
An API is a set of tools for building software applications.  But more importantly, an API makes information more accessible.  This is important for two reasons.
First, the use of APIs make it easier to replicate government information across more places than ever before.  APIs enable automatic updates of information when content is syndicated on other websites, while reducing actual person hours currently spent manually updating content.  Read more »
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By George Thomas
On Monday, July 30, 2012 - 3:16pm

We’d like to thank you for participating in the Health Data Platform Challenges webinar held this past Thursday, July 19. We appreciate your interest in our developer challenges, and hope you'll register and submit innovative works. The webinar recording and presentation are embedded below.

We'd also like to clarify our answer to a question at ~28 minutes in the webinar recording regarding international participation in our HealthData.gov challenges, which may have incorrectly given the impression that non-US citizens and entities cannot participate.

To be clear, the correct answer is that non-US citizens and entities are welcome to participate. Read more »

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