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The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Introduces Interactive Data Analysis Applications

The research branch of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) developed two related web-based applications to facilitate independent analysis of NPDB data by the public.  Both applications are designed to benefit a broad audience of public users including researchers, practitioners, risk management analysts, and policymakers. 

The NPDB Data Analysis Tool allows its users to perform customized analyses of information relating to medical malpractice payments and adverse actions taken against practitioners' licenses, clinical privileges, professional society memberships, and eligibility to participate in Medicare/Medicaid.  Without having expertise using statistical software, users can perform data analyses to produce a wide variety of data tables tailored to their unique information needs.  The tool uses more than 20 years of report level data submitted to the NPDB by medical malpractice payers and insurers, state licensing boards, hospitals, professional societies, private accreditation entities, peer review organizations, and other health care organizations, making thousands of combinations possible.   Users can perform unique analyses using Adverse Action Report and Medical Malpractice Payment Report data.  Analyses can be customized by state or region making it possible for public stakeholders to identify trends of interest and to target limited resources on areas of concern.  Results of analyses can be saved and imported into spreadsheet and word processing software. 

The Data Bank also provides statistical information to the public through an interactive U.S. Map Application.  Users can access preformatted tables and graphs that detail state and National counts, proportions, and trends.  The application combines 10 years of NPDB data with information from external sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will present the NPDB Data Analysis Tool during the Health Datapalooza Datalab session on Monday, June 2, 2014. #HDPalooza