The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases data about providers and hospitals who have successfully attested to Meaningful Use and received incentives for using electronic health records (EHRs) under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).
With these and additional data being made more and more open, we (a team of clinicans, developers, and designers) saw an opportunity develop data visualizations and tools showing not only the progress but also potential impact of this and other important pieces of legislation.
Leveraging Available Open Data
We are collecting data from a number of great sources and encourage you to read our note about data quality.
- EHR Incentive Program Payment Data (Eligble Hospital and Eligible Provider CSVs from CMS website)
- General Hospital Info from CMS Hospital Compare (via CMS)
- Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Data
- Healthcare Associated Infections (via CDC)
- Healthcare Acquired Conditions (via CDC)
- Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality (AHRQ) Measures
- Hospital Outcome of Care (provider data)
- Detailed information for NPIs (National Provider Identifiers) through BloomAPI, an open source project
We see this as being just the beginning and are interested in adding more data sets and ideas to this open source piece of software.
We envision a mash-up of various open data sets including but not limited to quality, social, and other data to provide continuing insight. This is open source and on Github so please do help us keep going and let us know what you have done by tweeting to @Skram, @Geek_Nurse, and/or @CheckQM.