HHS Reveals Plans To Make HealthData.gov More User-Friendly

May 12, 2015 in News

HHS this summer plans to launch an updated version of HealthData.gov to improve the usability of its datasets, Federal News Radio reports (Miller, Federal News Radio, 5/7).

The database, launched under President Obama’s open government initiative in 2011, contains more than 1,900 datasets on health issues, including on:

  • Cancer and flu incidence rates;
  • Hospital Medicare costs; and
  • Obesity and heart disease (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 5/8).

According to HHS Health Data Initiative Director Damon Davis, HHS’ IDEA Lab will assist in developing new tools for the data portal. He said the update is intended to provide users with more data in machine-readable formats and facilitate data sharing and collaboration within HHS and with outside experts.

In addition, the new technology will improve the back-end of the site for system administrators.

Davis said, “What we are going to try to do is advance the platform to be something that is going to be more usable, better search, easier access to data sets that also will support more ‘liquid’ forms of data” (Federal News Radio, 5/7).

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