About Data.Multiplyd

Data is the primary foundation for all emerging ideas in Healthcare IT. The Data.Multiplyd section is a repository of notable data sources that are available currently. Most of these are open, public datasets that have resulted from years of federal investments.

In January 2009, the US government issued the Open Government directive which instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration. For HHS that has translated into the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI).

For now this section is a shallow running list of what all is out there. Trailing behind is in-depth analysis (mostly as embedded mindmaps) of each data set- what elements, how useful, how recent etc. To browse, scroll down for the recent posts or choose the data source or keyword on right to filter.

If you have feedback about a specific data set, leave a comment in that post. If you’d like to contribute to this research, reach out.

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United States Health Information Knowledgebase

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Medicare Provider Charge Data

  • This is what hospitals charge for common inpatient services. It covers more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges for FY 2011.
  • These represent almost 7 million discharges or 60 percent of total Medicare IPPS discharges.
  • The Total Payment amount includes the MS-DRG amount, bill total per diem, beneficiary primary payer claim payment amount, beneficiary Part A coinsurance amount, beneficiary deductible amount, beneficiary blood deducible amount and DRG outlier amount.
  • For these DRGs, average charges and average Medicare payments are calculated at the individual hospital level. Users will be able to make comparisons between the amount charged by individual hospitals within local markets, and nationwide, for services that might be furnished in connection with a particular inpatient stay.
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California Hospital Chargemasters


  • A hospital charge description master, also known as a chargemaster or CDM, contains the prices of all services, goods, and procedures for which a separate charge exists. It is used to generate a patient’s bill.
  • As required by the Payers’ Bill of Rights, each hospital in California is required to submit a copy of its chargemaster, a list of average charges for 25 common outpatient procedures, and the estimated percentage change in gross revenue due to price changes each July 1.
  • It is important to note that the State of California does not currently possess the authority to set or limit the prices that are included on the submitted hospital chargemasters. Therefore, the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) is not able to provide an assessment on the accuracy of the submitted information
  • The chargemasters are currently not required to be provided in a standardized format. Therefore, it is currently not possible to generate an aggregate statewide chargemaster.
  • It doesnt seem like other states have such databases. Some hospital info can be found scattered online (example).
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County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states.  The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

They are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Building on the work of America’s Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of Wisconsin’s counties every year since 2003.


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  • DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA labels (package inserts).
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides this as a public service.
  • Drug labeling and other information that has been most recently submitted by drug companies to FDA as drug listing information is included.
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Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data Services, a category of cloud-based Web 2.0 solutions that enable federal, state, and local governments to dramatically improve the reach, usability and social utility of their public information assets.

The Socrata Social Data Platform™ is a turnkey information delivery platform that reduces lifecycle management costs for government customers while boosting their ability to disseminate relevant information and data-driven services to a wide range of audiences including citizens, civic application developers, researchers, journalists and internal stakeholders.

The cloud-based Socrata platform transforms information assets – tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems – into a consumption-optimized and socially-enriched experience, that is automatically accessible across multiple channels of interaction, to enhance governments’ ability to accomplish their mission at a reduced cost.

The Socrata Open Data Platform™ is the most widely-adopted Open Data solution in Government. Socrata customers include Medicare, State of Washington and City of Seattle. Socrata was recently chosen to deliver the next-generation Open Data platform for Data.Gov and participating federal agencies, through its GSA reseller and fulfillment partner, Alamo City Engineering Services.

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