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By Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD
On Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Good news for anyone who needs a medical procedure: New York State is giving you the data that will help you decide which hospital to choose. 
New York State recently released patient-level data for all hospital discharges, a move that will help consumers make informed health care decisions. The data are available on the Department’s open health data portal (Health Data NY). The data will enable consumers to compare the quality, cost and efficiency of hospital procedures. Read more »
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By Steven Randazzo
On Monday, July 7, 2014 - 2:11pm

Apply today! We are in the home stretch in accepting applications for the 3rd cohort of HHS Entrepreneurs and are still looking for the most talented people in America to come and disrupt government.
Four of the six projects in this cohort of HHS Entrepreneurs focuses on data – be it improving databases, making data more accessible, or creating all new types of data. If you want a chance to come into government and make a difference in how data is accessed and used, you should apply to HHS Entrepreneurs.
If you are not sure if you would be a good fit for one of the six game-changing projects, check out the videos below from each of the project teams who:
Describe the project in a little more detail;
Tell you what they are looking for in an external entrepreneur applicant; and
Give you some insight on what you will get out of participating in HHS Entrepreneurs. 
Apply here and watch the videos below.   Read more »
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By J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health, HHS, @MinorityHealth
On Monday, June 30, 2014 - 4:37pm

During Men’s Health Month, as we raise awareness of the important steps that men can take to improve their health, we are also raising the dialogue on new efforts to ensure that all men achieve better health outcomes, including minority men.
The health status of racial and ethnic minority men has lagged far too long behind the general population, despite our nation’s vast advances in science, public health and health care. Reducing health disparities and achieving health equity so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential for health is a priority of the Administration. An important factor in making progress toward this priority is our ability to understand why disparities occur and how to eliminate them.
A new data brief by the Office of Minority Health, examining the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, is a useful tool to inform federal, state and community efforts aimed at improving insurance coverage of targeted populations.  This type of data will enhance our ability to better measure and track health differences of racial and ethnic minority populations in the future. Read more »
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By Adena Galinsky, Associate Service Fellow, National Center for Health Statistics
On Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

By Adena Galinsky, Associate Service Fellow, National Center for Health Statistics
Have you been looking for nationally representative health data on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI)? A survey in the field right now may be collecting what you need.
Many data users have searched in vain for national NHPI health data. Seventeen years after NHPI officially became its own distinct racial group for federal purposes, there is still little nationally representative data available to meet the demands for NHPI health information.
There are a number of reasons for this situation.  Because the NHPI population is relatively small (0.4% of the U.S. population is NHPI) and geographically concentrated, traditional oversampling strategies are not feasible.  Thus, most population-based surveys include only a small NHPI sample.  As a result, to protect respondent confidentiality and meet reliability standards, NHPI health statistics are often suppressed or presented in the now-outdated (and very heterogeneous) category “Asian and Pacific Islander”.  Read more »
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By James Craver
On Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 11:00am

In the early 2014, the Health Indicators Warehouse staff developed a series of short lessons for developers new to using Application Programming Interfaces (API) and to educate them about accessing data though the HIW’s web services.  An API is a defined set of programming instructions allowing web-based interaction between two systems and their previously separate databases.  The open structure of an API allows users to have controlled access to data which will foster innovative uses.
We have posted our basic API lessons to Codecademy.  Codecademy is an education company building, in their words, “the first truly net native education”, taking as inspiration the many ways the Internet has allowed people to rethink old ways of doing things and applying those lessons to teaching programming.  Soon these lessons will also be available on the HIW site. Read more »