Posted by: RedaChouffani
BI, CMS, HHS, Open Government
On April 7th, 2010, several federal departments put forward plans to make available certain operational data to the public. In an effort to enable more opportunities for citizens to participate and create more government transparency.
In the 29 federal departments listed in the White house web site, the department of health and human services has committed to enable the public to review visually the Medicare spending with an interactive reporting tools.
While most of the information originates from patient surveys and medical payments made from 2006 through 2010, the digital dashboard available here provides an unprecedented ease and transparency for CMS.
Visiting Data.Medicare.gov also provides additional data that can be either downloaded, or viewable directly on the website. Information ranging from Patient survey results to databases displaying the average payments by Medicare for each medical condition or surgical procedure at a hospital. These tools maybe very valuable to many executives who are seeking to review and compare what some of the local or regional hospitals are doing.
Data or information plays an important role for every industry including healthcare. By enabling some operational transparency, many can now utilize these data sets to visualize the information, and effectively review how CMS or other entities are operating.