The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the Health Indicators Warehouse for health and health care indicator data. The new portal is intended to support innovations in information technology, by allowing the data to be downloaded or accessed and reused in tools that scientists develop locally. The data is freely accessible to all.
The Health Indicators Warehouse represents a collection of over 1200 health and health care indicators from almost 200 data sources, along with new web 2.0 technologies to support automated data services through application programming interfaces (APIs). Such indicators are maintained to support researchers, technology developers and policymakers.
What Does It Contain?
Health indicators are measurable characteristics that describe the health of a population (e.g., life expectancy, mortality, disease incidence or prevalence, or other health states); determinants of health (e.g., health behaviors, health risk factors, physical environments, and socioeconomic environments); and health care access, cost, quality, and use. Depending on the measure, a health indicator may be defined for a specific population, place, political jurisdiction, or geographic area. Examples:
- Mortality rates for specific diseases
- Behaviors such as fruit consumption
- Infection rates for specific pathogens
- Access to and rate of use of health tests, such as mammograms
- and much, much more
In 2010, HHS demonstrated the value of these data sets in creating a wide array of web apps as part of the Community Health Data Initiative.
For more information about the Health Indicators Warehouse, visit http://healthindicators.gov