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HHS Unveils Health Measures Performance Dashboard, Powered by Socrata

Data-Driven Interactive Dashboard Breaks New Ground With Over 400 Healthcare Datasets Delivered in an Easy-To-Use Consumer Web Experience (May 15, 2012)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- (Marketwire) -- 05/15/12 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched of the Health System Measurement Project, an extensive performance dashboard that provides data on about 50 U.S. health system measures, in an accessible, data-driven interactive experience. The breakthrough site, which is powered by the Socrata Data Experience Cloud, is publicly available at

The Health System Measurement Project optimizes the delivery of critical U.S. health system indicators to policymakers, providers, and the public, providing contextual, data-driven information to enhance the understanding of changes in the health care system. The groundbreaking performance dashboard organizes over 400 datasets sourced from across the federal government in ten topical areas, including access to care, cost and affordability, prevention and health information technology.

Users of the site can then explore different measures in each topic, and drill down on each measure to compare trends across several dimensions such as year, geographic region, or population characteristics including age, sex, income level, and insurance coverage status. For example, through this project, a user can monitor the percentage of people who have delayed needed health care due to cost, and track hospital readmission rates.

This first-of-its-kind performance dashboard, also represents several breakthrough technology innovations in cloud-optimized data modeling, user experience design, and metadata-driven information architecture. The result is a new generation of data-fueled interactive experiences that abstract the complexity of data exploration through a user-friendly, Consumer Web experience.

The enabling technology platform supports several key objectives:

-- Making the health system more open and transparent. -- Expanding access to information and making it accessible to every day users and non-technical audiences, in a familiar, Consumer Web experience. -- Promoting innovation and cost-effectiveness in information delivery by adopting new turnkey, cloud-based technologies designed to promote agility, reusability, and ease of maintenance in data-driven information systems. -- Facilitating collaboration between government agencies and elimination of data silos. -- Empowering entrepreneurs, programmers and developers with an open, standards-based Application Programming Interface (API) for each dataset on the site. -- Enabling policy analysts to interactively explore the data online, share it on social media and download it in a number of open formats for deeper analysis.

The new system uses a flexible metadata-driven architecture to provide a cost-effective solution that is easy to modify and update and is ubiquitously accessible.

About Socrata

Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data cloud services, a category of Web 2.0 solutions that enable public sector organizations to dramatically improve citizen access to information and online services, while reducing costs.

The Socrata Data Experience Cloud(TM) optimizes the management and speeds up the dissemination of data-driven interactive content to citizen, professional and internal government audiences, through multiple interfaces: Web, social, mobile, API, apps, voice, SMS. Information assets include tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems of record.

Socrata customers include cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City; states such as Oregon, Illinois and Oklahoma, and federal agencies such as Medicare, SAMHSA and GSA ( Socrata is a private company, based in Seattle, Washington, with venture financing from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. To learn more about Socrata, visit

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