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HSR Information Central is not an index of all health services resources on the Web. Rather, it contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.

Data Charts/Series

  • DATA.gov - (United States Government)  - Provides access to datasets generated by the Federal Government and includes descriptions of the datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.
  • Health Equity State Snapshots - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  - Summaries of data collected through ASTHO's Health Equity-Minority Health Survey to assess health equity efforts in the U.S. states and territories.
  • Health.Data.Gov - (United States Government)  - Health datasets, tools, and applications from agencies across the Federal government.
  • HIMSS State HIT Dashboard - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  - This interactive map displays information on current healthcare IT information and initiatives.
  • Homelessness Data Exchange - (Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) U.S.)  - This on-line tool is designed to allow Homeless Continuums of Care to submit data. It also provides access to reports created from this data.
  • Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - This public data set contains information about services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals, with information about utilization, payment, and submitted charges organized by National Provider Identifier (NPI), Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code, and place of service.
  • Project Tycho Data - (University of Pittsburgh)  - The Project Tycho database aims are to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and policy. The site provides open access to newly digitized U.S. weekly surveillance data for contagious diseases from 1888 to the present for use in research, education, and policy making.
  • Women of Color Health Information Collection - (Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH)  - The collection includes the Women of Color Health Data Book (2014), as well as discrete collections on Breast Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiovascular Disease with data on race/ethnicity and disease.

Databases/Repositories

  • Area Health Resources Files - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - A downloadable set of files, updated annually. Datasets include county-level, state and national-level data, and an MS Access Database version of the information.
  • Federal RePORTER - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - STAR METRICS® is a federal and research institution collaboration to create a repository of data and tools that will be useful to assess the impact of federal R&D investments.
  • Growing Food Connections Policy Database - (Growing Food Connections)  - Searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues.
  • Systematic Review Data Repository - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - To assist in the creation of systematic reviews or meta analyses, this tool is designed for the extraction and management of data, and a searchable archive of systematic reviews and their data.

Federal

  • AGing Integrated Database (AGID) - (Administration for Community Living USA)  - On-line query system based on AoA-related data files and surveys, and includes population characteristics from the Census Bureau for comparison purposes. The system allows users to produce customized tables in a step-by-step process and output the results in print or spreadsheet form.
  • AHRQ Data Resources - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - AHRQ provides access to a plethora of data and surveys on healthcare access, expenditures, quality, etc.
  • AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The Innovations Exchange offers health professionals and researchers the opportunity to share, learn about, and ultimately adopt evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for a range of health care settings and populations.
  • AHRQ Kids' Inpatient Database - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The Kid's Inpatient Database (KID)is produced every 3 years and is a unique and powerful nationwide database of hospital stays for children. It is a sample of pediatric discharges (age 20 or younger at admission) from community, non-rehabilitation hospitals from States participating in HCUP. The KID is the only dataset on hospital use, outcomes, and charges designed to study children's use of hospital services in the United States.
  • AHRQ Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), American Institutes of Research (AIR) US)  - The Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog consists of 333 patient safety programs available in the United States as of November 28, 2011.
  • All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - APCDs are large-scale databases that systematically collect health care claims data from a variety of payer sources. These databases, typically created by a state mandate, generally include data derived from medical claims, pharmacy claims, eligibility files, provider (physician and facility) files, and dental claims from private and public payers. Payers include insurance carriers, third party administrators (TPAs), pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), dental benefit administrators, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicare, Medicare Part D, Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), and TRICARE.
  • American Fact Finder - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - Source for finding population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the national to the local level.
  • CDC Sortable Stats - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Interactive data set composed of 20 behavioral risk factors and health indicators, compiled from state-level data for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
  • CDC Wonder - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research. Access statistical research data published by CDC; Public-use data sets about deaths, cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, vaccinations, births, census data and many other topics are available for query.
  • ChildStats.gov - (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics)  - This Website offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. The Forum fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect and report data on conditions and trends for children and families.
  • Chronic Conditions Dashboard - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Dashboard helps users find, analyze, and apply summarized data from CMS' Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse.
  • Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - This database provides researchers with Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary, claims, and assessment data linked by beneficiary across the continuum of care.
  • CMS Chart Series - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - Data on spending, operations, and quality of care.
  • CMS Research, Statistics, Data & Systems - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - This site provides access to CMS computer data and systems; research studies and reports; statistics, series, and trends; and files for order.
  • Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) - (Department of Energy (DOE) U.S.)  - CEDR is a public-use repository of data from occupational and environmental health studies of workers at DOE facilities and nearby community residents.
  • Data.CMS.gov - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - This tool derives its data from the Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File, describing care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries in the fee-for-service program.
  • Emergency Response Safety and Health Database - (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC (NIOSH))  - The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB) is an occupational safety and health database developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by personnel responding to a terrorist event.
  • FedStats - Provides links to Federal data access tools as well as statistics from more than 100 agencies.
  • Geographic Information Systems - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Serves as a central source of information about GIS and related resources. It consists primarily of links to other relevant sites.
  • Geographic Variation Dashboards - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - State and County dashboards provide information on variations in standardized per-capita costs for the Medicare fee-for-service population.
  • Health Center Data & Reporting - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Each year HRSA health center grantees are required to report core set of information that is appropriate for monitoring and evaluating performance and for reporting on annual trends. Access national data by year.
  • Health Data Interactive - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - Tables with national health statistics for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Tables can be customized by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic location to explore different trends and patterns.
  • Health Economics Resource Center - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - National center located in Menlo Park, CA that assists VA researchers in assessing the cost-effectiveness of medical care, evaluating the efficiency of VA programs and providers, and conducting high-quality health economics research. Provides aggregate data and findings about veterans. This site includes socio-economic data, the demographic characteristics of veterans, the geographical distribution of the veteran population, and other statistical data and information by veteran program.
  • Health Indicators Warehouse (HIW) - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - The Health Indicators Warehouse serves as the data hub for the HHS Community Health Data Initiative by providing a single source for national, state, and community health indicators.
  • Health Insurance Coverage Data - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - The Census Bureau collects health insurance data from three surveys: The Annual Social and Ecomonic Supplement to the Current Population Survey; The American Community Survey; and, The Survey of Income and Program Participation. The surveys differ in length and detail of the questionnaire, the number of households interviewed, the methodology used to collect and process the data, and, consequently, in the health insurance estimates produced. Access questionnaires and data.
  • Health System Measurement Project - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - This web tool enables the viewing of data on a given topical area from multiple sources, comparing trends across measures and national trends with those at the state and regional level. For example, an individual could use the Measurement Project to monitor the percentage of people who have a specific source of ongoing medical care or track avoidable hospitalizations for adults and children by region or ethnic group.
  • Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Family of healthcare databases and related software tools and products that provide national information and data on patient-level health care.
  • HRSA Data Warehouse - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Provides access to information about HRSA programs and related health resources including data on health professional shortage areas, medically underserved areas, and primary care service areas.
  • Integrated Health Interview Series - (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (NICHD), Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota US)  - NHIS provides invaluable data on health behaviors, conditions, and care. With thousands of variables, large sample size, and sampling frame representative of the non-institutionalized civilian population, NHIS is also a potential tool for teaching statistics.
  • Medicare Coverage Database - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - The Medicare Coverage Database (MCD) contains all National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), local policy articles, and proposed NCD decisions. The database also includes several other types of national coverage policy related documents, including national coverage analyses (NCAs), coding analyses for labs (CALs), Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC) proceedings, and Medicare coverage guidance documents.
  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Nation's principal health statistics agency. Looks at outcomes, access, literature synthesis, public reporting, underserved, quality, data collection methods, etc. Access data, reports, surveys, and tools.
  • National Practitioner Data Bank - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - The NPDB is a federal information repository dedicated to improving health care quality, promoting patient safety, and preventing fraud and abuse. It contains information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to health care practitioners, entities, providers, and suppliers.
  • Nationwide Emergency Department Sample - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) is one in a family of databases and software tools developed as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), a Federal-State-Industry partnership sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. HCUP data inform decision-making at the national, State, and community levels.
  • Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) is a set of longitudinal hospital inpatient databases included in the HCUP family. These databases are created by AHRQ through a Federal-State-Industry partnership.
  • NHQRDRNet Online Query System - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Online query system that allows you to access national and state data on the quality of, and access to, health care from scientifically credible measures and data sources. This is an interactive tool to explore data from the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports.
  • NIMH Limited Access Data Sets - (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH (NIMH))  - Web page provides information on limited access data sets and how to gain access to them.
  • OpenFDA - (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))  - The website will be a growing list of open APIs, raw data downloads, documentation and examples for a collection of FDA public datasets.
  • PopSciGrid Community Health Data Portal - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Evolving platform demonstrating how health behavior, policy, and demographic data can be integrated, visualized, and communicated to empower communities and support new avenues of research and policy for cancer prevention and control.
  • Registry of Patient Registries (RoPR) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - RoPR is a database of registry specific information intended to promote collaboration, reduce redundancy, and improve transparency.
  • Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis - (Social Security Administration (SSA))  - The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics under the Deputy Commissioner of Retirement and Disability Policy is the agency's source for statistics on the impact and operations of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs and on the earnings of the working and beneficiary populations. Download data sets.
  • SAMHSA Data - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - Access to data, reports and statistics produced by SAMHSA. Data can be analyzed online.
  • SEER-Medicare Linked Database - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - SEER-Medicare data reflect the linkage of two large population-based sources of data that provide detailed information about elderly persons with cancer. The data can be used for an array of epidemiological and health services research.
  • Social Security Statistical Tables - (Office of the Chief Actuary, U.S. Social Security Administration)  - Links to statistical tables, i.e., old-age and survivors insurance trust fund.
  • SSI Annual Statistical Report/Supplement - (Social Security Administration (SSA))  - Since 1974, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program has guaranteed a minimum level of income for needy aged, blind, or disabled individuals. Each year, a report or supplement is issued that presents data on the SSI program and the people who receive benefits from it.
  • State Cancer Profiles - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - The objective of the State Cancer Profiles website is to provide a system to characterize the cancer burden in a standardized manner in order to motivate action, integrate surveillance into cancer control planning, characterize areas and demographic groups, and expose health disparities. The focus is on cancer sites for which there are evidence based control interventions. Interactive graphics and maps provide visual support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts.
  • Tools: Interactive Tables and Data - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - The Community Health Data Initiative is a collaborative effort among government and non-government partners to establish a network of suppliers and demanders of community health data, indicators, and interventions. Its purpose is to help Americans understand health and health care system performance in their communities, thereby sparking and facilitating action to improve performance and value.
  • United States Data Renal System - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))  - Access and request data, annual reports, presentations and slides. The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) is a national data system that collects, analyzes, and distributes information about end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. The USRDS is funded directly by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). USRDS staff collaborates with members of CMS, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and the ESRD networks, sharing datasets and actively working to improve the accuracy of ESRD patient information.
  • VA Data and Statistics - (National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) USA)  - Links to data sources and data sets within the VA. Includes instructions on how to request permission to access VA data.
  • VIVO - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  - Vivo is a scientific collaboration tool, focusing on the areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues. It brings together information on the people, agencies, units, and other resources that make up the research environment within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) science agencies Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Economic Research Service (ERS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and Forest Service (FS).
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and physical activity.

Other (Non-Federal)

  • 2013 Milliman Medical Index - (Milliman US)  - The 2013 Milliman Medical Index™ (MMI™) measures average annual medical spending for a typical American family of four covered by an employer-sponsored preferred provider organization (PPO) program. The MMI provides a consistent benchmark of healthcare benefit costs by annually assessing the changes in those costs over the most recent five-year period.
  • DataFinder - (Population Reference Bureau (PRB))  - Search for indicators and locations, and create custom reports.
  • Medicare Chartbook, 2010 - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - This chartbook provides the most recent and reliable data available about the Medicare program and the 47 million seniors and younger people with disabilities who get health insurance coverage through the program.
  • QOLID - Quality of Life Instruments Database - (Mapi Research Institute)  - Provides limited free access to information on Quality of Life (QOL) and Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) instruments. In-depth information is available on a paid subscription basis.
  • ResDAC (Research Data Assistance Center) - (University of Minnesota)  - A CMS contractor that provides free assistance to academic, government and non-profit researchers interested in using Medicare and/or Medicaid data for their research. ResDAC is staffed by a consortium of epidemiologists, public health specialists, health services researchers, biostatisticians, and health informatics specialists from the University of Minnesota.

Health Statistics

  • Adult Obesity Facts - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - 2011 CDC map detailing adult obesity prevalence for all U.S. states based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.
  • AgingStats.gov - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS), National Institute on Aging (NIA))  - provides an updated, accessible compendium of indicators, drawn from the most reliable official statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and older. The indicators are categorized into five broad areas-population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. The 155-page report contains data on 37 key indicators.
  • American Community Survey (ACS) - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - Nationwide survey to help communities, state governments, and federal programs plan investments and services. This site provides demographic, social, economic, and housing data for over 800 geographical areas in the US.
  • American Housing Survey (AHS) - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - Provides current information on selected housing characteristics, including size and composition of the nation's housing inventory, vacancies, fuel usage, physical condition of housing units, characteristics of occupants, home improvements, housing costs, home values, and characteristics of recent movers.
  • Area Health Resources Files (AHRF) - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - AHRF is a family of health data resource products that draw from an extensive county-level database assembled annually from over 50 sources. These products are made available to inform health resources planning, analysis, and decision making.
  • Behavioral Health Barometer, 2013 - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - A series of publications on Behavior health statistics provides a glimpse of the issues nationally, as well as for individuals states and the District of Columbia.
  • Behavioral Health Barometers - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - This series, which began in 2010, is a series of State and national reports that provide a snapshot of the state of behavioral health in the Nation.
  • Behavioral Health, United States, 2012 - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - This document reports on the nation's mental health system across three themes: people; treatment facility characteristics; and payers and payment mechanisms. Includes state-level data, needs of children and military personnel, and services in non-traditional settings.
  • Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC): Data & Statistics - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Provides information on the variables of major interest to the BCSC, such as demographic data and health history of women who come to participating radiology facilities for mammograms. Also provided are statistics that provide an overview of the data collected.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics - (United States Department of Labor)  - Statistical data and information related to the social and economic conditions of the United States. Subject areas include inflation and prices; employment and unemployment; pay and benefits; spending and time use; productivity; and workplace injuries.
  • Cancer statistics - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Provides cancer statistics on incidence and survival data from 14 population-based cancer registries and three supplemental registries covering approximately 26 percent of the US population.
  • CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report - United States, 2011 - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between groups that reflect social inequalities. Despite progress over the past 20 years in reducing this problem, racial/ethnic, economic and other social disparities in health still exists and need to be addressed. This report is the first in a periodic series examining health disparities in the United States.
  • CMS Research, Statistics, Data & Systems - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - This site provides access to CMS computer data and systems; research studies and reports; statistics, series, and trends; and files for order.
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), University of Wisconsin)  - Provides county-by-county health rankings for each of the 50 states and Washington DC, explanations of each health factor, and actionable strategies to improve the health of communities across the nation.
  • Emergency Department Visits - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - Report released in May 2010. Key findings include Older adults (aged 75 and over), non-Hispanic black persons, poor persons, and persons with Medicaid coverage were more likely to have had at least one emergency department (ED) visit in a 12-month period than those in other age, race, income, and insurance groups.
  • EpiQuery: NYC Interactive Health Data - (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)  - Health datasets on topics and indicators for different NYC populations. EpiQuery offers prevalence estimates with confidence intervals, rates over time, bar charts and neighborhood maps.
  • FastStats A-Z - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
  • Food Access Research Atlas - (Economic Research Service, USDA (ERS))  - The Food Access Research Atlas maps and provides selected food access indicators for census tracts.
  • Food Environment Atlas - (Economic Research Service, USDA (ERS))  - Provides a spatial overview of a community's ability and success in accessing healthy food. Users can assemble county-level statistics on food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.
  • HCUP Fast Stats - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This interactive website provides easy access to the latest HCUP-based statistics for health information topics.
  • Health Data Interactive - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - Tables with national health statistics for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Tables can be customized by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic location to explore different trends and patterns.
  • Health Indicators - (Canadian Institute for Health Information)  - Annual report containing the most recently available health indicators data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada. Presents national trends over time for selected indicators focusing on the following six themes: heart attacks and cardiac revascularization; stroke; women's health and men's health-selected surgical procedures; hip fractures; joint replacements; and preventing hospital admissions. Download PDF version.
  • Health Insurance Data - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - The US Census Bureau's collection of health insurance statistical information.
  • Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs - (Altarum Institute US)  - Published monthly, the reports are designed to address shortcomings in the availability of timely economic data on health sector-related employment, spending, and prices.
  • Health, United States - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - Annual report on trends in health statistics. The report consists of a chartbook that illustrates major trends in the health of Americans, and a trend tables section of detailed data tables. Refer to Appendix I for data sources.
  • Integrated Health Interview Series - (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (NICHD), Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota US)  - NHIS provides invaluable data on health behaviors, conditions, and care. With thousands of variables, large sample size, and sampling frame representative of the non-institutionalized civilian population, NHIS is also a potential tool for teaching statistics.
  • Kaiser State Health Facts - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - Provides health data on more than 700 health topics including demographics, health insurance coverage, health costs, minority health, and women's health for all 50 states.
  • Kaiser Tracking Polls - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - A regular series of poll results on health-related topics is provided. The polls look at health information of current concern to Americans.
  • Leading Health Indicators - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans.
  • Minority Populations - (Office of Minority Health (OMH))  - Detailed demographic, language fluency, education, economic, insurance coverage and health status information, as well as full census reports for African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander populations..
  • Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2014 - (Commonwealth Fund)  - Chartpacks (in pdf and ppt format) provide comparison data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on health care systems and performance topics such as spending, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceuticals, prevention, mortality, quality and safety, and prices. Countries included in the comparison are: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • National Center for Education Statistics - (Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (IES))  - The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Nation's principal health statistics agency. Looks at outcomes, access, literature synthesis, public reporting, underserved, quality, data collection methods, etc. Access data, reports, surveys, and tools.
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Data and Statistics Gateway - (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC (NIOSH))  - The Gateway is a NIOSH Scientific Data Repository that provides centralized access to NIOSH public-use research datasets valuable for the public, industry, and the scientific community. The Gateway also provides convenient access to surveillance, statistics and other collections of NIOSH data focused on occupational safety and health.
  • National Transportation Statistics - (U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT))  - Available are 260 data tables related to statistics on the U.S. transportation system, including its physical components, safety record, economic performance, the human and natural environment, and national security.
  • National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Provides states and communities with a clearer understanding of violent deaths to guide local decisions about efforts to prevent violence and track progress over time.
  • NCHS Data Briefs - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - Data Briefs are statistical publications that provide information about current public health topics in a straightforward format. Each report takes a complex data subject and summarizes it into text and graphics that provide readers with easily comprehensible information in a compact publication.
  • NCHS Data Online Query System - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - Currently in a beta version, this resource provides dynamically generated statistical tables, charts, and graphs using NCHS public use data.
  • NCI Cancer Mortality Maps & Graphs - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Provides interactive maps, graphs (accessible to the blind and visually-impaired), text, tables and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of cancer death rates for the time period 1950-1994 for more than 40 cancers
  • Orlin Data System - This free search system requires registration to utilize CMS linkable 2008-2009 Medicare Data.
  • PeriStats - (March of Dimes)  - Provides access to to maternal and infant health-related data at the U.S., state, county, and city level.
  • State Cancer Profiles - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - The objective of the State Cancer Profiles website is to provide a system to characterize the cancer burden in a standardized manner in order to motivate action, integrate surveillance into cancer control planning, characterize areas and demographic groups, and expose health disparities. The focus is on cancer sites for which there are evidence based control interventions. Interactive graphics and maps provide visual support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - National data on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use. Also included are data on mental health topics including depression, serious psychological distress, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
  • Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - The SEER Program is a source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States. It also includes a section on Cancer Rates and Risk Factors, and information on statistics, databases, data collection tools, and recent reports.
  • United States Cancer Statistics - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI), North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR))  - Official federal statistics on cancer incidence from registries that have high-quality data and cancer mortality statistics for each year and for a combined five-year period. The site provides state-specific and regional data for cancer cases diagnosed and cancer deaths.
  • Women's Health USA - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Annual report on the trends in the health status and service needs of women in the United States. It contains information on population characteristics, health status, health services utilization, and disparities.

International

  • Canadian Statistics - (Statistics Canada)  - Summary tables are organized by Subject including Health, Population and Demography and Social Conditions.
  • Database of Promoting Health Effectiveness Reviews (DoPHER) - (Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) UK)  - Focused coverage of systematic and non-systematic reviews of effectiveness in health promotion and public health worldwide. This register currently contains details of over 2,500 reviews of health promotion and public health effectiveness.
  • Global Health Facts - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - Global data on HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other key health and socio-economic indicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses.
  • Global Health Observatory (GHO) - (World Health Organization (WHO))  - WHO's gateway to health-related statistics from around the world. GHO covers global health priorities such as the health-related Millennium Development Goals, women and health, mortality and burden of disease, disease outbreaks, health equity, and health systems.
  • Health Indicators - (Canadian Institute for Health Information)  - Annual report containing the most recently available health indicators data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada. Presents national trends over time for selected indicators focusing on the following six themes: heart attacks and cardiac revascularization; stroke; women's health and men's health-selected surgical procedures; hip fractures; joint replacements; and preventing hospital admissions. Download PDF version.
  • Health, Nutrition and Population Data and Statistics - (World Bank)  - This database contains international statistics for 250 indicators dealing with areas such as: health financing, HIV/AIDS, immunization, malaria and tuberculosis, health workforce and health facilities use, nutrition, reproductive health, population and population projections, cause of death, non-communicable diseases, water and sanitation, with background information on poverty, labor force, economy and education.
  • Human Development Report (United Nations) - (United Nations)  - The Human Development Report (HDR) presents a wealth of statistical information on different aspects of human development. Links to other background materials, data resources and on-going debates and discussions on human development statistics.
  • ISPOR International Digest of Databases - (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) US)  - Electronic index (Digest) of key attributes of health care databases around the world available at the ISPOR website, which is accessible to the public. The Digest is a compendium of 194 databases. These databases list key attributes of health care data from around the world.
  • PROSPERO - (University of York UK)  - PROSPERO consists of over 800 records, giving details of systematic reviews being undertaken in 33 different countries.
  • Social Science Data Archives - Europe - (Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA))  - List of data archives in Europe. Provides access to 25,000 data collections, delivering over 70,000 data collections per annum and acquiring a further 1,000 data collections each year.
  • United Nations Statistics Division (UN Data) - UN Data compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.

Search for Tools

  • CMS Innovation Center - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - The Center is a portfolio that tests various payment and service delivery models.
  • Federal RePORTER - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - STAR METRICS® is a federal and research institution collaboration to create a repository of data and tools that will be useful to assess the impact of federal R&D investments.
  • Medicaid Managed Care Market Tracker - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - This tool provides state-level, MCO-level, and parent firm-level information related to comprehensive risk-based MCOs in Medicaid.
  • Public Health & HIE Toolkit - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - Tools to help public health officials understand, engage, and participate in Health Information Exchange (HIE).

Surveys

  • Polling - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - KFF releases results regularly from their polls of the American public, on such topics as health care reform, health insurance, health economics, and health disparities.

Federal Surveys

  • Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Directory - (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA))  - Current listing of surveys and other relevant data suitable for epidemiologic research on alcohol.
  • Basis-32 - (Medical Outcomes Trust)  - This instrument is a 32-item self-administered questionnaire.
  • Bureau of the Census (U.S.), Health Insurance - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - The Census Bureau collects health insurance data from two national surveys:(1) The Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS)and (2) Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).
  • CAHPS® Hospital Survey (H-CAHPS) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Public-private initiative to develop standardized surveys of patients' experiences with ambulatory and facility-level care.
  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Center for Innovation is a new engine for revitalizing and sustaining Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as for improving the health care system for all Americans. The Innovation Center tests innovative care and payment models and encourages widespread adoption of practices that deliver better health care at lower costs.
  • Health and Retirement Study (HRS) - (National Institute on Aging (NIA))  - The University of Michigan HRS surveys more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. A Longitudinal Study of Health, Retirement, and Aging, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.
  • Health Services & Economics Survey Instruments - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Provides access to several survey instruments for studies related to health services and economics, as well as links to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage.
  • Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) Public Report (2011) images/pdf.gif icon - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  - The Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey elicits information from a sample of hospitals, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, clinical laboratories, and other providers and suppliers. Medicare contractors perform a variety of services for providers including claims processing, provider inquiries, enrollment, education, appeals, audits, and medical review.
  • National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS) is one in a continuing series of nationally representative sample surveys of U.S. home health and hospice agencies. It is designed to provide descriptive information on home health and hospice agencies, their staffs, their services, and their patients. NHHCS was first conducted in 1992 and was repeated in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000, and most recently in 2007.
  • National Survey of Family Growth - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health.
  • National Survey on Drug Use & Health - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - Links to the various surveys and data collected by the Office of Applied Studies via ther National Survey on Drug Use & Health.
  • Survey on Patient Safety Culture Database - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - In response to interest from hospitals using AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, AHRQ is establishing this database as a central repository for survey data.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

State Surveys

  • California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) - (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)  - Provides public health information for California's diverse population. Results on a variety of health topics are produced for the entire state and most counties.
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), University of Wisconsin)  - Provides county-by-county health rankings for each of the 50 states and Washington DC, explanations of each health factor, and actionable strategies to improve the health of communities across the nation.
  • State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) - (University of Minnesota)  - Provides a focal point for coordination of state survey activities on the uninsured; funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Other Surveys

  • EBRI/Commonwealth Fund Consumerism in Health Care Survey - (Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI))  - The first EBRI/Commonwealth Fund Consumerism in Health Care Survey was conducted to provide reliable national data on the growth of high deductible plans and their impact on the behavior and attitudes of health care consumers.
  • Health IT Survey Compendium - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This database is a resource of health IT surveys that may be used in the evaluation of health IT projects.
  • Pew Surveys: Health - (Pew Internet and American Life Project USA)  - The Pew Internet and American Life studies examine the impact of technologies on health and health care.
  • SF 36 Health Survey - (Medical Outcomes Trust)  - Link to information on the SF-36, a multi-purpose, short-form health survey instrument with 36 questions. It yields an 8-scale profile of functional health and well-being scores as well as psychometrically-based physical and mental health summary measures and a preference-based health utility index. It is a generic measure, as opposed to one that targets a specific age, disease, or treatment group.

Tools

  • Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators, 2015 - (World Health Organization (WHO))  - Standard set of 100 indicators prioritized by the global community to provide concise information on health situations and trends, including responses at national and global levels. The list of indicators can be used as a general reference and guide for standard indicators and definitions that countries can use for monitoring in accordance with their own health priorities and capacity.
  • Hospital Safety Scores - (Leapfrog Group USA)  - Research the scores hospitals have received relevant to patient safety, errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
  • National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This website includes access to all reports from this series, as well as a data query section, which allows researchers to find data based on geographic, subject, and topic area.

Federal Tools

  • Access Tools - (Bureau of the Census U.S.)  - U.S. Census Bureau - Links to data access tools from the U.S. Census Bureau (e.g., American Fact Finder, Data Ferrett, Censtats, etc.)
  • American Fact Finder - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - Source for finding population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the national to the local level.
  • Built Environment Assessment Tool - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) measures the core features and qualities of the built environment that affect health, especially walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.
  • CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - This website is aimed at those who participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. It provides vetted tools and resources for community health improvement.
  • CDC Releases New Built Environment Assessment Tool - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - A direct systematic observation data collection instrument for measuring the core features and quality of the built environment related to behaviors that affect health, especially behaviors such as walking, biking, and other types of physical activity
  • Child Health Care Quality Toolbox - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This online resource is intended to help state and local policymakers and program directors and staff answer questions about measuring health care performance in child health programs.
  • CHIRr: Consumer Health Informatics Research Resource - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - This resource provides a resource of outcome variables and suggested measures to guide a comprehensive consumer health informatics assessment. The resource provides a reservoir of suggested outcome variables that make it easier to engage in health communication and related consumer health informatics intervention research.
  • CMS Health Literacy Toolkit - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - Provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.
  • Community Health Maps - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - Provides information about low cost mapping tools that can be used by community organizations.
  • FedStats - Provides links to Federal data access tools as well as statistics from more than 100 agencies.
  • Health Disparities Calculator - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Statistical software designed to generate multiple summary measures to evaluate and monitor health disparities (HD). HD*Calc was created as an extension of SEER*Stat that allows the user to import SEER Data or other population based health data such as National Health Interview Survey, California Health Interview Survey, Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey, and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
  • Health System Measurement Project - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - This web tool enables the viewing of data on a given topical area from multiple sources, comparing trends across measures and national trends with those at the state and regional level. For example, an individual could use the Measurement Project to monitor the percentage of people who have a specific source of ongoing medical care or track avoidable hospitalizations for adults and children by region or ethnic group.
  • HRSA Data Snapshot - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Access HRSA health centers data, by year, by using HRSA Access Data Tools such as Data Snapshot, demographic trends, and data comparisons.
  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.
  • Implementing the PCMH: Practice Facilitation - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This toolkit was developed to assist in the creation of a practice facilitation program, as part of the patient-centered medical home. Practice facilitation improves the primary health care processes and outcomes by creating an ongoing, trusting relationship between an external facilitator and a primary care practice.
  • Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - An online mapping tool that documents geographic disparities in cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors at the local level. The Atlas allows users to create county-level maps of heart disease and stroke and include overlays of congressional boundaries and health care facility locations. In addition, county-level maps of poverty rates, education levels, the food environment, access to health care, and other social factors are available.
  • MEPSnet Query Tools - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Provides easy access to Medical Expenditure Survey Panel statistics on health care use, expenditures, sources of payment, and insurance coverage.
  • My Own Network, Powered by AHRQ (MONAHRQ) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - MONAHRQ is an open-source software product that enables organizations to input their own inpatient hospital administrative data and generate a data-driven Web site. MONAHRQ analyzes, summarizes, and presents information in a format ready for use by consumers and other decision-makers. Organizations host the new tool on their own Web server and populate it with their own hospital administrative data.
  • National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.
  • NHQRDRNet Online Query System - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Online query system that allows you to access national and state data on the quality of, and access to, health care from scientifically credible measures and data sources. This is an interactive tool to explore data from the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports.
  • NIH RePORTER (RePORT Expenditures & Results) - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - The RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) website provides access to a variety of reporting tools, reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities. One of the tools available on the RePORT site is the RePORTER (RePORT Expenditures and Results) module. RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding.
  • Prevention, Wellness, & Comparing Providers: Healthcare.Gov - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S., Hospital Quality Alliance US)  - This tool provides a listing of U.S. hospitals, including hospital demographics (location, hospital type) and 44 quality measures. Hospital Compare includes information on some Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
  • Translational Science Search - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - This is a web application for finding MEDLINE/PubMed journal articles that are regarded by their authors as novel, promising, or may have potential clinical application. A set of "translational" filters and related terms was created by reviewing journal articles published in clinical and translational science (TS) journals. Through E-Utilities, a user's query and TS filters are submitted to PubMed, and then, the retrieved PubMed citations are matched with a database of MeSH terms (for disease conditions) and RxNorm (for interventions) to locate the search term, translational filters found, and associated interventions in the title and abstract. An algorithm ranks the interventions and conditions, and then highlights them in the results page for quick reading and evaluation. Using previously searched terms and standard formulas, the precision and recall of TSS were 0.99 and 0.47, compared to 0.58 and 1.0 for PubMed Entrez, respectively.

Other Tools

  • Children of Immigrants Data Tool - (Urban Institute (UI))  - Interactive tool designed to generate charts and tables with indicators on children, age 0 to 17, for the United States and for the 50 states and the District of Columbia using data from the American Community Survey.
  • Community Commons - An interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities movement. Users have access to all kinds of tools and information. One highlight is the searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives (multi-sector collaboratives) working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/equitable communities
  • Data and Statistics: Tools - (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)  - This site provides access to several NYC tools for statistical analysis, including: Epiquery, Environmental Public Health Tracking portal, Birth and Death Records, Childhood Lead Poisoning, Injury, Pregnancy Risks and The Geographical Information System (GIS) Center.
  • Florida HealthFinder - (State of Florida USA)  - A web-based tool which allows easy access to comprehensive Florida health care information.
  • GovTrack - (Civic Impluse, LLC)  - An independent tool to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress.
  • HRET Disparities Toolkit - (Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET))  - The Toolkit is a Web-based tool that provides hospitals, health systems, clinics, and health plans information and resources for systematically collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Map - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  - This map is a free, open resource for those interested in sharing IHI's mission of improving health care. This includes access to various "How To Guides," for example, prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia; prevent surgical site infection; prevent adverse drug events, etc.
  • Kaiser Slides - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - This is a health policy resource featuring "Kaiser Slides"- a tool providing direct access to facts, data and slides about the nation's health care system and programs.
  • National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) - (American College of Surgeons (ACS))  - Six years of private sector experience has demonstrated the effectiveness of the NSQIP as a quality improvement tool and as a source of new clinical knowledge for hospitals outside the VA system. The ACS NSQIP is available to all private sector hospitals that meet the minimum participation requirements, complete a hospital agreement, and pay an annual fee of $35,000.
  • Open Notes Toolkit - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - Survey tools for researchers are included in this toolkit.
  • Patient Safety Toolbox for States - (National Academy for State Health Policy USA)  - This electronic toolbox is intended to provide states with tools they can use or modify as they develop or improve adverse event reporting systems. The toolbox includes information (policies, practices, forms, reports, methods, and contracts) related to states' reporting systems, links to other Web resources, and fast facts and issues related to patient safety.
  • Population Health Framework - (National Quality Forum (NQF) USA)  - The purpose of this Action guide and report is to develop a common framework for communities that will offer practical guidance for improving population health
  • QualityNet - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - Tool for use by hospitals to electronically submit their notice of participation for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program- formerly known as Reporting Hospital
  • STD Billing and Reimbursement Toolkit - The STD-Related Reproductive Health Training and Technical Assistance Center has released a toolkit to assist publicly-funded STD clinics and public health laboratories in making decisions about whether to bill, and how to develop billing systems, manage revenue cycles, initiate contracts, and enhance coding capacity for STD-related services.
  • Tool for Health Plans to Assess their Health Literacy Programs - (America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP))  - Developed by Emory University researcher Dr. Julie Gazmararian, working with the AHIP Health Literacy Task Force, this tool allows health plans to assess their health literacy programs and to use the assessments in the development and advancement of their initiatives.
  • Visualizing Health - (University of Michigan (U-M))  - This site contains examples of tested and evaluated graphic displays of health information. The health visualizations include graphs, charts, and images that effectively communicate risk information and help make sense of health data.
  • Why Not the Best? Comparative Health Care Performance Data - (Commonwealth Fund)  - Free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. It enables organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. Case studies and improvement tools spotlight successful improvement strategies of the nation's top performers.