New website offers access to crucial health data

The new HHS website allows you to easily search critical health data.

How many Americans receiving Medicare or Medicaid reported difficulty seeing a specialist last year? How many adults in the United States smoke cigarettes on a yearly basis?

Answers to these and thousands of other healthcare related questions are now just a few clicks away. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently launched its Health System Measurement Project website, which brings together information from multiple government sources in one place.

This online tool presents an easy way to find national trend data and to slice healthcare data in many different ways, including age, gender, income level and insurance coverage status.

The Health System Measurement Project focuses on ten topical areas of the healthcare system, including:

  • Access to Care
  • Cost and Affordability
  • Coverage
  • Health Care Workforce
  • Health IT
  • Innovation
  • Population Health
  • Prevention
  • Quality
  • Vulnerable Problems

The tool contains information on how these measures were calculated and provides users with direct links back to the original data sources.

The Health System Measurement Project was developed by HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to ensure “a robust monitoring system through which people inside and outside government can assess how the system is doing and identify areas that need improvement.”