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Health Data Tools and Statistics

Links to health statistics and data sets as well as resources to support data collection.
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Health Information Technology and Standards

  • Center for Public Health Informatics - (University of Washington)  - The Center for Public Health Informatics is dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary environment that supports innovative research into information strategies and technologies to improve the health of the public.
  • Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards at NLM - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - Describes the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) role in the development of health information technology (HIT) and data standards. Also provides links to additional federal resources in the areas of HIT and data standards.
  • Public Health Data Standards Consortium - (Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC))  - The Consortium is a standards oriented organization focused on representing the public health community at the principal standards development organizations and promoting the use of data and systems standards by the public health community.

Health Statistics

  • America's Health Rankings - (United Health Foundation)  - America's Health Rankings is a yearly assessment of the relative healthiness of the nation, based upon analysis of comprehensive determining factors such as personal behaviors, the environment in which people live and work, the decisions made by public and elected officials and the quality of medical care delivered by health professionals.
  • Big Cities Health Inventory 2007: The Health of Urban USA - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - Provides city-to-city comparisons of leading measures of health, presenting a broad overview of the health of the 54 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.
  • Cancer Trends Progress Report - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Summarizes progress in the U.S. against cancer in relation to Healthy People 2010 targets set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report includes key measures of progress along the cancer control continuum and uses national trend data to illustrate where advancements have been made.
  • Data & Surveys - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)) 
  • European Health For All Database (HFA-DB) - (World Health Organization (WHO))  - Contains data on about 600 health indicators for Member States of the WHO European Region, including basic demographic and socioeconomic indicators; lifestyle- and environment-related indicators; mortality, morbidity and disability; hospital discharges; and health care resources, utilization and expenditure . The database is a helpful tool for international comparison and for assessing the health situation and trends in any European country in an international context.
  • FASTATS A-Z - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Listing and quick links for basic public health statistical data.
  • GlobalHealthFacts.org - (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))  - 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.
  • Health Data - (Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)) 
  • 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.
  • HRSA Geospatial Data Warehouse - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - The Geospatial Data Warehouse and its associated applications 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.
  • SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2002 - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - The SEER Cancer Statistics Review (CSR), a report of the most recent cancer incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence, and lifetime risk statistics, is published by the Cancer Statistics Branch of the National Cancer Institute.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - The latest national data on alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug use and dependence, and State treatment planning areas. Also included are data on mental health topics including depression, serious psychological distress, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
  • Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health - (University of Pittsburgh)  - Supercourse is a global repository of lectures on public health and prevention targeting educators across the world. Supercourse has a network of over 43435 scientists in 175 countries who are sharing for free a library of 3418 lectures in 26 languages.
  • Women's Health USA 2007 - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Women's Health USA provides data and information on emerging issues and trends in women's health. Racial and ethnic, sex/gender, and socioeconomic disparities are highlighted where possible.

National Public Health Data Sets

  • American Fact Finder - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - An interactive database that is searchable for data from multiple data sources
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury.
  • CDC Wonder - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) 
  • Child Trends Data Bank - (Child Trends)  - National trend data and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.
  • Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health - (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI))  - Allows users to search and display charts and tabular findings from individual survey items as well as derived key child health measures from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). The user-friendly site can display state profiles, rankings, and information for key demographic groups (e.g., child's age, sex, race and ethnicity, household income, insurance status and type).
  • DATA2010 - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - An interactive database system developed by staff of the Division of Health Promotion Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics that contains the most recent monitoring data for tracking Healthy People 2010.
  • Gateway to Data and Statistics Site - (HHS Data Council, Department of Health and Human Services)  - This web-based tool brings together key health and human services data and statistics
  • HCUPnet - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - A free, on-line query system based on Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data - provides access to health statistics and information on hospital stays at the National, regional, and State level.
  • 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 Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Nationally representative telephone survey of the general population to evaluate how the general public accesses and uses information about cancer, and how this information can be delivered most effectively.
  • 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.
  • Health-Related Quality of Life - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) data can be used to track population health in states and communities, to measure the burden of chronic and infectious diseases in different populations, and to measure the effects of short- and long-term disabilities. Visitors to the website can use query-based application to examine population HRQOL trends by year and state, sex, age and race/ethnicity.
  • HRSA Geospatial Data Warehouse - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - The Geospatial Data Warehouse and its associated applications 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.
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - A series of national probability surveys conducted by AHRQ on the financing and utilization of medical care in the United States.
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Statistical Briefs - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - MEPS Statistical Briefs are easy-to-read, quick graphical summaries of MEPS data very much like MEPS Highlights. These statistical brief are only available on the MEPS website.
  • Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey - (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS))  - The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, or MCBS, is a survey of a nationally representative sample of aged, disabled, and institutionalized Medicare beneficiaries.
  • 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.
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data provide a snapshot of the health and nutrition of the U.S. population. NHANES collects extensive health information from both face-to-face interviews and medical examinations. Data from NHANES surveys provide opportunities to study major nutrition, infection, environmental, and chronic health conditions in the U.S.
  • National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs Data Resource Center - (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (MCHB))  - The Data Resource Center website delivers hands-on access to national, state and regional data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) – the first-ever survey of families sponsored by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
  • National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Data Resource Center - (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (MCHB))  - The Data Resource Center website delivers hands-on access to national, state, and regional data from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) – the second survey of families sponsored by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau designed to complement the 2001 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs by providing data on the health and well-being of the general child population.
  • NHDRnet Online Query System - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Access national data for quality of health care, access to health care, or for priority populations (race, ethnicity, income, or education) derived from the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR).
  • NHQRnet Online Query System - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Access national data on the quality of and access to health care from scientifically credible measures and data sources derived from the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR).
  • Profiles of America - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  - This Internet-based information system allows you to manipulate various socioeconomic data series used in many Economic Resource Service (ERS) products. Use the interactive tools to create and manipulate charts, maps, and tables—including multidimensional tables, such as poverty rates by metro/nonmetro status.
  • Public Health Indicators and National Data - (Public Health Indicators and National Data (PHIND))  - A web-based resource for community-level social indicators of health, with links to community specific sites, indicators and comparisons.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - The latest national data on alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug use and dependence, and State treatment planning areas. Also included are data on mental health topics including depression, serious psychological distress, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
  • TOXMAP - (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)  - Creates nationwide and local area maps to show the amount and location of toxic chemicals released into the environment. Data is derived from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) which provides information on the releases of toxic chemicals into the environment as reported annually by industrial facilities around the United States.
  • WebMIRS - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - A graphical Java program providing access to the NHANES II & III databases of medical survey data and x-ray images.
  • Wildlife Disease Information Node (WDIN) - (Biological Informatics Office of the U.S. Geological Survey)  - WDIN is a collaborative project working to develop a Web-based monitoring and reporting system to provide state and federal resource managers, animal disease specialists, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, physicians, public health workers, educators, and the general public with access to data on wildlife diseases, mortality events, and other critical related information.
  • Work-Related Injury Statistics Query System - Work-RISQS - (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC (NIOSH))  - Work-RISQS provides a web-based public access query system for obtaining national estimates (number of cases) and rates (number of cases per hours worked) for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Users may interactively query based on demographic characteristics, nature of injury/illness, and incident circumstances.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.

State and Local Public Health Data Sets

  • America's Health Rankings - (United Health Foundation)  - America's Health Rankings is a yearly assessment of the relative healthiness of the nation, based upon analysis of comprehensive determining factors such as personal behaviors, the environment in which people live and work, the decisions made by public and elected officials and the quality of medical care delivered by health professionals.
  • California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - 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.
  • CHARTing Health Information for Texas - Provides a comprehensive collection of links to publicly available, localized or geographically discreet health data, community characteristics data and sociodemographic data for the state of Texas.
  • CLIKS: Community-Level Information on Kids - This website brings together data on the well-being of children collected by KIDS COUNT grantees from state and local sources. The unique system allows users to access state-specific inventories of data from local sources, such as health departments, human services agencies, and schools.
  • Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - County-specific data and reports on health status indicators. States and counties can use the indicators to check county health status in comparison to Healthy People 2010 targets, compare one's county to peers and the U.S., and characterize the overall health of the county and its citizens to support health planning.
  • Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health - (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI))  - Allows users to search and display charts and tabular findings from individual survey items as well as derived key child health measures from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). The user-friendly site can display state profiles, rankings, and information for key demographic groups (e.g., child's age, sex, race and ethnicity, household income, insurance status and type).
  • Diversitydata.org - (Harvard School of Public Health)  - Diversitydata.org allows visitors to explore how metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. perform on a diverse range of social measures that comprise a well-rounded life experience. The site provides access to socioeconomic indicators for metropolitan areas in the form of tables, thematic maps, and customizable reports.
  • EPICenter - California Injury Data Online - (California Department of Health)  - (California Department of Health) Interactive website with fatal and nonfatal injury data for California residents beginning in 1991.
  • EpiQMS - (Pennsylvania Department of Health)  - the Epidemiologic Query and Mapping System (EpiQMS) is an interactive health statistics web site that can produce numbers, rates, graphs, charts, maps, and county profiles using various demographic variables (age, sex, race, etc.) from birth, death, cancer and population datasets for the state of PA and its counties.
  • Florida CHARTS - The Florida Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set (CHARTS) includes such health statistics as births, deaths, disease morbidity, population and behavioral risk factors for the State of Florida.
  • Kaiser state health facts - Provides free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 450 health topics and is linked to both the Kaiser Family Foundation website (www.kff.org) and KaiserNetwork.org (www.kaisernetwork.org).
  • KIDS COUNT State-Level Data Online - (Annie E. Casey Foundation)  - State-level data for over 100 measures of child well-being, including all the measures regularly used in the KIDS COUNT Data Book and The Right Start for America's Newborns. The online database allows you to generate custom reports for a geographic area (Profiles) or to compare geographic areas on a topic.
  • Missouri Information for Community Assessment - (Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services)  - MICA (Missouri Information for Community Assessment) is an interactive, intervention planning system for public health practitioners and community stakeholders. MICA has three primary tools: Data MICA (data and statistics for needs assessment); Priorities MICA (facts and figures to guide priority-setting); and Intervention MICA (information, tools and resources for intervention design, implementation, and evaluation).
  • National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs Data Resource Center - (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (MCHB))  - The Data Resource Center website delivers hands-on access to national, state and regional data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) – the first-ever survey of families sponsored by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
  • National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Data Resource Center - (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (MCHB))  - The Data Resource Center website delivers hands-on access to national, state, and regional data from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) – the second survey of families sponsored by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau designed to complement the 2001 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs by providing data on the health and well-being of the general child population.
  • New Hampshire Health Data Inventory - (New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice)  - Inventory of New Hampshire health data sources and reports.
  • Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council - An independent state agency responsible for addressing the problem of escalating health costs, ensuring the quality of health care, and increasing access for all citizens regardless of ability to pay.
  • PeriStats - Developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center with funding from the National Institutes of Health, PeriStats provides free access to maternal & infant health-related data at the U.S., state, county, and city level.
  • Quick Health Data Online - (Office on Women's Health, HHS (OWH))  - National, regional, state and county data are available by gender, race, ethnicity, and age. You can make your own custom tables, graphs, and maps.
  • Safety Net Monitoring - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Baseline data and tools to help monitor the status of local safety nets in providing health care to low-income and other vulnerable populations.
  • SNAPS: Snap Shots of State Population Data - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - SNAPS provides local-level community profile information nationwide. It can be browsed by county and state and searched by zip code. SNAPS serves as a valuable tool when responding to public health emergency events at the state, Tribal, and local levels.
  • State Data Resources - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - Links to individual state health data sources.
  • State Scorecard - (Commonwealth Fund)  - Interactive U.S. map to view state-specific health system rankings and results compared to benchmarks and the number of lives and dollars each state could save by achieving benchmark levels of performance.
  • State Snapshots - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their State.
  • StatePublicHealth.org - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  - Provides access to directories and hotlines from state-level public health web sites and allows searches of states' sites.
  • Trust for America's Health (Your State's Health) - (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))  - TFAH is a "non-profit, non-partisan organization" dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention. TFAH's Your State's Health resource provides a status report on selected disease (e.g., cancer) and public health preparedness (e.g., bioterroism) tracking at state and local level

Public Health Infrastructure Data

  • Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships - MAPP - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - MAPP is a community-wide strategic planning tool for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leadership, this tool helps communities prioritize public health issues and identify resources for addressing them.
  • National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - National Partnership initiative that has developed National Public Health Performance Standards for state and local public health systems and for public health governing bodies to support performance assessment and systems improvement.
  • Public Health Expenditures - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  - Tools for estimating investments in essential public health services.
  • Public Health Infrastructure Resource Center (PHIRC) - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  - The PHIRC, a searchable gateway to information about the infrastructure of public health systems, provides information on three core areas of infrastructure: public health workforce; information, data, and communication systems; and organizational and systems capacity.
  • State Snapshots - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their State.

Search for Other Tools

  • Gateway to Data and Statistics Site - (HHS Data Council, Department of Health and Human Services)  - This web-based tool brings together key health and human services data and statistics

Tools for Data Collection and Planning

  • AHA Central Office: Clearinghouse for ICD-9-CM & HCPCS codes - (American Hospital Association (AHA))  - Clearinghouse on medical coding for the proper use of the ICD-9-CM systems and Level I HCPCS (CPT-4 codes) for hospital providers and certain Level II HCPCS codes for hospitals, physicians and other health professionals.
  • ColorBrewer - (Pennsylvania State University)  - Online tool designed to help select good color schemes for maps and other graphics.
  • EpiSurveyor - (DataDyne Group)  - EpiSurveyor is a free, open source tool enabling anyone to create a handheld data entry form, collect data on a mobile device, and then transfer the data back to a desktop or laptop for analysis.
  • HRET Disparities Toolkit - (Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET))  - 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.
  • Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships - MAPP - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - MAPP is a community-wide strategic planning tool for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leadership, this tool helps communities prioritize public health issues and identify resources for addressing them.
  • National Electronic Disease Surveillance System - NEDSS - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The NEDSS Base System provides a platform upon which modules can be built to meet state and program area data needs as well as providing a secure, accurate and efficient way for collecting and processing data.
  • NCHS Research Data Center (RDC) - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - Provides secure access to health and vital statistics information collected by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data systems, while continuing to protect the confidentiality of the respondents and records. Researchers and scientists must submit a proposal to access data.
  • Public Health Information Network - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Public Health Information Network is designed to enable consistent exchange of response, health, and disease tracking data between public health entities. PHIN is composed of five key components: detection and monitoring, data analysis, knowledge management, alerting, and response.
  • SurvCost - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Tool to help public health officials estimate the cost of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) systems at national, region/province, district, and health facility levels. SurvCost may also be of use to managers of other disease surveillance systems who wish to estimate their costs.
  • TranStat - (Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS))  - The TranStat tool enables field personnel and researchers to enter and revise data from infectious disease outbreaks. TranStat determines the probability of human-to-human (or animal-to-animal) transmission. If transmission is detected, estimates of the household-specific and neighborhood-specific secondary attack rates and local reproductive number are provided.
  • Unique Records Portfolio - (Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII))  - Resource to help public health practitioners and private providers tackle the challenges of “deduplication”. The Portfolio provides insights and strategies for the systematic identification, matching, and merging of records in an information system to create an accurate, unique health record for each individual.
  • WHO Child Growth Standards - (World Health Organization (WHO))  - The site presents documentation on how the growth standards were developed using data collected in the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study as well as application tools to support implementation of the standards.