The goal of our project was to create data visualizations (interactive graphs, maps, and charts) to help consumers understand the multiple types of publicly-available health data on the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) website.
We focused on four main components:
For some perspective, when the partnership began in 2015, we focused primarily on data to help consumers evaluate services of New York State's managed care plans. As work progressed, the team expanded the scope to include new datasets, such as statistics about birth and death records.
Each phase of the project employed student teams in CTG UAlbany's Student Technology Innovations Lab Experience program.
In 2015, CTG UAlbany funded a summer lab of five students under the direction of Derek Werthmuller and Jim Costello to work with the NYSDOH Office of Quality and Patient Safety and Public Affairs Group.
The specific goals were:
In 2016, a new group of interns joined the CTG UAlbany Student Technology Innovations Lab Experience (STILE) program to expand on the work. The new team improved and built on the visualizations to show what could be done with publicly available data. They presented their work to officials from NYSDOH.
The project was supported by Funding opportunity Number PR-PRP-13-001 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medical Services.
The content of this project is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of HHS, HHS agencies, HRI or the Project Sponsor.