Data.Medicare.Gov was the first federal Open Data site to offer a rich interactive experience for exploring data online. It is a resource for the public, health policy researchers and the media to access data about important health related topics, such as Hospital Compare, Dialysis Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Nursing Homes and Medical Equipment Suppliers.
All of the above information was available online, and all but the actual inspection reports quoted above can currently be found at data.medicare.gov, the new portal for CMS’ “Nursing Home Compare” datasets. While the information was available online previously, it is now much easier to view, sort, filter and download. Similar datasets are also posted for hospitals, home health agencies, dialysis facilities and medical equipment suppliers.
Sarah Dorsey, Sunlight Foundation