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Health Care Websites
Alliance for Health Reform
While this site opens up to the Health Reform page, check out the issue links in the left menu for topics, such as Mental Health, Quality of Care, Racial and Ethnic Disparities, and State Health Issues.
Also explore the links at the top: Briefings, Resources, Issues, etc.
Business of Medicine from Medscape News
"Medscape from WebMD offers ... health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. After a simple, 1-time, free registration, Medscape from WebMD automatically delivers to you a personalized specialty site that best fits your registration profile." (Quote is from the website itself.)
In addition to the resources available on the opening page of this website, check out the links near the top, such as Topics, Maps & Data, Surveys, and Innovations.
County Health Rankings
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this website provides detailed information at the county level in four health factors: personal behavior, clinical care, socioeconomic factors, and the physical environment. It also reports health outcomes statistics.
Health Care on the GovSpot.com Website
A brief overview of the health care sytem in the U.S. followed by a list of links to health care resources and related organizations.
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts
This site "provides free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the United States, counties, territories, and other geographies. State Health Facts is comprised of more than 800 health indicators and provides users with the ability to map, rank, trend, and download data. Data come from a variety of public and private sources, including Kaiser Family Foundation reports, public websites, government surveys and reports, and private organizations." (Quote is from the website itself.)
World Health Organization (WHO)
"WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends." (Quote is from the website itself.)
The resources below have mapping features and are also excellent resources on a wide variety of health care topics.
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice researches and reports on U.S. health care. Their customizable maps use Medicare data sets to create reports and maps on a variety of health topics.
Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)
This for-profit organization utilizes GIS (geographic information systems technology) to solve social problems. Its health and human services division includes case studies, podcasts, demonstrations, and other relevant resources.
State Health Facts
The Kaiser Family Foundation has an easy-to-use interface that produces maps or lists of state-level data on a wide variety of health data and demographics. Comparisons among states or between federal and state data are possible.
A private foundation devoted to promoting and improving health care for America's vulnerable populations. Their health system data center has an interactive map which compares state rankings on a number of quality benchmarks.
Evaluation of Internet Sites
Remember to evaluate the information you find when searching the Internet. Not all Internet sites are trustworthy or appropriate to use as research sources. If you have any concerns about the credibility of an Internet site, consult your instructor or a librarian for evaluation assistance.
Electronic Health Records/Information Technology
Health Quality and Comparative Effectiveness
American Hospital Association (AHA)
The AHA provides a wealth of information on U.S. hospitals including performance improvement, research, and advocacy.
ASHRM: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
The ASHRM "is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association ... representing risk management, patient safety, insurance, law, finance and other related professions." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
A part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, “the Baldrige Program is the nation's public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence.” One of its main focus areas is to "identify and share best management practices, principles, and strategies.” (Quotes are from the website itself.)
Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP)
This private nonprofit organization works to improve the process for developing reliable information about the costs, risks, and benefits of new medical technologies.
Effective Health Care Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
As part of the AHRQ mission "to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans," the Effective Health Care Program produces research reviews, original research reports, and research summaries. (Quote is from the website itself.)
Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI)
The ECRI is a nonprofit organization which uses applied scientific research to evaluate medical procedures, processes, drugs, and devices toward the ultimate goal of improved patient care.
The Joint Commission
After registering, you are able to download performance measures for multiple quality measures in eight disease or condition areas. The site also allows you to search for Joint Commission accredited organizations.
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
This national nonprofit organization focuses on improving health care quality.
National Quality Forum (NQF)
A nonprofit organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting. It reviews, endorses, and recommends quality measures.
Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs)
This page from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ website provides information on, and links to, the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “The mission of the QIO Program is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries.” (Quote is from the website itself.)