A new Web-based research application from the Department of Health and Human Services will aid consumers, provider organizations and policymakers in accessing data to monitor and measure performance of the health care system.

The Health System Measurement Project collects data from datasets from across the federal government. The data cover such areas as access to care, cost and affordability, prevention, and health information technology.

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The system can present measurements, or indicators, by such characteristics as age, sex, income level, insurance coverage and geography, according to HHS. Results can be compared with regional, state or national trends. A user, for instance, could track unnecessary hospitalizations by region or ethnic group. Users can link back to original data sources.

More information is available at https://healthmeasures.aspe.hhs.gov/.

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