Back in 2002 I was asked to make a hospital-level report card for a couple dozen hospitals in New York on some Pneumonia measures. Seemed like a fun project, and it went off without a hitch. Since then I have descended into the seven levels of hell* known as the United States health care data universe. I’ve waded through claims data, gotten mired in discharges, homed in on HMO quality, unearthed mountains and mountains of data and made not a few people unhappy with a relentless pursuit to find some commonality and standard by which we can store and publish health care performance data.
All along the way, my sole goal has been to commoditise the data. It shouldn’t be this hard, it shouldn’t be this complicated, and it shouldn’t cost a million dollars every time someone wants to do some research.
IPRO has stuck by me the whole way, and we’ve built an amazing, dedicated team along the road. Last week, at the NAHDO annual meeting we finally got to show off the very beginning of the fruits of our labours: Pellucid.
Pellucid is a concept of data that allows us to store any measure from any facility or provider in the same way. It allows us to cross-reference providers from different payer sources. It hopefully catapults public reporting and research efforts by months – maybe years – for any given project.
So far we have acquired and analysed 11 million rows of data on the US health care system, and the bulk of it is now publicly available at http://pellucid.ipro.org
Let me say that again.
We have acquired and analysed 11 million rows of data on the US health care system, and the bulk of it is now publicly available at http://pellucid.ipro.org
Man, that feels good. More data is coming (if you have some, please let us know), and coupled with our HIT efforts we stand ready to process the coming flood of data from electronic health records for up-to-the-minute performance reporting.
I will probably be blogging a lot less here, and will be switching to the Pellucid blog at least until it’s steady on it’s feet, so please join me there. And stay tuned for this summer’s work load to be released publicly: we have an amazing interactive flash app covering a whole bunch of data in Illinois; an atlas of US health care about to hit WhyNotTheBest.org; a new HAF report card – and of course more data on more providers.
If you feel like funding us, please give us a call…
*Technically it’s seven layers of purgatory – hell has nine levels.