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New Interactive Tool: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

Just launched through a collaboration of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker is an “online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system” and how well it’s doing in terms of cost and quality.

Initially, the Tracker can be used to show trends in national health expenditures, charting data to answer questions such as these:

  • How much does the U.S. spend to treat different diseases?
  • How has health spending changed over time?
  • How do U.S. healthcare prices and use compare to other countries?
  • What is behind the recent slowdown in health spending?
  • How does cost affect access to care?
  • How do mortality rates in the U.S. compare to other countries?

The charts created interactively can be shared or embedded on a web site.

 

Sources:

Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker: Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health System. http://www.healthsystemtracker.org

Kaiser Family Foundation news release, Apr. 1, 2015. http://kff.org/health-costs/press-release/new-interactive-tool-allows-users-to-explore-trends-in-us-health-spending-and-share-custom-made-charts/

Related source: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Health System Measurement Project. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, accessed Apr. 1, 2015 at https://healthmeasures.aspe.hhs.gov/

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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