U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Chief Information Officer (Acting): Perryn Ashmore

Aggregating Datasets for Healthier Outcomes

The whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic demands data sharing in near-real time. At Health & Human Services, four principles drive this work: transparency, sharing, privacy, security.

The HHS Protect Public Data Hub (protect-public.hhs.gov) provides high-quality, accessible, and timely information for entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers to help drive insights and better health outcomes for all.

The Data Hub supplements healthdata.gov — the home of HHS open data — with non-government datasets from academia, non-profit organizations, industry, hospitals, and facilities reporting from all 50 states and territories.

Healthdata.gov says it is “dedicated to making high value health data more accessible to entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers in the hopes of better health outcomes for all.”

Anyone can search datasets on HealthData.gov. On the site, data can be found on a wide range of topics, including environmental health, medical devices, Medicare & Medicaid, social services, community health, mental health, and substance abuse.

The data is collected and supplied from agencies from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as state partners. Included are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, among others.

The site is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Data Officer.