The Chicago Health Atlas a place where you can view citywide information about health trends and take action near you to improve your own health.
We display large amounts of data from sources like the City of Chicago and local hospitals so you can get big-picture views of health outcomes in Chicago.
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Here’s a look at a neighborhood page showing demographics and other info at a glance:
The Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute is the primary funder of the Chicago Health Atlas project. Additional funds were made available from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project Public Computer Centers grant.
We work with the Chicago Department of Public Health and five local hospitals through Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension (CHITREC) to visualize statistics related to public health along with anonymized diagnoses, medications, and laboratory tests as provided by local healthcare institutions.
We contract with the team at Purple Binder to provide an API into their directory of thousands of health, social service, education, and other locations throughout the city. This is the source of all of the data displayed on our neighborhood resources pages (Archer Heights, for example).
- The Chicago Health Atlas project was presented at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) National Symposium here in Chicago on November 6
- The project (or more specifically, our zip codes) were featured on the GitHub blog: There’s a map for that. This post led to 175 forks and counting
Jim Alexander is the Executive Director of the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute. His thinking about health information has been critical to the direction of this project.
Early on in the project, we worked with a number of academics and research institutions on the provision of de-identified patient data.
Dr. Sims is Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Sims’ leads the data warehouse/analytics team, clinical decision support, meaningful use, and quality measurement efforts at Rush. Dr. Sims has extensive research experience in informatics topics including quality measurement, public health informatics, and care coordination. He serves as the Rush site lead for the Chicago Health Atlas, where he and his investigative team contribute patient data.
Dr. Hota is a practicing physician at Cook County Health & Hospitals System with extensive research experience in infectious disease epidemiology. His investigative team has contributed data to the Chicago Health Atlas project.
Dr. Meltzer is the Lead Investigator for the Chicago Health Atlas at the University of Chicago. He is a practicing physician at with a rich history of research in health economics and outcomes research in the inpatient setting. His investigative team has contributed data to the Chicago Health Atlas project.
Early in the planning process, we recognized the need to maintain the anonymity of the patients, as well as the care providers, while retaining patient uniqueness. Dr. Malin’s expertise was critical to advise and audit the development process of re-identification risk. Dr. Malin has compared the performance of the hashing and matching software across institutions using the gold standard of an internal Enterprise Master Patient Index used for routine clinical care. He continues to audit and oversee aspects of data collection and maintenance according to HIPAA and IRB regulations.
We partnered with Northwestern University in order to conduct research on the Chicago Health Atlas.
Here’s all blog posts we’ve published about this project:
- Health Data Ecosystem is Strengthened by Purple Binder’s Adoption of Open Referral
- Launch of Chicago Health Atlas 3.0
- Kyla Williams on WBEZ Tech Shift, Talking Chicago Health Atlas
- Complete Data Set of Medicare Payments to Doctors and Suppliers in Chicago
- The New Chicago Health Atlas
- Health Datapalooza: Deep dive into health data