Chicago Health Atlas

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.

If you are a health data provider and would like to take part in this project, please complete this form and we will contact you right away!

Chicago Health Atlas Homepage, June 2013 Launch

Here’s a look at a neighborhood page showing demographics and other info at a glance:

Chicago Health Atlas Neighborhood Party, June 2013 Launch


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).




Direct media inquiries to Dan O’Neil, (773) 960-6045, Here’s the site logo mark and full logo in png format. You can also download the logo mark in full logo in eps format.


Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute Executive Director Jim Alexander Discusses the Issue Lead Poisoning and the Chicago Health Atlas Project
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.

Daniel X. O'Neil, Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative
Daniel X. O’Neil has worked on the strategy and technology development.

K. Williams Professional
Kyla Williams is the Program Officer for the Smart Chicago Collaborative and directly manages the Chicago Atlas Project.

Rob Paral of Rob Paral and Associates is the Data Manager and his primary role is to work with new data partners to get aggregate health data and point-level health care locations onto the Atlas.

Derek Eder, Consultant/ Technology Developer, Smart Chicago Collaborative
Derek Eder of Data Made is the technology lead for this project. He’s lead us through a number of mapping iterations and created the data model for handling this complex and varied health data.

Early on in the project, we worked with a number of academics and research institutions on the provision of de-identified patient data.

Rush University Medical Center

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.

Stroger Hospital / Cook County Health & Hospitals System

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.

University of Illinois-Chicago

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.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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.

Northwestern University

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: