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Innovative Web Practices Examples

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Below are innovative Web examples that can help state health departments build new and modify existing Web-based data query systems. Selected examples show innovation for mapping, integrated data visualization and display, and symbolic data display.

Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare: Understanding of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Health Care System

Provides information and data for hospitals and affiliated physicians by various regions, hospital, and topic. Provides information such as physician capacity, reimbursements, hospital data, and benchmarking.

European Community Health Indicators

This interactive website houses a vast amount of community health data for European countries. With help from the Health in Europe: Information and Data Interface (HEIDI) data tool users can plot health indicator data and analyze the differences between countries. Links to various social networking outlets are also integrated into the site


Includes moving-over time graphics, and displays gaps between and within countries on wide variety of indicators. Moving over-time graphs permits choice of indicators for x-y axes. Mouse-over data points for maps and graphs.

Health Improvement Dashboard

Multi-step population health dashboard comparing different sub-national areas on national health targets, with access to printable graphs and tables.

Health Matters in San Francisco

Health dashboard with county and zip code level data, drill-downs to over-time and race/ethnicity data.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Data Mapper

Users can select and compare data across countries, regions, and groups, using the world map or a pull-down menu. Displays the selected data in chart form, and the map and charts are interactive. Data can be printed or exported to other applications in the form of chart or map images.

Interactive Cancer Atlas

U.S. cancer statistics with an integrated data display that includes a state-level map, graph, and table. Display also provides time trends.

Kaiser Family Foundation: 50 State Comparisons

This site provides data on many aspects of health for all 50 states, including health status, health care access and insurance coverage, health costs, and minority health. User has the ability to choose a topic, and then compare one state against another state, or to the US as a whole. The site's "comparing" capabilities provides maps, charts, and graphs, is very interactive, and is pleasing to the eye. The site also provides individual state health profiles.

Panel of Health Indicators for the Americas

Attractive and easy-to-use interactive panels providing users with choices of basic and communicable disease indicators for all countries in the Americas. Includes simple interactive maps, over-time graphs, and country comparison graphs, all with mouse-over data points. Also includes a table generator.

Patchwork Nation

County-level U.S. maps on many topics. There is an option to display and compare data for two different years on the same map. Data can be categorized by "community-type," a scheme developed by PBS for these maps.