Dr. David Vandenberg shows a digital slide on his computer screen of a patients MRI showing the infected area of the spine, due to a contaminated steroid infection, at the Fungal Outbreak Clinic at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan December 21, 2012. St. Joseph Mercy -- a 537-bed Catholic hospital located on the doorstep of the University of Michigan -- has played an outsized role in the fight against one of the largest fungal meningitis outbreaks in US history, treating 169 of the state's 223 cases, including 7 people who died.
Opening the ‘Black Box’ of Health Care Data
December 4, 2014,
Recent efforts by Medicare have made health data increasingly accessible to providers, health plans, and consumers. In fact, providers have released millions and millions of lines of data on physician payments, prescribing patterns, and geographic distribution of health care costs. But how helpful is this information to the everyday health care consumer?