Healthcare should not be a black box! In our age of information, we have a plethora of tools to help us compare prices and reviews of restaurants, cars, homes just to name a few â€“ but healthcare still remains a black box for too many people. Black Box gives the public a peek inside healthcare by enabling them to quickly and easily identify trends in and compare hospital costs, procedures, and quality. They can use Black Box to select a hospital for care, observe trends, and identify major gaps and issues.
Black Box hosts three innovative visualizations: 1) an interactive bubble graph to explore procedural trends (characterized by average price, range, and procedure type), 2) a map of hospitals and their characteristics to explore geospatial trends (colored by quality), and 3) a scatter chart of hospital cost versus quality to dive deeper into a specific procedure and zip code. Each visualization starts at a higher level and allows the user to interact with the data points to learn more about the hospitals and procedures in a pop up window.
Multiple data sets from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were used to create Black Box. In addition to the inpatient and outpatient Medicare pricing data from the competition, Black Box integrates data on hospital quality (patient experience, clinical process, and overall performance), hospital characteristics (type, ownership, and number of discharges) and contact information (address and phone number) as references.