By: Aman Bhandari
The debut of HealthData.gov has provided an exciting new way for innovators and entrepreneurs to access and utilize federal health related datasets. We are extremely excited to see other organizations follow suit and put health data resources online. We are thrilled to see the launch of the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx). Here is an introductory post about GHDx from Peter Speyer, director of data development at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Global Health Data Exchange launches today
By: Peter Speyer, IHME
Launching today, the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) is a new data catalog for demographic, public health and global health data. It was developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The GHDx is our user-friendly and searchable data catalog for global health, demographic, and other health-related datasets. It provides detailed information about datasets ranging from censuses and surveys to health records and vital statistics, globally. The GHDx features powerful search tools and multiple ways to browse global health data. It also serves as a platform for data owners to share their data with the public. All of IHME’s search results are available on the platform, and IHME invites others to distribute their data through the GHDx. As a launch partner, the CDC’s Reproductive Health Unit is making the microdata from their Reproductive Health Survey series available for download on the GHDx.
Working with large amounts of health data, we at IHME know how difficult it is to identify, find, and get access to health-related data. We were very excited about the launch of HealthData.gov with information about and direct access to U.S. Government health data. We are using U.S. Government data ranging from surveys like BRFSS and NHANES to HCUP databases and USAID-funded international research, and we will be active participants in HealthData.gov’s community. With the GHDx, we are creating a platform that provides transparency and (increasingly) access to health-related data in a global context. Both platforms are good examples of the current trend toward open data. Health-related data, used as evidence for policy and decision-making, can have a tremendous impact on the health of people and populations, if they are made broadly available. In that context, HealthData.gov and the GHDx are complementary (and complimentary) offerings. Let us know how they are helpful for you, and how we can further improve them.