Source:1574JoNel Aleccia; Joanne Faryon; Christopher Weaver; Alison Young
Affiliation:The Seattle Times; KPBS; the Wall Street Journal; USA TODAY
The American health care system gathers up vast reams of data in its routine operations: Billing records, public health statistics, inspection reports, and hospitals’ financial data. In recent years, much more of that data has become available to the public—and probing reporters looking for a window into the practices and performance of health care institutions, medical providers and government agencies. Three veteran reporters explain how they’ve tapped emerging sources of data for insights that informed reporting projects, and how you can too. The session will cover the expanding universe of Medicare billing records now available from the federal agency; sources of state and county level data on medical care and public health efforts; and safety data covering drugs and facility inspections. Beyond outlining where to find the data and statistics you need in a fast changing ecosystem, reporters will deliver tips on how to put that information to work in building story ideas, achieving reporting goals and framing anecdote in broader context.