The CMS Data Navigator

Report
The CMS Data Navigator
Marc Wynne, Senior Advisor
Office of Enterprise Management
CMS
The Problem
Finding data on CMS.gov can be
challenging:
• Data are often difficult to locate
• Search engine functionality has
historically been limited
• Users must regularly wade through
multiple pages of results
• Once found, web links to data sets are
sometimes broken
• This experience frustrates researchers,
stakeholders, and CMS employees alike
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Recent Improvements
Recent changes in the CMS and HHS web space has
improved access to CMS data, but there is still room for
improvement:
An improved, Google-like search engine makes
searching for specific topics faster, but finding
specific data/information remains challenging.
Includes only select data on the Medicare
program such as Hospital and Nursing Home
Compare, survey results (CAHPS, HCAHPS,
HHCAPHS), and quality.
Includes only a subset of data found on
CMS.Gov.
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The Solution
The CMS Data Navigator: Connecting People with Data
The Data Navigator was designed in response to the frustration and
complaints expressed by our stakeholders to improve access to CMS data.
Key Themes and Overarching Goals
Access to Data
Customer Service and Responsiveness
Stakeholder Experience
Transparency
Transformation
Stakeholders
Researchers
Policy Makers
CMS /HHS/ Federal Agencies
General Public
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Data Navigator A B C’s
Locate
Search
Data Files
CMS .Gov
STAKEHOLDERS
Reports/Papers/
Chart Books
Review
External Sites
Characteristics
• Simple, Point-and-Click Interface
• Supports Basic or Advanced Keyword Searches
• Valuable to All Users - Novice to Expert
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Data Navigator Do’s and Don’ts
What Navigator Does
What Navigator Doesn't Do
 Simplifies Searches

Compromise Privacy (PHI)
 Connects People with Data

Compromise Security
Supports CMS Data and

Supersede or Replace
Data Access Requirements

Replace Medicare.Data.Gov
or Health.Data.Gov
 Information Infrastructure
 Reduces Administrative
Burden (FOIA)
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Data Navigator Vision
CMS
DATA
CMS
WEBSITES
EXTERNAL
WEBSITES
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Data Navigator Vision
CMS
DATA
CMS
WEBSITES
EXTERNAL
WEBSITES
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Demonstration
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