Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cost of getting sick

Ben Fry, Director of Seed Visualization, explains the work his team is doing to create visualization tools that make draw on GEs vast collection of six million patient records.

To gain a deeper understanding of healthcare costs, GE combined the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) with 500K records from GE's proprietary database. By combining MEPS with GE's data, we gain a more complete picture of the costs associated with chronic conditions. Drag the slider to view different ages, and click the pie wedges for each disease.

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About this data The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage. This application was downloaded from GE's web site here: All content on their site GE (including, without limitation, text, design, graphics, logos, icons, images, audio clips, downloads, interfaces, code and software, as well as the selection and arrangement thereof), is the exclusive property of and owned by GE, its licensors or its content providers and is protected by copyright, trademark and other applicable laws. You may access, copy, download and print the material contained on the site for your personal and non-commercial use, provided you do not modify or delete any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notice that appears on the material you access, copy, download or print. Any other use of content on the site, including but not limited to the modification, distribution, transmission, performance, broadcast, publication, uploading, licensing, reverse engineering, transfer or sale of, or the creation of derivative works from, any material, information, software, products or services obtained from the site, or use of the site for purposes competitive to GE, is expressly prohibited.

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