- US Department of Veterans Affairs seeks to be the most transparent agency in government. Data on opioid dispensing rates by facility, available as an interactive map, contributed to reduced prescription rates across the country.
- De-identified data on cardiac surgery outcomes led to improvements in mortality in New York hospitals. (Martin, et al, JAMA, 2014).
- Public availability of restaurant inspection data have led to reductions in foodborne disease hospitalizations and critical violations. The city of Chicago partnered with industry volunteers to design a predictive model based on public datasets used to identify food providers most likely to fail inspections, enabling inspectors to target inspections on the highest risk establishments. They are now developing predictive models to reduce tobacco use, lead poisoning and rodent infestations.
- New York State began making data on student weight status available through a portal in 2014. An evaluation showed that the state officials cut in half the two year time frame for producing district-level reports, and reduced from 15 to 10 months, time needed to prepare and analyze the data. Approval for data release dropped from 4 to 2 months.
These and other examples can be found in an excellent guide,
In Plain Sight: Is Open Data Improving Our Health? California Healthcare Foundation, January 2015.