Extending the impact of open data about health care facilities
People have been using Yelp to find hotels and restaurants for years. Now, they can make more informed decisions about hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers, too. As part of a new consumer protection initiative, government health data has become integrated into the Yelp review pages for all of these facilities. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yelp-propublica-hospital-reviews_55df4880e4b0e7117ba923fe
To pull this off, Yelp is collaborating with the award-winning nonprofit news organization ProPublica to show you which health care facilities are safe, fast and well-run.
Yelp already had user reviews on all of these facilities, as well as huge amounts of data on which bike stores and bookshops and car-battery suppliers its users prefer. Now, ProPublica is providing Yelp with cleaned-up data originally released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data in question was already available as part of ProPublica's news apps, including its dialysis tracker, its nursing home inspector and its emergency room wait watcher. But this partnership will expose the data to a much bigger audience. According to Yelp itself, 83 million unique visitors per month use Yelp through their mobile devices.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yelp-propublica-hospital-reviews_55df4880e4b0e7117ba923fe