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NHI open data service Web site launch unveiled

MOST REQUESTED:The top data sets downloaded in the first week were diseases covered by the NHI, medicines covered by the NHI and accepted claims

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The National Health Insurance (NHI) Administration yesterday announced that it launched a National Health Insurance open data service Web site on Thursday last week, which gives the public access to six categories of data.

The agency said that as open data has become a trend, it had created an open data service platform at data.nhi.gov.tw.

The platform aims to publish information closely related to people’s rights, so that academics, industries and individuals can use the data for value-added applications, as well as improving their self-care knowledge, it said.

Data are presented in six categories — statistics, accepted insurance, medical affairs management, healthcare quality, medical devices and other data.

Three hundred and fifty-five data sets and two data visualizations — the distribution of healthcare quality improvement hospitals and supplementary information on the insurance premiums of vulnerable populations — are included.

The agency said 275 data sets are related to healthcare quality, such as repeated hospitalization or treatment for the same disease at the same hospital, follow-ups of diabetes patients, therapeutic duplication rates of traditional herbal medicines and organ transplant patient survival rates.

One week since the launch of the platform, the three data sets that ranked top according to the number of downloads were diseases covered by the National Health Insurance System, statistics on accepted National Health Insurance claims and medicines covered by the National Health Insurance System.

The agency said it would continue to improve the span and variety of the data provided on the platform, as well as enhance its cooperation with local governments, the technology industry and civic groups to make more value-added use of the data.

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