Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

Topic/focus: Healthcare Facilities and Services, Cost and Utilization
Year(s): Varies depending on interest
Source: Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Study and sample characteristics: Maps, summary tables, and graphs based on Medicare data
Universe: Medicare population alive, aged 65 - 99 and not enrolled in risk-bearing HMO
Variables: Varies depending on interest
Access: Publically available, various online tools to generate custom reports
Cost: Free
Key web links: Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (tchelius@mcw.edu)

Summary: For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. These reports and the research upon which they are based have helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts, and others improve their understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of our health care system. This valuable data forms the foundation for many of the ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America. This website provides access to all Atlas reports and publications, as well as interactive tools to allow visitors to view specific regions and perform their own comparisons and analyses.