WHIO Introduces Online, Interactive Atlas of Health Care in Wisconsin

October 01, 2015

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization proudly announces an enhanced, online, interactive 2nd edition of the WHIO Atlas of Health Care in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) proudly announces an enhanced 2nd edition of the WHIO Atlas of Health Care in Wisconsin. Building on the 1st (print) edition of the Atlas, published in March, 2015, the enhanced 2nd edition is an easily accessible, online, interactive tool to help better understand geographically-based practice variation as a means to achieve the highest quality of care at the most appropriate cost. It is available at www.wisconsinhealthinfo.org.

“Creating an online, interactive edition of the WHIO Atlas is the next step in WHIO’s on-going efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin,” said WHIO CEO Josephine Musser. “The tremendous value of WHIO’s vast All-Payer Claims Database is revealed through the Atlas and other analytic tools that WHIO provides. Identifying variation presents an opportunity to understand differences in care delivery, and, thereby, a means to identify best practices, improve quality and lower costs,” Musser said.

Complementing the national reporting of the landmark Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, the Wisconsin Atlas uses the robust WHIO health care claims database to map out geographically-based relative resource use (Resource Use Index) by Regions in the State of Wisconsin, County, and Zip Code. The Atlas allows one to understand the major components driving resource use (Emergency Department, Hospital, Laboratory, Primary Care, Radiology, and Specialty Care) in any specific region. The current WHIO claims database includes commercial, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage insurance claims. The Dartmouth Atlas uses only Medicare fee-for-service claims.

The enhanced 2nd Edition of the WHIO Atlas includes a Measure Type filter. Measure Type is a term used to describe the different costs and indices across the Atlas. The Measure Type filter enables users to select between Total Standard Cost (Total Resource use), Peer Standard Cost (Peer Expected Resource use), Standard Cost Index (Resource Use Index), the Peer Standard Cost Index (Peer expected Resource Use Index) and the Overall Standard Cost Index (Overall Resource Use index). Interactivity allows selection by Region, County and Zip code.

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality, affordability, safety and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin.