WHIO Adds Radiology Dashboard to Atlas of Health Care

August 29, 2016

WHIO announces Radiology Dashboard that allows users to examine high cost radiology services in more robust detail, including MRI, ultrasound, CAT scan, and nuclear medicine.

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) has introduced a Radiology Dashboard to its interactive user tool, the WHIO Atlas of Health Care in Wisconsin, that allows users to examine high cost radiology services in more robust detail, including MRI, ultrasound, CAT scan, and nuclear medicine. 

The Atlas utilizes WHIO’s All Payers Claims Database (APCD) to graphically portray regional practice patterns as a means for all health care stakeholders to understand differences in care delivery and to identify best practices. Previous editions of the Atlas only looked at radiology services in aggregate.

Says WHIO CEO Jo Musser, “Six years ago WHIO and the Wisconsin Medical Society brought together other health care stakeholders to explore resource use variation using WHIO data. The Radiology Dashboard is an important step forward for us in developing actionable data for those users who want to dig deeper into specific areas to improve.”

The new Atlas radiology dashboard, the first of its kind, gives users the ability to map out the geographically-based relative resource use of each of the afore-mentioned radiology services individually, by regions of the state and county. The dashboard also enables users to break out radiology services by anatomical part scanned.

“This enhancement to the WHIO Atlas is a significant advance for anyone who wishes to identify geographically-based clinical practice variation for high end radiology services. As we all seek to improve the value of care that Wisconsin citizens receive, the WHIO Atlas has become an essential tool in this effort,” says former Dean Chief Medical Officer Mark Kaufman, MD.

Additional dashboards, allowing a more granular look at other specific health care services, are planned to further support WHIO's mission to improve the quality, efficiency and affordability of health care for residents of Wisconsin. 

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. Its All Payers Claims Database (APCD) is one of the most comprehensive in the nation, including commercial, Medicaid, Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage insurance claims. WHIO’s APCD covers more than 84 percent of Wisconsin’s population, representing $115B in billed charges.