By Matt Staver, WSJ EditorMatt StaverPublished Feb 19, 2019 12:17:01The National Institutes of Health has released its National Data Portal for the 2018-2019 biennium, which includes more than 10 million data points from a variety of sources including the CDC, state and local governments, and health insurers.
Its goal is to make it easier for the public to track and understand the state of the health of the nation.
Here’s what you need to know about how the portal works.
How do I get the data?
The portal is hosted on the NIH’s website, and it’s accessible at nhs.gov/portal.
For the most part, it includes the latest CDC data, including the most recent biennial influenza season, the most-recent influenza season in any state, and data on how many cases and deaths have been reported in that state.
It also includes state-level data for all infectious diseases, including coronavirus, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.
You can search for the data by state or county.
It’s best to start with the most current data.
What are the sources of data?
Nurses, physicians, nurses’ aides, public health workers, and public health departments are the biggest sources of information for state-by-state statistics.
Other sources include state and regional medical examiners, state health departments, and national data.
You might have seen the names of states in the portal: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In some states, you might also see some of the names that state health officials use to refer to themselves in the data: the American Red Cross, American Red Crescent Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes for Health.
What do I do if I have questions?
You can reach out to the portal’s FAQs page to get answers to common questions.
In some cases, you can also get in touch with state or local health departments for assistance.
If you have specific questions, you should contact them directly.
If you’re having trouble accessing the data, the NIH offers a website with answers to commonly asked questions, and you can download a free tool that lets you download the data from the NIH portal.
You should also follow the advice of the National Council on the Status of Women (NCSW) on how to use the data to improve health and the economy.
If your state is not included, the NCSW recommends that you contact the states that have them.
What happens if I don’t like the data I get?
You should be able to find a number of ways to access and edit the data.
You can find more information at ncsw.org.
You can also send the data directly to the CDC.
The portal also offers links to other data sources.
Here are a few of our favorites:State and local health department data, state or regional medical examsiners, public-health agencies, and other government entities are not included in the CDC’s national data, but you can find out what data they have on your state by visiting ncdc.gov.
If your state doesn’t have data for a particular disease, state data on the most prevalent type of the disease can also be found at ncdcs.gov and you’ll see a link to a map that shows all the states with that disease.
The data also includes data from a wide range of sources, including federal agencies, academic institutions, universities, the Department of Defense, and state and federal health departments.
If the data is not readily available or you need assistance, the CDC recommends that patients get tested and seek additional medical attention if needed.