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Medicompare

by Neel Mehta and Allison Kao for Coding it Forward

We've built a web app that helps patients to compare the costs of medical procedures at hospitals in their region. By making hidden healthcare costs more transparent, we're empowering citizens to take a stand on their health and wallet.

Live demo

See the app live at http://medicompare.herokuapp.com!

Setup

Just run:

npm install
npm install -g nodemon

Running

Ensure you have Nodemon installed, then run:

nodemon

Then visit http://localhost:3000.

Screenshots

New York: Example search in New York

Silicon Valley: Example search in San Jose

Example procedures to search

Procedure Zip City Comments
069 - TRANSIENT ISCHEMIA 10010 New York Shows suburb-city split
870 - SEPTICEMIA OR SEVERE SEPSIS W MV 96+ HOURS 02110 Boston Local example
853 - INFECTIOUS & PARASITIC DISEASES W O.R. PROCEDURE W MCC 10010 New York More expensive version of Ischemia
178 - RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS & INFLAMMATIONS W CC 82001 Cheyenne, WY More expensive & less choice in rural areas
195 - SIMPLE PNEUMONIA & PLEURISY W/O CC/MCC 06501 New Haven, CT University hospitals more expensive
207 - RESPIRATORY SYSTEM DIAGNOSIS W VENTILATOR SUPPORT 96+ HOURS 95101 San Jose Most expensive procedures, stark regional cost differences

Data

We used a dataset of over 160,000 medical procedures from across the country, compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You'll find it in the /data folder.

Technologies

  • Node.js & Express
  • SQLite
  • Gulp
  • D3
  • Bootstrap
  • jQuery
  • SCSS

About Coding it Forward

Coding it Forward is an alliance of young people passionate about using their technology skills for social good. A big part of this is empowering consumers, improving healthcare, and bringing medicine into the digital age.

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