Counting Costs Concisely

It’s interesting to think about the large role numbers play in how we care for our health. An example is found in HCUPnet, a database developed and maintained by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, which gathers operational data on hospitals across the country. The data is useful for researching disease treatments, procedure use, insurance status, and patient demographics. That research can then be used to determine fund allocation and potential facility improvement.

 

AHRQ's HCUPnet

Making a New Design for Increased Use and an Expanding Database

As the information provided by the database continued to grow, and subsequently the number of groups accessing the database increased, the need for HCUPnet to undergo a redesign arose. When WebFirst was first contracted, our team of designers and web developers set to work immediately. The aims of the project focused on a complete redesign of the front-end design based around our user-centered design principles.

 

Making a New Design for Increased Use and an Expanding Database

A Powerful Feature-Rich and User-Friendly Experience

A Powerful Feature-Rich and User-Friendly Experience

While designing the look and feel of the user interface, we ensured that the current templates of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HCUPnet’s sponsor organization, were utilized. The result is an overall sleek, uniform look that flows from one system to the next. Finally, the WebFirst team assisted with features such as graphing ability, statistic analysis, styling and layout tools, additional active analytical tools, and a new user-friendly tutorial on the system as a whole.

HCUPnet is unique in its scope and needs, and we are honored to play a role in helping it deliver on its important mission

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