This project's deliverables are geared towards developing an initial readme and schema (format) for the project. (Basically design, based on the below information).
We are MedHack, a new platform and open-source project for discovering ways to save patients money on healthcare services and devices. Currently, we are focused on data in the USA, UK and South Korea (price comparison). Because of a 2019 law, all hospitals are required to publish their pricing data online. However, many hide these links now (even move them daily)... Some have even removed their websites. We are developing an open-source project that allows developers ands other contributors around the world to keep up with these moving links and pricing updates. We will be using this also for our search engine we are building at medhack.info.
This first project's goal is to develop a design concept for the first repo (Hospital Price Lists), that is: Easy for contributors to contribute to
Easy for others to grab the information
A schema that's elastic enough to keep up with changes (with fields such as hospital name, city, region, country, price1, price1Desc, price2, priceDesc, url, priceUrl, lastUpdatedDate, percentageChanged, numberRecords, type, etc)
The price1, 2 and 3 fields and associated descriptions are needed because each hospital published different kinds of prices (inpatient prices, average price, median price... there wasn't much around what exactly they were required to publish.) Type is whether its a device, procedure, non-medical device, etc) Basically, we want to flesh all this out and offer well-put together READMEs.
The other issue is that their is no naming convention around the medications and procedures., so some hospitals have on purpose used weird abbreviations so they can't be cross-referenced.
We are determined to build a project that can keep these hospitals accountable and actually deliver transparency.
To feel the problem, please check out this article: [login to view URL]
There is a list of hopital prices files (many of them gone or broken, about 50%)
This project will be Node.js and will lead to more projects, as we work towards more transparent initiatives.