Search form

Sections

William Heisel's Antidote: Investigating Untold Health Stories

The Power of Small Data: Hunt for your story's data, since it won’t find you

If you have a story that needs to be told, don't wait for a huge attachment to show up in your inbox. Hunt for the data that will help you tell your story. And keep in mind that a data expert can be an invaluable guide along the way.

The Power of Small Data: How Rwanda tried to save lives with better math

When it comes to lowering high infant mortality rates, Rwanda has become an encouraging if unexpected example of what can be done with "big data made small."

The Power of Small Data: Why you probably don’t need ‘big data’ for your stories

Earlier in my career, I thought I needed “big data” to take my reporting to the next level. But I didn't understand at the time that truly big data was beyond my grasp. Most reporters don't need to manipulate such huge datasets to carry out smart, data-driven journalism.

Access Denied: Death records should be open to the living

In too many states, you cannot get access to death certificates without being a next of kin, an attorney, or a law enforcement official. Frankly, that's absurd. Here are two examples from recent headlines that show why death certificates can prove so useful.

Access Denied: Going digital should open more records to the public

The digital revolution has been a boon to reporting. But turning paper into digital files is not the same as making them freely available online, and major obstacles persist. The National Practitioner Data Bank offers a particularly egregious example.

Access Denied: Government secrecy should be hot topic among presidential candidates

What is The Des Moines Register presenting to the world as the big issue of the day in Iowa in the run up to the caucuses? Government mistrust. But this isn’t about Benghazi; this is about far more mundane things, like thwarted record requests and outrageous fees.

Calif. task force takes up question of whether docs on probation must tell patients

As the law stands now, doctors on probation have to tell hospitals and insurance companies about the fact that they are on probation. But they don’t have to tell their patients. Consumer groups argue that should change and momentum is building in support of the idea.

Licensed for Life: A stroke finally moves the Medical Board to take decisive action

The patient identified only as E.T. in documents had entered the hospital alive, with a slow heart rate. She died a few hours later, after Dr. Madhusudhan T. Gupta had tried to insert a pacemaker into her artery instead of her vein. Years would go by before the Medical Board took meaningful action.

Licensed for Life: Pacemaker procedure gone wrong leaves patient dead

Dr. Gupta was performing a procedure in which a pacemaker is inserted through a patient's blood vessels. But he skipped a key step, and the patient's condition steadily worsened. The case is a reminder that the skills a physician has earlier in their career don’t always remain sharp toward the end.

Five measures for comparing pregnancy and birth quality that should be in Healthcare Compare

Last week, columnist William Heisel criticized the new California Healthcare Compare's website for how it rates hospitals on childbirth, noting that the tool focused too heavily on C-sections and breastfeeding. This week, he offers five indicators that would give potential patients a fuller picture.

Pages

Announcements

Thanks to groundbreaking new research, we can now see how much private insurance plans are paying for common procedures and per person in communities across the U.S. This webinar will help journalists and policy makers contextualize the private-payer data, discuss possible policy responses, and offer suggestions for how reporters can use this resource to bolster their reporting. Register here.

Interested in learning more about the health, education and social challenges children face as a result of poverty and adversity?  Apply now for the 2016 National Health Journalism Fellowship, which comes with $2,000-$10,000 reporting grant, five days of intensive all-expenses-paid traing in L.A., and six months of mentoring. Details here.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

Member Activities

Patricia Wight has shared a fellowship project

Read it.

Rachael Bedard has shared a blog post

Read it.

Mary Turck has shared a blog post

Read it.

Olivia Ford joined the community

Connect with Olivia Ford

Nicole Shine joined the community

Connect with Nicole Shine
More Member Activities

Follow Us

ReportingHealth