Florida AHCA is responsible for the administration of Florida’s estimated $25.2 billion Medicaid program, licensure and regulation of Florida’s 48,500 health facilities and for providing information to Floridians about the quality of care they receive via the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis.
AHCA had a number of diverse websites each developed to provide a slice of statewide health care data to the public, but each had their own data source and they had no consistent look or accessibility to the public. The data sources were updated at differing intervals and, updates often required changes to the website to accommodate them.
Cloud Navigator merged all of the diverse website projects into a single ASP.NET website FloridaHealthFinder.gov and created consistent navigation and look and feel for the whole. Diverse data sources were merged into a single SQL database. The website and its data are hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud for access to the citizens of Florida. Data updates were streamlined and processes made consistent.
AHCA wished to continue to host one particular data source which is updated nightly, so Cloud Navigator created a web service API to allow the data to be readily accessed not only by FloridaHealthFinder, but also by mobile facility locator applications available on Apple and Android devices.
FloridaHealthFinder.gov is an Azure Web App that utilizes an array of Azure services, including:
- App Service
- Azure SQL Database
- Application Insights
- Security Center
- Virtual Machines
- Geo-redundant Blob Storage
FloridaHealthFinder.gov website is a leading edge provider of health care information to the public, and has won awards such as the 2016 Digital Government Achievement award. The site has millions of visitors annually.
A recent press release from the agency states:
“Tallahassee, FL – Today, the Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) announced that its consumer and provider transparency website, FloridaHealthFinder.gov, was selected to receive a 2016 Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA) from the Center for Digital Government. The DGAA recognizes government websites that provide outstanding data accessibility and transparency through innovative technologies. FloridaHealthFinder.gov was awarded in the State and Federal Government-to-Citizen category.
Agency Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said, “FloridaHealthFinder continues to serve as a valuable resource for those who are looking for information on health care services in Florida. This award shows the hard work and dedication of our Florida Center for Health Information and Transparency in their continued effort to make health care information more accessible to patients.”
Since 2007, FloridaHealthFinder.gov has been a one-stop-shop where Florida consumers and health care stakeholders can search and compare information about the Agency’s more than 48,000 licensed health care facilities and providers. The website offers a suite of interactive tools to locate and compare hospitals, surgery centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, health insurance plans, and other health care services. The website also contains convenient links to the Agency’s licensure and regulatory compliance information for providers, printable consumer guides and additional resources. FloridaHealthFinder.gov received more than 3.7 million visits during 2015.”