- What is the Monthly Data Update? The Monthly Data Update (MDU) is a quick monthly rundown of all the data that has either been released, summarized, saved, or shared with the data team. This will let staff know what data is available and when that data was released, as well as any data sources, or data documentation the data team has received during the month.
- Will this be another spreadsheet for me to hunt and find? No! This will just be a quick post with links to information regarding monthly data updates.
- Where can this post be found? This post is saved in the data folder (T:\IT\Data\MonthlyUpdate\) and is also available on the data website (org/data)
- The Data Dictionary (Link) is an ever expanding guide that shows what sources we use, and what information the data team has on-hand. It also has the internal and external links as well as a description and granularity (level of detail) of the data provided.
- Healthier Washington Data Dashboard (to be updated quarterly by HCA): The Healthier Washington Data Dashboard allows users to explore data on populations and measures for Washington State. The statewide measures for all populations and HEDIS quality measures for Medicaid population can be compared by region and trended by time. (Link)
- Measures Decomposition reports produced by RDA: Contains measures that are located on the HWDD (Healthier Washington Data Dashboard) and others not located there. May, 2018 (Link)
- AIM Data Dashboard Suite (to be updated quarterly by HCA): includes demographic makeup of the Medicaid population vs. overall Washington population, high-volume providers of specific health services to Medicaid clients, and metrics relevant to topics like opioid prescribing and chronic disease in the Medicaid population. (Link)
- Washington State Drug Overdose Quarterly Report: Includes data from all of 2017. (Link)
- Through the CDC – NHIS-Early Release Reports: Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey. May, 2018 (Link)
If you need access to any data files or have any regarding any data related products, please contact the Data Team.
Tools used in data team visuals and reports: PowerBi, Tableau, Excel.
 Privacy Classifications for Washington’s Data:
Data security components outlined in this section are designed to reduce the risk associated with the unauthorized access, disclosure, or destruction of agency data.
4.1. Data Classification
Agencies must classify data into categories based on the sensitivity of the data.
Agency data classifications must translate to or include the following classification categories:
(1) Category 1 – Public Information
Public information is information that can be or currently is released to the public. It does not need protection from unauthorized disclosure, but does need integrity and availability protection controls.
(2) Category 2 – Sensitive Information
Sensitive information may not be specifically protected from disclosure by law and is for official use only. Sensitive information is generally not released to the public unless specifically requested.
(3) Category 3 – Confidential Information
Confidential information is information that is specifically protected from either release or disclosure by law. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Personal information as defined in RCW 42.56.590 and RCW 19.255.10.
- Information about public employees as defined in RCW 42.56.250.
- Lists of individuals for commercial purposes as defined in RCW 42.56.070 (9).
- Information about the infrastructure and security of computer and telecommunication networks as defined in RCW 42.56.420.
(4) Category 4 – Confidential Information Requiring Special Handling
Confidential information requiring special handling is information that is specifically protected from disclosure by law and for which:
- Especially strict handling requirements are dictated, such as by statutes, regulations, or agreements.
- Serious consequences could arise from unauthorized disclosure, such as threats to health and safety, or legal sanctions.