Atlas Special Topics

These Atlas special topics have been studied in detail and reported on by the Atlas project. View and download the data behind those reports.

Terms and Conditions of Data Use: please read before downloading data.

ECU – COVID-19 Tracking Project (2021)

A team of researchers from Dartmouth College and East Carolina University came together to leverage the legacy of geographic variation measurement from the Dartmouth Atlas project team to build a model and tool to identify and intervene upon the social determinants of health leading to disparate rates of infection, illness and death from COVID-19 and potential future pandemics. This Medicare data includes incidence of COVID-19 positive cases, calculated at the state, hospital referral region (HRR), hospital service area (HSA), and county level at monthly and quarterly time intervals for 2020. Also included at the state and HRR level are mortality rates at monthly and quarterly time intervals for 2020, and annual rates for selected outcomes (hospitalization rate, admission to ICU during hospitalization, death during hospitalization, death during hospitalization with an ICU stay, and E&M visit rate following diagnosis).

Data year: 2020

Neonatal Intensive Care (2019)

This Dartmouth Atlas report provides a comprehensive description of population-based patterns of newborn care across regions and hospitals for four large U.S. newborn populations: the U.S. total birth cohort, the Medicaid-insured newborns of Texas, and the commercial and Medicaid newborns insured by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. From this study population, medical care utilization of both mildly and very ill newborns is measured across all hospitals, regardless of whether care was provided in a neonatal intensive care unit. Similar analyses are also included from a groundbreaking study of Norwegian newborns, who share a high degree of socioeconomic and racial/ethnic similarity and receive care in a tightly organized national health service that offers services equitably to all.

Data year: 2009-2014

Health Care for an Aging Population (2016)

Data are for older adults in Medicare and measure the demographics and care experienced by this population, including patients with multiple chronic conditions and dementia. More information can be found in Our Parents, Ourselves: Health Care for an Aging Population.

Data year: 2012

Variation in the Care of Surgical Conditions (2014)

These indicators were created for a series of six 2014 Dartmouth Atlas reports that examined unwarranted variations in U.S. surgical care. More information can be found in Variations in the Care of Surgical Conditions.

Data years: 2007-2011

Children’s Health Care in Northern New England (2013)

Data include claims for children from commercial insurers and Medicaid for ambulatory physician services, hospitalization, common surgery, imaging, and outpatient prescription fills. More information can be found in The Dartmouth Atlas of Children’s Health Care in Northern New England.

Data years: 2007-2010

Prescription Drug Use (2013)

Data include the percent of Part D enrollees receiving effective prescription therapy, discretionary medications, and high-risk medications, as well as overall utilization and spending for prescription drugs. More information can be found in The Dartmouth Atlas of Medicare Prescription Drug Use.

Data year: 2010