Our latest GovTech Innovator is Jonathan Rosenberg, chief of the Healthcare Associated Infections Program at the California Department of Public Health.

His program, established in 2009, tracks the surgical infection rates in the state’s hospitals and reports the data publicly. This means that Californians can check the program’s website if they’re curious about the infection rates associated with local hospitals.

But medical information can be complicated, and sometimes people have trouble deciphering large blocks of texts and detailed tables, so Rosenberg and his colleagues are trying an extra method to simplify the process.

They’ve created an interactive map (snapshot shown above) that charts California hospitals and assigns them symbols based on how their infection rates compare with state and national averages. They hope this will help people make better healthcare choices.

Rosenberg spoke to us about the map and his program’s role is assisting Californians.

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