Most hospital sites rely on third-party services to enhance the services or experiences they offer through their websites. Some simply point to their social media channels, while others use external companies to offer features or services to their patients. Here's a look at the most popular services.
The following screenshots offer a glimpse to more than half of the sites on Seed #5. The mean height on the pages increased slightly from last year's from 2,268 to 2,677 pixels, perhaps because there's an outlier which has a height of 20,246 (www.clearfieldhosp.org). Also of note, 75% of the sites stay within 3,418 pixels, an increase of about 500 pixels.
The latest seed was generated by cleaning up Seed #4 and merging it with information found on this data.world dataset. There are 4,835 hospital websites listed.
Every hospital website conveys a different message with the images and text on their home pages. Some want to talk about the quality of care, others about the compassion and bedside manner of their staff. In this post, I do text analysis to uncover themes across sites and show the most common ones.
Many sites use pictures of patients and clinicians to gain trust and to showcase their people and their services. Faces of people have an impact on users because an emotional connection is created. This post reviews the emotions displayed on the faces throughout all the sites.
This latest dataset cleans many of the hospital websites that no longer exist or that have merged. The list was reduced to 4,150 hospitals. It was created by starting with Seed #3 and merging with hospital data found in data.world site.
Page speed, the amount of time it takes to load a web page, is very important for user satisfaction. If a site takes too long to load, it can frustrate and make users go somewhere else. Sites that are too heavy on the resources they need, can lead to slow loading pages. In this post, I used the listing on Seed #3 and compare each one of them based on their speed to load.
One of the questions that I wanted to answer when I started hospitalsites.org, was to know the types of technologies that allow for healthcare sites to run. Taking a look at HTTP response headers no only answer this question, but it gives an interesting insight into other factors that make up these websites.
This post finds answers to multiple questions through the analysis of the HTTP headers that are returned when requesting hospital websites. Through multiple scripts, I collected the response headers into JSON objects and grouped together to extra the following information.
Heading tags are an important piece of a well-formed HTML page. It is especially important as these tags send a signal to search engines about the relevance of the content that are surrounded by them. Among these tags, the <h1> one is considered of great significance as it signals the main idea of a web page.
As such, it is usually best practice to have one and only one <h1> tag that represents the main idea of the page being presented. Using all the sites in Seed #3, this post analyzes the use of the tag on hospital sites’ home pages and compares them according to its frequency of use and to the content that is surrounded by it.
After months of carefully gathering Hospital information from different sources, I have cleaned up and come up with the latest dataset which I will refer to as ‘Seed #3’. This is a more comprehensive list of hospitals across the U.S. and it’s five times the size of ‘Seed #2’, with a total of 5,942 hospitals included in this seed. Analysis of hospital sites moving forward will use this dataset.
I've been working on the healthcare space for more than 10 years and I am passionate about the technology that runs it.