The United States Federal Government continues its adoption of business intelligence dashboards as a data dissemination and management transparency technique with its rollout of the Medicare Enrollment Dashboard BETA version on its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services site (CMS.GOV).
First let me show you a screen shot of the dashboard, then i’ll give you the link so that you can visit. I also want to mention a couple of things, but first, have a little look:
You can visit the dashboard at this link: Medicare Enrollment Dashboard beta.
See if this strikes you the way it strikes me. Go to the link above and you’ll see that the landing page has a description of the dashboard. Click the link in the left sidebar that says “View Dashboard”. You then get to another page that lists a couple of dashboards including the one that you want to see (Huh? Yes, exactly – it’s confusing. But there’s more!).
You then click on “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard Beta” which takes you to a big page that says on the top: “Users should read the following information before accessing the Dashboard”
There’s literally a page of “information for users” that is rather dry. Then, at the very bottom of the page, under “related links”, you click on “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard”.
That brings you to a warning paragraph:
CMS has no responsibility for the data after it has been converted, processed or otherwise altered. Data that has been manipulated or reprocessed by the user is the responsibility of the user. The user may not present data that has been altered in any way as CMS data. Any alteration of the original data, including conversion to other media or other data formats, is the responsibility of the requestor.
You have to click on “Accept” and THEN the dashboard loads.
Anyone else see a problem here?
Try it out.
Hubert Lee, The Dashboard Spy