What is the purpose of SHIP?

The goal of the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) is to advance the health of Maryland residents. To achieve this goal, SHIP provides a framework for accountability, local action, and public engagement. Using 39 measures, SHIP highlights the health characteristics of Marylanders. These measures align with the Healthy People (HP) 2020 objectives established by the Department of Health and Human Services. More state and local level data on critical health measures are also presented through SHIP. As outlined by the three gold buttons above, all SHIP data may be viewed by: measure (e.g., early prenatal care), jurisdiction (e.g., Baltimore City), or comparison across measures.

SHIP data primarily supports the development and strategic direction of Local Health Improvement Coalitions. These coalitions-- comprising of local health departments, nonprofit hospitals, community members, and other community-based organizations-- provide a forum to collectively analyze and prioritize community health needs based on SHIP data. This process promotes the alignment of local and state health priorities and activities.

This SHIP website provides data that is publicly available and open to everyone. By accessing this data, you agree to describe SHIP data using the data’s details at the bottom of each page (e.g., data source, numerator, denominator). Data and information released from SHIP are provided without warranty of any kind, including without limitation the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Availability of this data and information does not constitute scientific publication. Data and/or information may contain errors or be incomplete. For more information, see the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) Disclaimer of Liability.

Latest news about SHIP

Community Health Assessment Findings
Did you know? Community health assessment findings for 2015 were recently updated to our website.

ICD Conversions
In October 2015, there was a national update to ICD codes (ICD 9 to ICD 10), which made some data prior to October 2015 incomparable to data moving forward. These changes may impact most measures that are derived from ICD coded data from the Health Service and Cost Review Commission (HSCRC). Data affected from the HSCRC include visits to the emergency department due to: hypertension, diabetes, asthma, dental, Alzheimer's, addictions-related conditions, and mental health. The SHIP is working to define its ICD-dependent metrics in terms of the new ICD-10 system, in a manner that most accurately captures the concept represented by the metric. This conversion requires stakeholder engagement and consultation of subject matter expertise to determine which ICD 10 codes will be incorporated into new measure definitions. Data affected by this update will not be displayed on our website, but are available upon request: mdh.marylandship@maryland.gov.

Quality Improvement
SHIP is committed to continuous quality improvement. We are currently undergoing multi-pronged projects to improve SHIP based on your customer feedback. If you have additional suggestions, do not hesitate to let us know: mdh.marylandship@maryland.gov.

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