M.S.D.A. surveys all 50 states (and DC) and publishes this resource of national, regional and state program information and data. The collection includes specific program characteristics, policies, administrative practices, provider networks, benefit and payment structures and other key areas of interest.
State representatives login to a secure administration portal and answer an extremely detailed survey questionnaire. The submitted data then passes through validation checks and goes through an additional manual approval process by M.S.D.A. staff. M.S.D.A. staff and state representatives walk through the resulting survey and refine the data, if required.
Custom algorithms are used to convert the data into information which is presented to the public in the form of national, regional, and state reports.
Thinkbean built custom entities to manage the vast amounts of data which needs to be entered, validated, and persisted. This data is then passed through several custom Drupal 8 modules to convert the raw data into meaningful information at the national, regional, and state level. The information which M.S.D.A. is able to present via this Drupal web application is unique and provides extremely valuable insight into the state of the nation’s dental health programs.