Stats of the Union was meant to be an experiment. If we created an iPad app to allow health policymakers to view health data on-the-go, would anybody care?
Our partners at Fathom helped us create Stats of the Union from the Community Health Statistics Indicators report, which contains health and lifestyle data from federal agencies including the Census Bureau and the Department of Health and Human Services.
We launched Stats of the Union on the App store in 2011, and were thrilled to watch it climb to the #1 Health App. It turns out that visually arresting engaging presentation of even the wonkiest data has the potential to engage broad audiences.