Study: Rhode Island ranks No. 19 in nation for data innovation

RHODE ISLAND RANKED NO. 19 for data innovation. / COURTESY CENTER FOR DATA INNOVATION
RHODE ISLAND RANKED NO. 19 for data innovation in a study done by the Center for Data Innovation based on scores in a number of information technology and public policy accomplishments. / COURTESY CENTER FOR DATA INNOVATION

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 19 in the nation in a “Best States for Data Innovation” study conducted by The Center for Data Innovation. The list was topped by Massachusetts, with Washington, Maryland, California and Delaware rounding out the top five.

The study, released Monday, consisted of 25 data points broken into three categories: “ensuring data is available for use,” “enabling key technology platforms” and “developing human and business capital.”

Rhode Island breakdown:

Rhode Island ranked No. 9 for ensuring data is easily available for use. The category measured access to public records such as energy data, health care data and government financial data.

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Rhode Island ranked No. 40 in the nation for enabling key technology, which included broadband access and speed, the use of smart meters for electricity usage, the use of electronic health records and the use of digital technologies by state government.

Rhode Island ranked No. 15 in the nation for developing human and business capital. This weighted category included data points on the number of statistic and data jobs, the percentage of STEM degrees, AP science test scores and software science jobs.

For specific data point rankings, Rhode Island placed in the top five in the nation for: Energy usage data (No. 2), behind Massachusetts; STEM degrees for the population 18-34 years old (No. 3), behind Massachusetts (No. 1) and Iowa.

The Ocean State also ranked No. 4 for its economic output of the information and data processing sector as a share of total economic output, behind California, Missouri and Utah.

Rhode Island ranked last in the nation for the percent of electricity meters that are smart meters (meters that use two-way communication between energy providers and consumers), as well as for health care price transparency.

Rhode Island ranked second to last for the extent in which physicians and hospitals use electronic health records only ahead of New Jersey.

Rhode Island ranked No. 47 for the use of digital technologies by state government tied with Alaska and Wyoming, only ahead of Kansas.

New England category rankings

Overall:

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Massachusetts: No. 1 with a score of 63 (tops in the nation)

Vermont: No. 2 with a score of 47 (No. 14 in the nation)

Connecticut: No. 3 with a score of 45.2 (No. 18 in the nation)

Rhode Island: No. 4 with a score of 44.4 (No. 19 in the nation)

Maine: No. 5 with a score of 44.3 (No. 20 in the nation)

New Hampshire: No. 6 with a score of 40.0 (No. 28 in the nation)

 

Ensuring data is available for use:

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Maine: No. 1 with a score of 60 (No. 4 in the nation)

Massachusetts: No. 2 with a score of 56 (No. 7 in the nation)

Rhode Island: No. 3 with a score of 54.8 (No. 9 in the nation)

Vermont: No. 4 with a score of 50.8 (No. 15 in the nation)

Connecticut: No. 5 with a score of 42 (No. 25 in the nation)

New Hampshire: No. 6 with a score of 37 (No. 37 in the nation)

 

Enabling key technology platforms

Massachusetts: No. 1 with a score of 59.2 (No. 10 in the nation)

Vermont: No. 2 with a score of 58.9 (No. 11 in the nation)

Connecticut: No. 3 with a score of 54.5 (No. 19 in the nation)

Maine: No. 4 with a score of 52.3 (No. 21 in the nation)

New Hampshire: No. 5 with a score of 49.4 (No. 24 in the nation)

Rhode Island: No. 6 with a score of 39.3 (No. 40 in the nation)

 

Developing human and business capital

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Massachusetts: No. 1 with a score of 73.9 (No. 1 in the nation)

Connecticut: No. 2 with a score of 39.2 (No. 14 in the nation)

Rhode Island: No. 3 with a score of 39 (No. 15 in the nation)

New Hampshire: No. 4 with a score of 33.7 (No. 20 in the nation)

Vermont: No. 5 with a score of 31.2 (No. 26 in the nation)

Maine: No. 6 with a score of 20.5 (No. 34 in the nation)

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.