The Health Datapalooza
The Health Data Initiative (HDI), originally launched in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the Community Health Data Initiative, is a public-private collaboration that encourages innovators to utilize health data to develop applications to raise awareness of health and health system performance and spark community action to improve health.
THE 2010 FORUM
National Academy of Sciences Building
June 2, 2010
In March 2010, the IOM and HHS hosted a small gathering of leaders from the White House, federal agencies, academia, social sectors, public health communities, information technology firms, major businesses, and health care delivery systems to catalyze the formation of a new Community Health Data Initiative. On June 2, 2010, the IOM and HHS held The Community Health Data Forum: Harnessing the Power of Information to Improve Health. The purpose of this public Forum was to further ongoing efforts of innovators using community-level health data, which would allow individuals and communities to make informed choices about their health.
The agenda and video clip from the Inaugural HDI Forum can be discovered here.
THE 2011 FORUM
National Institutes of Health
June 9, 2011
As the types of available health data expanded beyond community data to include data on coverage, access, cost, quality, products and recalls, benefits, and more, the Community Health Data Initiative was rebranded as the Health Data Initiative.
On June 9, 2011, the Health Data Initiative Forum II expanded to include more than 50 applications that used data from HHS and other data suppliers. Community leaders, consumers, employers, providers, and others showcased ways that data could be used to spur health assessment, planning, and action.
Information on the 2011 Forum, including the agenda, list of presenters, and videos, can be accessed here.
THE 2012 FORUM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
June 5-6, 2012
The Health Data Initiative Forum III: The Health Datapalooza was held June 5 and 6, 2012, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event brought together a diverse group of more than 1,500 data experts, technology developers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, health care system leaders, and community advocates to support innovative applications of health and health care data.
The HDI does not endorse particular applications, but rather enables their independent development through easier access to expanded, free data. More information is available at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.