The Health Datapalooza
HHS provides health data, help online
UPI.com | 5 June 2012
A forum in Washington Tuesday featured more than 100 new or updated solutions to harness health data to improve healthcare, a top U.S. official said.
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said data found in the Healthcare.gov Insurance Options Finder is now available through an application programming interface enabling the data to be machine readable and downloaded by third-party developers. Keep reading on upi.com...
Health Data Initiative Forum Day 1: New EHR tools released
By Patrick Ouellette | EHR Intelligence | 6 June 2012
The first day of the third annual Health Data Initiative Forum – also known as “Health Datapalooza” – brought forward a throng of new or updated tools to help customers navigate open healthcare data.
The forum, being held June 5-6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., is co-sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Institute of Medicine (IoM). Over the course of two days, more than 100 new tools or updated solutions are expected to be released and there was plenty of action yesterday. Keep reading on ehrintelligence.com...
Trove of Health Insurance Data Released at 'Health Datapalooza'
By Steve Sternberg | U.S. News and World Reports | 6 June 2012
For decades, individuals and families shopping for health insurance have been unable to easily lay their hands on the most basic information on costs and coverage that they need to make an informed choice. That's about to change. Keep reading at health.usnews.com...
Mostashari urges Blue Button-big data mashup
By Mary Mosquera | Healthcare IT News | 7 June 2012
WASHINGTON – Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, announced a Blue Button Mash-Up challenge that will have a “different flavor” by bringing big data together for the individual.
The winning application will be designed to help individuals combine their health information with other data to better understand their own health status and make more informed decisions about their care. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT wants to educate consumers and offer tools that help them access and use their own health information. Keep reading at healthcareitnews.com...
Patient data initiatives take center stage at Health Datapalooza
By Dan Bowman | Fierce Health IT | 7 June 2012
Liberation of patient data was underlying theme at this week's Health Data Initiative Forum--aka Health Datapalooza--in Washington, D.C. In addition to several discussions about the most effective ways of using patient data for the greater good of healthcare, the government made a handful of announcements ranging from new initiatives to challenges. Keep reading at fiercehealthit.com...
HIMSS News | 8 June 2012
This week, HHS, the Institute of Medicine and members of the Health Data Consortium hosted the third annual Health Data Initiative forum, or Health Datapalooza. The conference featured two days of high profile speakers, application demonstrations, innovation awards and special guests. Todd Park, White House Chief Technology Officer, opened the conference on Tuesday morning with a reminder about how impactful “liberated” government data can be on the private market. Jon Bon Jovi made an appearance to bolster that claim, citing examples from Project REACH, which uses public, government data to assist in outreach and services for the homeless. Keep reading on himss.org...
mHealth apps are just the beginning of the disruption in healthcare from open health data
Rockstars from music, government and industry convened around healthcare at the 2012 Health Datapalooza
by Alex Howard | O'Reilly Radar | 8 June 2012
Two years ago, the potential of government making health information as useful as weather data felt like an abstraction. Healthcare data could give citizens the same "blue dot" for navigating health and illness akin to the one GPS data fuels on the glowing map of geolocated mobile devices that are in more and more hands.
After all, profound changes in entire industries, take years, even generations, to occur. In government, the pace of progress can feel even slower, measured in evolutionary time and epochs. Keep reading on radar.oreilly.com...
Data in use from public health to personal fitness
HHS leadership should cause other organizations to open data
by Andy Oram | O’Reilly Radar | 12 June 2012
Back in 2010, the first health data initiative forum by the Dept. of Health and Human Services introduced the public to the idea of an agency releasing internal data in forms easy for both casual viewers and programmers to use. The third such forum, which took place last week in Washington, DC, was so enormous (1,400 participants) that it had to be held in a major convention center. Todd Park, who as CTO made HHS a leader in the open data movement, has moved up to take a corresponding role for the entire federal government. Open data is a world movement, and the developer challenges that the HDI forum likes to highlight are standard strategies for linking governments with app programmers. Keep reading at radar.oreilly.com...
Health Datapalooza 2012: Apps Are Making a Difference
By Kathleen O’Malley | Journal of Participatory Medicine | 19 June 2012
The Health Data Initiative Forum III (nicknamed the “Health Datapalooza”) was a two-day conference celebrating the open data movement, held on June 5-6, 2012 in Washington, DC. The conference was sold out, but a live webcast was available for many of the presentations. This author took advantage of the webcast. Despite limitations and some technical difficulties on Day 2, on the whole it offered an engaging virtual experience. Both live and virtual attendees kept up a steady stream of tweets throughout the forum. The program was a combination of upbeat speeches about the climate of innovation and public-private sector cooperation, and enthusiastic demonstrations by developers of new health care applications. Keep reading on jopm.org...
Open data: linking Barack Obama, Andrew Lansley and Jon Bon Jovi
By Cabinet Office Open Data Team | The Guardian Public Leaders Network Blog | 25 June 2012
What is the connection between Barack Obama, Andrew Lansley and Jon Bon Jovi?
It is doubtful even the most avid pub quizzer would know, but the answer is open data.
This particular stellar alignment occurred during a recent trip to Washington, DC, where UK health officials compared notes with their US counterparts during US health data and innovation week. Keep reading at guardian.co.uk...