Announcements at Health Datapalooza

HealthData2015-sqMay 31-June 3, 2015, Washington DC

Health Datapalooza is a national conference focused on liberating health data, and bringing together the companies, startups, academics, government agencies, and individuals with the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data to improve patient outcomes. Here are announcements from the conference so far.

Day 1

  • On the main stage, the de Beaumont Foundation, in collaboration with the Health Data Consortium (HDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the Obesity Data Challenge, a joint U.S.-England initiative to tackle the epidemic of adult obesity.
  • The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of a large dataset of 2013 billing data, including data about both payments and services for the 100 most common Medicare hospital stays.

Day 2

  • The energy was electric when Farzad Mostashari announced the new petition to “Get My Health Data.” Sign the petition now. Then, follow @getmyhealthdata and tweet at them with the hashtags to be a #tracer or to help out with building the data infrastructure with #apps in the first two sprints.
  • On the main stage, Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS, shared a new partnership between HHS and CVS on a tool that will provide personalized, preventive care recommendations based on the expert recommendations that drive the MyHealthFinder API.
  • Finally, the acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Andy Slavitt, announced at Health Datapalooza a new policy that will allow innovators and entrepreneurs to access CMS data for the first time – enabling people to use CMS data to build tools, products, and services, without the prior limits for research purposes only.