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By David Hale, Project Manager, Pillbox
On Monday, July 21, 2014 - 4:14pm

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to making health data more accessible and usable.  Oftentimes, the gap between open data and usable data is very wide.  I'm the project manager for Pillbox at the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.  Pillbox's goal is a free and easy-to-use dataset where any pill you can hold in your hand has a single, accurate record, is connected to other data sets, and has a high resolution image of the pill.  You might be thinking, "Wait, this doesn't already exist?!"  To create Pillbox we have to be both a data consumer, pulling from sources like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and a data owner; restructuring, combining, even correcting data to create a unique resource like Pillbox.  As for the images, we had to photograph them ourselves. Read more »
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By Joyce Hunter, Deputy CIO, Policy and Planning
On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:07am

Support for those affected by disasters is critical. By developing more comprehensive tools that prepare citizens and government before the next event helps. Helping communities rebuild and become more resilient to extreme weather in the future is vital.
Citizens need to be able to access accurate information in real time, before, during and after these devastating events. The growing open data collaboration between data producers and data users can help with recovery efforts while being more transparent and local. Read more »
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By Serena L. Parks, PhD
On Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:50pm

We are happy to announce the HHS Open Government plan Version 3.0 is now available for public comment at:
On December 8, 2009, the President issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for an increased openness in government – one that is transparent (makes government data publicly available), participatory (facilitating public participation), and collaborative (fostering teamwork throughout the government).  Since the publishing of this memorandum, the Department of Health and Human Services (Department/HHS)  has been at the forefront of the President’s directive, working tirelessly to develop and share initiatives across the Department’s Operating and Staff Divisions (OpDivs and StaffDivs, respectively). 
There are several new and ongoing initiatives in which HHS Operating and Staff Divisions are engaging in, for the purpose of continuing our efforts in transparency, participation, and collaboration.  Read more »
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By Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD
On Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Good news for anyone who needs a medical procedure: New York State is giving you the data that will help you decide which hospital to choose. 
New York State recently released patient-level data for all hospital discharges, a move that will help consumers make informed health care decisions. The data are available on the Department’s open health data portal (Health Data NY). The data will enable consumers to compare the quality, cost and efficiency of hospital procedures. Read more »
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By Steven Randazzo
On Monday, July 7, 2014 - 2:11pm

Apply today! We are in the home stretch in accepting applications for the 3rd cohort of HHS Entrepreneurs and are still looking for the most talented people in America to come and disrupt government.
Four of the six projects in this cohort of HHS Entrepreneurs focuses on data – be it improving databases, making data more accessible, or creating all new types of data. If you want a chance to come into government and make a difference in how data is accessed and used, you should apply to HHS Entrepreneurs.
If you are not sure if you would be a good fit for one of the six game-changing projects, check out the videos below from each of the project teams who:
Describe the project in a little more detail;
Tell you what they are looking for in an external entrepreneur applicant; and
Give you some insight on what you will get out of participating in HHS Entrepreneurs. 
Apply here and watch the videos below.   Read more »