This article is cross-posted on the White Housee Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog.
Authored by Todd Park and Bryan Sivak.
“Transformation” is the best description of what is happening in health care right now. We are seeing historic changes in how health care is administered in the United States—with increased focus on quality of care versus just paying for a service. We are seeing changes in how people can enroll in health insurance—with the upcoming establishment of a new market place that will help more people get insured in this country than ever before. And, we are seeing changes in how people understand and make decisions about their own health—with an increasing number of tools and services becoming available to help individuals access health information and manage their own personal health data.
Data is fuel for innovation, and developers and entrepreneurs are key players who can turn that fuel into innovations that matter. That’s why one of the many ways the Federal Government is contributing to the transformation of health care is by unleashing vast amounts of data from the vaults of government, while rigorously protecting privacy. These public data resources, made openly available in machine-readable form, include a broad range of useful information—from comparison data about different health insurance plans, to product recall data from the Food and Drug Administration, to epidemiological data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to scientific information from the National Institutes of Health, and much more. In the hands of developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, these data are powering game-changing solutions, with much more on the way.
If you or your company has developed an application, service, or sensor fueled by health data, YOU could be featured at the fourth annual Health Datapalooza (HDP IV) on June 3 – 4, 2013, by applying here by April 5, 2013.
The Health Datapalooza is the biggest meeting of health data professionals, developers, entrepreneurs, government officials, venture capitalists, and investors in the Nation. Any developer or company that completes the application process will receive a discount code that reduces the cost of registration to attend.
Apply today to be part of Health Datapalooza IV—get exposure for your products and services, network with fellow innovators, and build connections that can help your company grow.
Todd Park is US Chief Technology Officer
Bryan Sivak is Chief Technology Officer at HHS