Community Health Data Forum: Harnessing the Power of Information to Improve Health



This is it – it’s time for the Community Heath Data Forum!  Packed house at the National Academy of Sciences with some real heavy hitters in attendance.  Both Secretary Sebelius and Deputy Secretary Corr from the Department of Health and Human Services are here today.  I’m definitely looking forward to the presentations and the Expo afterward.

Dr. Finberg giving the opening talk of this event.  It definitely sounds like this is going to be a great event.

“Community Health Data Initiative is a perfect expression of those ideals of government”

“People in communities can improve the quality of their healthcare and healthcare system if they have the information to do it” – Secretary Sebelius.  This initiative combines two of the most important goals of the Obama Administration.  Transparency and Participation seems to be the key themes around this project and all things going forward.  “Transform fee for survice into a quality purchaser” – this really is where health reform meets open government.  That’s absolutely right, we need to ensure that the American public know what they’re purchasing.

This event is featuring a jab, punch, uppercut combo of Dr. Fineberg, Secretary Sebelius and Dep. Secretary Corr.  In less than 12 weeks a whole new of health applications were put togther: that’s pretty amazing stuff.  I got to say, it’s the video games that I’m most looking forward to!

HHS is planning on launching a data warehouse website that will feature easily downloadable data that can be incorporated into websites and applications.  What really is special is that HHS is letting the innovators take control of the data and do what they want with it.  That is really the value of innovation: letting the entrepreneurs come and try stuff out.

Palantir’s presentation focuses in on Texas’s data.  They’re comparing child poverty data with other data sets that might have relationships to one another.  There is a relationship between child poverty and teen birth rate across the US.  After removing the data, this relationship still holds in Texas.  Palantir is able to search services available to the population.  Amazing – the example shows that the areas with high levels of child poverty have low access to Boys and girls clubs, and also access to hospitals with acute care.

Android decided to mess up.  Pictures will be uploaded later.  As an aside – can’t wait for Froyo…

Bing has incorporated healthcare survey data and patient reports right into their map application and their search applications for hospitals.  This is pretty awesome.  Comparison of the data layer with the location of supermarkets successfully shows areas that might be underserved.

Sonoma County Network of Care utilizes health data to determine how to create a platform for change / health conscious community.

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