Health Datapalooza IV
Happening this week in Washington, DC, Health Datapalooza IV is a national conference that serves as a forum featuring the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data by companies, startups, academics, government agencies and individuals. This year the conference included a keynote by Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The Health Datapalooza LiveStream includes live feeds as well as videos of previously recorded speakers.
Health data has quickly become a multi-billion dollar business, with many start-up companies looking to leverage open data initiatives such as those provided by HealthData.gov. This year Health Datapalooza featured a “hack-a-thon” to see who could come up with a way to use Medicare claims data.
The overarching goal of events such as Health Datapalooza and open health data initiatives are to draw attention to the importance of data in healthcare and demonstrate how the use of data can lead to changes in healthcare including better treatment options, quicker response times, efficient practices, better guidelines, and much more.