Everyones Free (to Access Health Data)

By Andy Smith (@andysmithpalio)

Theres a treasure trove of high-value health information in government archives that can aid in the delivery of health care. Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) are joining forces to make this data available to the public and encourage innovative uses of it to help patients and health care providers.

By putting this wealth of data into the hands of patients and health care professionals, new insights, applications, products and services can be developed to increase health care education, influence behaviors and improve performance of the health system. Learn more about how increasing access to health information can benefit patients and providers at the unNiched(micro) Breakfast HHS/IOM Health Data-palooza Satellite Event, June 9, 2011 beginning at 7:45 a.m. ET.

Through this initiative, data will be easily accessible and provided to the public free of charge to facilitate growth and development of the health care eco system. It will include a range of information including national, state, regional and potentially county-level prevalence of disease, quality, and cost as well as evidence-based programs and policies that have improved performance across many of these measures. Technologists, business, academia and public health professionals can then use the data to compare performance, share best practices and uncover new modes of treatment and services to improve health performance such as developing online games that educate individuals about community health or by tracking local issues.

The culmination of health data and technology are critical components of any effort to educate and persuade providers and patients to improve behaviors and health care outcomes. To learn more about the Government 2.0 movement to unleash health data and make it publicly available, participate in this complimentary satellite unNiched (micro) breakfast event where attendees can:

  • View a portion of Health Data Initiative Forum proceedings remotely
  • Network with others interested in marrying health data and technology to improve communication, outcomes and spark behavior change in patients and health providers
  • Hear executives from HHS and other organizations discuss the implications of the Forum for innovation, outcomes and health communications

By increasing the availability of data, patients and professionals can explore and analyze data and gain the necessary insight to move from awareness to action. Pixels and Pills will be live-streaming the breakfast and the exciting discussions that take place at the event. We hope youll join us!

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Location: CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
Website: http://www.unniched.com
Agenda: http://unniched.com/unnichedmicro-hhsiom-health-data-palooza-satellite-event
Registration: http://healthdataunniched.eventbrite.com

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