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By Dwayne Spradlin
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:29pm

The Health Datapalooza 2014 Code-a-Palooza challenge is open for submissions!
The Health Datapalooza code-a-thon, known as Code-a-Palooza, was a great success last year with 10 teams sweating through 45 hours of coding to develop the best tool to improve quality of care, and compete for $25,000 in prizes.
This year we have upped the ante, with $35,000 in total prizes at stake, and by making this year’s Code-a-Palooza a challenge, giving participants the month of May to build out their tools. Finalists will convene at Health Datapalooza June 1-3 in Washington, D.C. to present live demos to our panel of judges and for the awards ceremony. Proposals are due Friday, April 25. Read more »
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By Bryan Sivak
On Friday, April 4, 2014 - 4:37pm

Today, I was in San Diego at the Quantified Self Public Health Symposium where I worked with Larry Smarr, Director of Calit2 and Gary Wolf, Director of Quantified Self Labs, and Stephen Downs from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to convene a group of researchers, device and app makers, funders and others to discuss the potential and use of personal health data.
Aside from my role at HHS, in my private life, I have a real interest in personally-generated health data. I’ve been tracking various aspects of my health for years and am an avid user of apps such as RunKeeper since I logged my first run in August 2009.  Read more »
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By Damon Davis
On Friday, April 4, 2014 - 1:13pm

The New York Digital Health Accelerator will choose up to 10 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, predictive analytics, and workflow management for healthcare providers. Selected companies will receive access to customers, $100,000 in investment capital, and invaluable mentoring from senior-level executives at leading hospitals and other providers in New York.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 11, 2014 at 11:59pm ET. APPLY TODAY!
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By Jonathan Blum
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:27pm

In letters to the American Medical Association and Florida Medical Association, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced our intent today to take another major step forward in making our health care system more transparent and accountable. We plan to provide the public unprecedented access to information about the number and type of health care services that individual physicians and certain other health care professionals delivered in 2012, and the amount Medicare paid them for those services, beginning not earlier than April 9. Providing consumers with this information will help them make more informed choices about the care they receive. Read more »
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By Abdul Shaikh
On Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 1:31pm

by Abdul Shaikh (@abdulrshaikh) & Gus Mutscher (@GusHMutscher)
It’s almost four years to the day when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a small group of public and private sector leaders to explore how to develop “creative new uses” for publicly available data.  From its humble beginnings in the Community Health Data Forum to what is now the HHS Health Data Initiative (HDI) that helped launched the Health Datapalooza™ and HDC, there is no one more closely identified with the veritable sea change in federal health innovation than Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO), who formerly served as the HHS CTO prior to moving into his current role in the White House. Read more »