The National Association of Health Data Organization (NAHDO) convened its 27th annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana this week. NAHDO represents organizations that promote the uses of data to improve health and health care and includes state and local government agencies, non-profit health-related advocacy organizations, academia, and private sector entities applying data for services and data analytic platforms. The organization is also a key driver in the development of the All Payers Claims Database Council (APDC) promoting uses of data from various payment organizations.
This year’s meeting featured an inspirational talk by Louisiana’s Secretary of Department of Health and Hospitals, Bruce Greenstein, who captivated the audience with state-wide programs to address issues in children’s health and other measures. Other discussions featured state data connections featuring data liberation work by New York state, Louisiana, and Massachusetts.
Among the exciting events at the meeting this year was the recognition of several key efforts associated with the health data initiative at HHS. The NAHDO Elliot M. Stone Award of Excellence in Health Data Leadership was presented to Bill Davenhall, Global Manager for the Health and Human Services Solutions Group at Esri. Bill, has a been a stalwart of the Health Data Initiative and more recently named a subcommittee member for HHS’s National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics subcommittee on data access and use. A big salute to Bill!
In other acknowledgements, NAHDO presented its Innovation in Data Dissemination Award to the Department of Health and Human Services Initiative for the work on the Health Data Initiative, and a special appreciation award to Niall Brennan, Allison Oelschlaeger and Erica Breese from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on behalf of the APDC council.