Three years ago, the Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the Health Data Initiative with 45 people gathered in a conference room. This week marks the fourth edition of what has come to be known as ‘Datapalooza,’ which has grown to include nearly 2,000 tech developers, health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, and business leaders from around the world.
The conference is a forum that features the newest and most innovative uses of health data. The idea behind Datapalooza is that if the government provides the public with health data it has already collected on things like hospital quality and prices and clinical trials, innovators will turn it into new tools that advance health and lower costs across the system.
In a recent New York Times column, Obamacare’s Other Surprise , Thomas L. Friedman writes how this data is “creating a new marketplace and platform for innovation — a health care Silicon Valley — that has the potential to create better outcomes at lower costs.”
We sat down with the innovators behind Friedman’s column to hear their stories.
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