NaviNet Admin on April 27, 2012

The Health Datapalooza 2012: American Idol for Healthcare Innovation

At the recent NaviNet Chief Medical Officer Advisory Board meeting, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Todd Park, gave us an inside view of the HealthDataInitiative Forum III (HDI Forum III), a competition also known as The Health Datapalooza, which will take place at the Washington Convention Center on June 5-6, 2012. In addition to Todd Park, the agenda includes healthcare luminaries and policy makers such as:

•  Matt Miller is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post’s online edition; the host of public radio’s “Left, Right & Center”; a contributor to MSNBC and CNBC; and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

•  Thomas Goetz serves as Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, in addition to being the author of The Decision Tree blog and of the new book, The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine.

•  Mark T. Bertolini is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Aetna Inc.

•  The Honorable Bill Frist is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader.

•  The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius is the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

A public and private sector collaboration, the HDI Forum promotes the use of data that the HHS and other organizations have made public to encourage entrepreneurs to build applications and services aimed at helping to improve health and healthcare. Some new data and information websites include the community, the Health Indicators Warehouse, and

This year’s Forum will showcase applications and tools that have successfully used data to improve healthcare delivery and are targeted to three broad audiences: consumers and patients, providers and health plans, and public health and communities. Many constituents of the healthcare continuum—community leaders, healthcare professionals, and consumers—will judge the entries in a process similar to American Idol. The lucky finalists will show off their innovations at The Health Datapalooza in June.

During the 2011 competition, about 50 innovative exhibitors demonstrated how HHS and other health-related data helped them to build applications and services. Two companies won “Best of Demos and Expo” prizes at the event. One of them, Rise Health, provides primary care solutions to help physician practices and other healthcare organizations as the industry moves toward more accountable delivery models. The technology takes all available data and turns it into actionable information that enables the provider to devise proactive care plans. The solution is designed to empower each member of the care team, so that physicians have more time with their patients.

PatientsLikeMe won the “Best in Plenary Award” for its integration with, which resulted in its new clinical trial search feature, which helps patients find clinical trials. The application takes PatientsLikeMe patients and mashes them against data. The application connects the patient with actively running trials, and the data is updated daily with all of the trial information listed on Patients can directly enroll in trials through the system. In addition, trial centers can find patients and recruit them for studies through anonymous direct messaging. (NaviNet first highlighted the great work at PatientsLikeMe in May 2011 and then again in October 2011.)

Know of any innovators with a great idea who are entering the HealthDataInitiative Forum III competition? Share your stories on our blog or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter—and check back with us after the show to learn about the winners.

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