"The purpose of Datapalooza is getting beyond the hype to show what's going to work in the real world, what's the value to patient care," says Dr. Lisa Simpson, a physician who leads AcademyHealth, the professional society that's organized the annual event that's focused on digital health.
The Consumerist takes a look at what it's all about.
Health Datapalooza started in 2010 as the Community Health Data Initiative, an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services to promote public-private health data partnerships.
One inspiration was the way in which government meteorological data had been converted into easily usable, consumer-facing apps such as weather.com.
Within a couple of years the meeting picked up a catchier name.
It has continued to enjoy political smooth sailing despite the intense partisan battles that have raged elsewhere.
Opening up health data to entrepreneurs and the public "was a new horizon for the federal government," says Micky Tripathi, who became the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in 2021 after long academic and private-sector experience.
One early success story by a presenter came from a medical anthropologist and colleagues who developed a "smart" inhaler using environmental data and kids' smartphones to create an app to help children avoid severe asthma attacks
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