Despite Retro Name, Health Datapalooza Looks Ahead To Patient-Centered Digital Future

"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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