The 2013 Health Datapalooza, sponsored by the Health Data Consortium celebrated it’s fourth year and the results were historic. If you are wondering what kind of event would dare concoct such a name, there is a story (as always.) After the HITECH Act incentivized the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park
embarked on his trademark enthusiastic, charge of “data liberacion”!! Since that time, a
tsunami of public health data has been released to encourage problem solving
and innovation in health care.
This year over 2,000 participants joined HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, well-known New Yorker magazine author-surgeon Atul Gawande, and a wild mix of entrepreneurs, innovators, data scientists, designers, visualizers, and big thinkers in health and open data.
In terms of it being an historic event, it was as nutrition was front and center:
Winners of the $100,000 Data Design Diabetes Challenge was Connect and Coach,
whose system is the First hybrid clinical and consumer application for Registered Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators to help educate the diabetes community. Congratulations to this great team! I hope this serves as a useful tool for dietitians and patients alike.
More nutrition in the News at the conference was Sunnie Southern, RD. If you attended FNCE2012 in Philadelphia, PA you may have seen Sunnie’s participation in the Patient Engagement in Health IT session. Not only was she on the Planning Committee, but she both moderated panels and spoke of her role in leading the city of Cincinnati in health IT innovation.
Sunnie’s company, Viable Synergy, provides some exciting support for those hoping to launch innovative health ideas.
And finally, yes—there were many other apps and mentions around nutrition, exercise, and
wellness! I call this “Nutrition 2.0—the next generation of nutrition!”