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The Health Data Consortium Mission
"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click add. That sucks." – Jeff Hammerbacher. Having gotten through my first Health Datapalooza as CEO of the Health Data Consortium, I just want to take a moment to step back and reflect on the immense progress of the health data movement in just the last six years.
In recent decades, three things have grown at an astonishing rate: The obesity rate in our population, Health care costs, and The availability of health-related public-use data sets. The first two have always been close associates. It’s time we find innovative ways to bring the third along. That’s why we, together with HHS and the Health Data Consortium, have developed the Obesity Data Challenge: a sustained effort to engage the analytical and technological expertise of those outside of public health and health care. If you are a data scientist, policy wonk, innovator, or hacker-at-large looking for a critical health problem to address, look no further.
This year’s Health Datapalooza saw conversations and keynotes that inspired and challenged us. The work is far from done, and we have a lot to do in the year ahead to catapult this movement forward. Here’s a short recap of what happened, in case you missed any of it.
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