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A Transformational Moment

Summary: 
Better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. That’s the big idea.

Five years ago, Datapalooza started with a small group of 45 entrepreneurs, policy leaders, researchers, and other advocates of open data. They met to find ways to use health data to better inform individuals and their communities as they make decisions about their health. They had about 25 data sets at their disposal.

Today, Datapalooza welcomes more than 2,000 attendees, and thanks to leadership from HHS, local governments and state health departments, there are nearly 2,000 data sets available for them to explore and use in innovative ways – all available at HealthData.gov.

The excitement around Datapalooza reflects an excitement I hear when I travel and meet with everyone from CEOs, to governors, to small businesses, to consumers. Across the board there’s a sense that we are at the threshold of a truly historic opportunity to transform our health care system in unprecedented ways.

We have a vision of a system that delivers better care, spends our health care dollars in a smarter way, and puts patients in the center of their care to keep them healthy. It’s a system that pays providers for what works and incentivizes quality over volume. That unlocks health data so that providers are better informed and consumers are empowered to be active participants in their care. And that gets patients the right care at the right time and invests in preventive services that keep people healthy.

In this system, doctors have more tools and can do their jobs better. Patients are more empowered and engaged.

If you’d like to learn more about our vision, you can read my speech here.

Better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. That’s the big idea. 

Better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. That’s the big idea. http://1.usa.gov/1IdG1mQ #hdpalooza

 

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