The Health Data Consortium, a collaboration among government, non-profit, and private sector organizations working to foster the availability and innovative use of data to improve health and health care, which HHS is a member of has established a regional network of affiliates. In the first year of development, the Innovator-in-Residence organized and expanded the Health Data Consortium Affiliate network.
The regional affiliates work to promote the ideals of open data in health around the country. They host events and build local networks of groups including startups, entrepreneurs, health companies, universities, government agencies, and other innovators to create an ecosystem around using open data to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities. Under the tenor of the Innovator-in-Residence, two affiliates held local datapaloozas.