The Health Data Consortium’s Health Data Initiative Affiliates Network has established regional chapters across the country to work with state and local governments to liberate health care data, and replicate the success of the national Health Data Initiative in engaging entrepreneurs and the business community around the new data.
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.
Established in 2012, the Innovator-in-Residence Program brings new ideas and expertise into HHS programs through collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services and private sector not-for-profit organizations. To date, the HHS IDEA Lab has partnered with the West Health Institute to take on the issue of health care cost and the Healthcare Information and Management System Society to address the issue of patient matching.