HHSignite (beta): Pillbox Takes the Red Pill
Promoting innovation and developer engagement around HHS medication data through open source
Submitted by staff from: NIH / National Library of Medicine
- David Hale, NIH/NLM
Other Team Members:
- Jennifer Dong, NIH/NLM
- Quynh Nguyen, NIH/NLM
- Ying Sun, NIH/NLM
- Florence Chang, NIH/NLM
Project Lead’s Approving Supervisor:
Florence Chang, National Library of Medicine
Build an active community of developers through open source to create innovative products, apps, and services around drug identification, reference, and image data sets.
Government data related to drug identification and reference is critical to addressing health challenges such as reduction of medication errors, improving adherence, EHR/PHR development, and supporting emergency personnel. Extending the reach of this data via innovative products and services created by health IT developers is critical in solving these challenges. The National Library of Medicine’s Pillbox has provided the first developer-friendly, public domain gateway and services to this valuable data set.
Pillbox will soon add a sufficient number of medication images to become a production resource upon which developers can build. Open sourcing Pillbox’s code, data, documentation, and workflow will transform the loose collection of developers currently experimenting with Pillbox's API and data into a sustainable ecosystem that also contributes to the success of the project. Requested funding will be utilized for external experts to guide the open sourcing of Pillbox and create a developer evangelist program.