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WEBCAST: HHS technology chief Todd Park talks with opensource.com

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Open Your World webcast with Todd Park - July 7 at 3 p.m.

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If you think you have an innovative or entrepreneurial spirit and are interested in data, health, and technology, then join us for an opensource.com Open Your World Forum webcast with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Todd Park. Park will speak about the power of open data for improving health.

Todd's position with HHS was created by the Obama administration as a change agent. And he is taking that role seriously.

Todd is passionate about improving health. To prove it, he's taken the culture of HHS toward one of data liberation, of openness, and of government 2.0. He wants everyone to understand how open data can be harnessed to improve the health of the country. Taking a page out of the Tim O'Reilly playbook, Todd has set up a public and private collaboration where government serves as a platform for open data and the community of individuals and companies are the creators.

The HHS has a treasure trove of health data, worth billions of dollars. It includes smoking rates, obesity rates, hospital quality, drug, device, and food recalls. Opening it up to everyone is a radical idea. But, "it's insufficient to just put data out there," Todd says. "We want to market them to people who can turn them into super-cool apps." And that is exactly what is happening.

Less than 90 days after the first batch of data was released last year, people built and deployed several incredible applications. So HHS has provided a data platform, continuing to put it out there in a way that is easily accessible and machine-readable, hoping to get people excited.

Todd is looking for people in academia, technology, healthcare, and government. Whether healthcare providers, experts, or simply consumers, we're all in this together. Anyone can look at the data and perhaps come up with cool ideas that can be used to improve health. Apps can be aimed at consumers, doctors, care integration, data mining, decisions, support and more.

As Todd proclaimed at South-by-Southwest (SXSW): “There's never been a better time to be an innovator at the intersection of data, healthcare, and technology”

Don't miss what Todd has to say. Join us at the webcast, and learn more about building things that will revolutionize healthcare.

Join us in an online community dialogue with Todd Park

When: Thursday, July 7 from 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: On opensource.com
Why: You can help improve the health of our nation and the reach of this program in our community.

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What questions do you have for Todd? Let us know.

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leonardkish
Open Minded

Some questions for Todd:

  • How could the basic concept of the SMART challenge be extended beyond the EHR? More mobile. Some 80% of physicians now see smart phones as invaluable to their practice. Why integrate into the monolithic structure (EHR), why not promote out the EHR into a more customizable, modular and mobile structure?
  • How or will SMART challenge be extended? HHS is doing a great job of reducing barriers to data access in the public sectory, what can we do to reduce barriers to data access in health care in the private sector. Seems that data is a currency, and most stakeholders don't enjoy sharing their currency.
  • What would you like to see someone develop in the SMART challenge?
  • What are the big opportunities? What is the biggest success?
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melanie
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I have seen Todd Park speak, and he is phenomenal. Very excited about this webinar. Thanks!

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