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Dispatches from Datapalooza: Focusing on the Patients

Jun 3, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Beth Toner

Beth Toner

From: Beth Toner

To: Christine Nieves, Paul Tarini and Thomas Goetz

Date: June 3, 2013

So, I’m not the “rookie”—as you are, Christine—nor am I a seasoned veteran like Thomas and Paul. This is my second Health Datapalooza. Last year, I’d been at the Foundation not quite three months, and while I’m a health care provider, I can honestly say that I felt completely overwhelmed by how much I didn’t know about health data.

There’s still a lot about health data I don’t know, but I’ve been lucky enough to connect (both virtually and personally) with great colleagues and mentors who have given me a glimpse into how powerful data can be. For me, it all comes back to the patient: How can we harness data to change the way patients participate in care? How can we help patients harness their own data?

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Dispatches from Datapalooza: Bringing My 'A' Game

May 31, 2013, 9:00 AM, Posted by Christine Nieves

Christine Nieves / RWJF

From: Christine Nieves

To: Paul Tarini, Beth Toner and Thomas Goetz

Date: May 31, 2013

This is my first time attending Health Datapalooza, and I am intrigued. I am fascinated by the fact that there will be a reception at the National Zoo on Sunday evening and a 7 a.m. run to kick us off Tuesday morning. It's not just any run, though—it will be led by Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s what I call intense!

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