Dispatches from Datapalooza: Bringing My 'A' Game

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

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!

One thing hot on my mind is the Heritage Open mHealth Challenge. On Tuesday morning, the organizers will award a $100,000 prize to the team that found the most graceful, accessible way to use Open mHealth architecture to integrate health apps. I can’t wait to learn more about the winning team and how their solution can improve patients' health outcomes and provide a clinical tool for providers.

I also can’t wait to see our Pioneer adviser, Sara Holoubek, who will be presenting the Sanofi US Data Design Diabetes Demo Day. To be honest, I know very little about innovations happening in diabetes. So I am looking forward to seeing the finalists pitch their products that harness data to improve diabetes care.

Beth, I'll be bringing my "A" game on Monday and Tuesday at the RWJF booth in the Expo Hall. I hope many of the people we have met online stop by to finally meet in person!

Team members from the Pioneer Portfolio, as well as Entrepreneur in Residence Thomas Goetz, are among the RWJF staff attending this year's Health Datapalooza. Datapalooza is an RWJF-sponsored conference that features new and innovative uses of health data by companies, startups, government agencies and more. This is the second in a series of posts.

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.