Dispatches from Datapalooza: The New Frontier in Health

May 30, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Paul Tarini

From: Paul Tarini

To: Christine Nieves, Beth Toner and Thomas Goetz

Date: May 30, 2013

I'm looking forward to my third Datapalooza conference next week. In many ways, data is the new frontier in helping people lead healthier lives and improving the quality and efficiency of care. I enjoy Datapalooza because it helps us see the current edge of this new frontier—from what data are available and what data people are trying to access, to new ideas about how people are using the data, whether it's for policy or for products and services.

With PatientsLikeMe and the Health Data Exploration project, the Pioneer Portfolio is exploring real-time data generated by patients in real-world settings. But in health and health care, we're only starting to explore how this patient-generated data can be combined with larger institutional data. We think that, together, they could provide a more holistic picture in the future.

We can learn from the interesting things other countries are doing with their data, so I'm looking forward to the keynote address by Jeremy Hunt, the UK secretary of state for health. I'm also interested in learning more about consumer health engagement, new payment models, and local and state governments' access to and use of this data.

What are you most curious about? Which Datapalooza speakers and sessions most interest you? I look forward to hearing about your experiences, and I'd love to know if you learn of any projects that improve an individual's health while helping contribute to a larger understanding of population health.

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 first in the series of posts about team members' experiences at the conference.

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.