Urban Dictionary defines the word Palooza as ‘an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow. When we say datapalooza, there is no party involved, except a ton of geeks, entrepreneurs, industry bigwigs and bureaucrats struggling with big data with the help of lots of caffeine and powerpoints. Governments are trying to collect, maintain, and automate data related to all sectors and translating into mobile apps and computer programs. Health Datapalooza is a national conference in the US which focuses on liberating health data, and bringing together the companies, startups, academics, government agencies, and individuals with latest innovative and effective uses of health data. The purpose is to find ways to improve patient outcomes through competitions.
The innovators have a chance to present great ideas through products and applications to raise awareness of health and health system performance and spark action to improve. Due to several companies taking part, the competitions drives each one of them to come up with better ideas. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Institute of Medicine (IoM) usually co-host these conferences. Such an initiative can help serve needs of consumers, healthcare providers, employers, public health leaders and policy makers.
With the healthcare.gov disaster, the governments needs to be careful about launching initiatives that it may not be able to handle in the longer term. People might be suspicious using these programs.
DataPalooza is a great way of managing big data into useful information for applicable knowledge. A competitive environment can bring out the best players from the IT market to which government projects can be outsourced to. The same techniques are being used in other sectors, e.g. education datapalooza and community datapalooza which can prove to be very effective.
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