Advisory panel looks for 'moonshot' in Commerce data
April 24, 2015
The inaugural meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council discussed how the Commerce Department can take their troves of data to the next level for the American public.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
Health data is starting to get out of control. Fortunately, says Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, that’s a good thing, especially with the number of new companies taking to the data and entering government challenges.
"What’s interesting about this group of companies that applied is that they were founded just in 2011 and 2012. This is the latest proof that this ecosystem of applications based on health data is out of control,” Park said.
Park kicked off the 3rd Annual Health Datapalooza on Tuesday morning at the Washington Convention Center with a 20-minute keynote outlining the path of big data in government – going back to the 1990s and the release of weather information – to where the movement stands today.
The event featured more than 1,200 attendees, and The Health Data Initiative Forum III is showcasing more than 100 new or updated solutions, up from 45 last year, that help serve the needs of consumers, health care providers, employers, public health leaders and policy makers.
"The innovators present today are a great example of how data and technology can be used in powerful ways to help consumers and providers improve health," said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "We're not just creating new technology, but we're empowering Americans to make better decisions about health and health care by putting information at their fingertips."