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Health Datapalooza 2012: Throw Your Hat Into the Ring! | The Health Care Blog

Health Datapalooza 2012: Throw Your Hat Into the Ring! | The Health Care Blog

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1 year ago
Innovators will then go through an “American Idol”-style process in which panels of consumers, health care professionals, and community leaders will judge innovations submitted. The innovations that best demonstrate benefit and value for health and care improvement will be featured and demoed at the June Datapalooza.
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U.S. CTO Todd Park Out to Spur Entrepreneurship With Data “Jujitsu” | Xconomy

U.S. CTO Todd Park Out to Spur Entrepreneurship With Data “Jujitsu” | Xconomy

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
1 year ago
“We are opening up government information resources in machine readable form…with the goal of triggering a rising tide of innovation in which entrepreneurs utilize our data as free fuel to create new products and services that help improve the lives of Americans and that contribute to economic growth and create jobs at the same time.”
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Entrepreneurs can tap into what’s effectively a new national resource that can then fuel the creation of new companies, new products, and jobs, and [create] significant tangible improvements in all of our lives.”
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U.S. CTO Todd Park Out to Spur Entrepreneurship With Data “Jujitsu” | Xconomy

U.S. CTO Todd Park Out to Spur Entrepreneurship With Data “Jujitsu” | Xconomy

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
1 year ago
“tech entrepreneur-in-residence for the U.S. government” and seeking to “jujitsu [government] data into the public domain,” thereby providing entrepreneurs with “free fuel” to trigger “a rising tide of innovation.”
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From HHS To The USA: CTO Todd Park Brings Tech Innovation To D.C. Data

From HHS To The USA: CTO Todd Park Brings Tech Innovation To D.C. Data

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
1 year ago
There's a project that I started at HHS called the Health Data Initiative. The whole idea was to take a page from what the government had done to make weather data and GPS available back in the day. It spawned an enormous number of innovations in the private sector: the Weather Channel, Weather.com, weather insurance. The liberation of GPS in the 1980s spawned everything from Foursquare on your iPhone to position-crop farming to navigation systems.
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The HHS has been liberating a rising tide of health-related knowledge and data.
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The government is basically taking the data already in its vaults, and jiu-jitsuing it into the public domain so entrepreneurs and innovators can turn it into products and jobs.
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It's not about the tools we can build; it's about the tools everyone else can build.
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The Nurse in Your Pocket

The Nurse in Your Pocket

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1 year ago
companies including WellAware Systems place motion sensors in the homes of the elderly to detect if they’re in trouble.
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Apple (AAPL) has a patent on earbuds that take body temperature readings.
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Alzheimer's Challenge 2012 — Announcements

Alzheimer's Challenge 2012 — Announcements

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1 year ago
objective of developing a simple, cost-effective, consistent tool that can be easily used to assess memory, mood, thinking and activity level over time to help improve diagnosis and monitoring of people with Alzheimer's disease.
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The platform passively tracks Alzheimer's patients' behavior relevant to their mood, memory and functional status, and administers standard Alzheimer's cognitive assessments to provide health care providers with a dashboard to measure patient health status, easy-to-interpret scores and novel data analytics to follow new treatments and improve patient care.
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collaboration between industry, academia, government and private sectors.
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Lower Costs and Better Care for Neediest Patients

Lower Costs and Better Care for Neediest Patients

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1 year ago
He learned about the former New York City police commissioner William Bratton and the Compstat approach to policing that he had championed in the nineties, which centered on mapping crime and focussing resources on the hot spots
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The reform panel pushed the Camden Police Department to create computerized crime maps, and to change police beats and shifts to focus on the worst areas and times.
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When the police wouldn’t make the crime maps, Brenner made his own. He persuaded Camden’s three main hospitals to let him have access to their medical billing records. He transferred the reams of data files onto a desktop computer, spent weeks figuring out how to pull the chaos of information into a searchable database, and then started tabulating the emergency-room visits of victims of serious assault.
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created maps showing where the crime victims lived.
health data + NON-healthdata =...
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he ran the data on the locations where ambulances picked up patients with fall injuries, and discovered that a single building in central Camden sent more people to the hospital with serious falls—fifty-seven elderly in two years—than any other in the city, resulting in almost three million dollars in health-care bills.
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He made block-by-block maps of the city, color-coded by the hospital costs of its residents, and looked for the hot spots.
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He found that between January of 2002 and June of 2008 some nine hundred people in the two buildings accounted for more than four thousand hospital visits and about two hundred million dollars in health-care bills.
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“Emergency-room visits and hospital admissions should be considered failures of the health-care system until proven otherwise,” he told me—failures of prevention and of timely, effective care.
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His calculations revealed that just one per cent of the hundred thousand people who made use of Camden’s medical facilities accounted for thirty per cent of its costs.
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The Reason Silicon Valley Hasn't Built a Good Health App

The Reason Silicon Valley Hasn't Built a Good Health App

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
1 year ago
More often than not, a consumer web entrepreneur identifies pain points that he wants to solve as a user first. Technophiles, founders, and early adopters are all drawn from the same pool, often by design
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Over the past couple of years, some of these entrepreneurs have begun building products focused on the quantified self. A thesis for the quantified self goes as follows: a modern young professional likely knows his Twitter follower number, Facebook friend count, as well as the market cap, IPO date, and vital data of a half-dozen companies in his industry. But if you ask for his resting heart rate, genetic disease markers, blood pressure, or body mass index, the chance that he knows more than 2 out of 4 of those is vanishingly small. Technology is the answer to this problem. Today, the pedometer, imagined 400 years ago by Leonardo Da Vinci and first developed in 1965, has evolved far beyond a "step counter" and into a suite of full-service health tracking devices.
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Now the idea of the quantified self has spread beyond Wolf's circle. We see it in consumer products like the Jawbone UP, Fitbit, and Nike+ Fuelband, whose technology measures individuals daily movements and reports relevant health data.
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the John D. And Catherine MacArthur Foundation, "a large body of evidence indicates that socioeconomic status is a strong predictor of health. Better health is associated with having more income, more years of education, and a more prestigious job, as well as living in neighborhoods where a higher percentage of residents have higher incomes and more education."
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It seems as though, if innovators are looking to build healthcare solutions, the target demographic is not the technophiles early-adopters of The Social Network, who are predominantly middle- to upper-middle class whites and Asians living on the coasts.
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'innovating for the elite'. But when it comes to healthcare innovation, this wisdom fails.
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The quantified self, as currently defined, may be about signalling health consciousness among an already highly health conscious population, rather than changing behavior.
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Innovating for the elite, then, misses the mark.
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But the demographics of an audience of Lululemon wearers, yoga-practitioners, and vegans is a very different market segment than the obese, the chronically ill, and those with limited access to health education resources.
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That's a huge market, and it skews heavily to lower income populations.
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We need a tool to change behavior across all demographics, and self-tracking products currently aren't doing it.
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Obesity alone costs the United States more than $150 billion in lost productivity a year.
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The quantified self and accompanying mobile health revolution needs to puncture markets which are usually invited last to the party.
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If entrepreneurs in this space are serious about making a difference, and about staying relevant to an evolving population, they need to invite these demographics first. To wit, we need to innovate on our innovation. 
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Innovate for a population who needs it -- and there's plenty of money to be made there, too. This will require non-traditional business approaches, and willingness on the part of entrepreneurs and innovators to work directly with incumbents, be those pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, hospitals, or government agencies to inject productivity into the system through technology
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overall, the direct costs of inactivity and obesity account for some 9.4% of the national health care expenditures in the United States totaling almost $10 billion
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Can Health Apps Find Users Who Are, Or Are About To Be, Really Sick?

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1 year ago
Five percent of of the U.S. population accounts for 50 percent of health expenditures. Twenty percent of the population accounts for 80 percent of spending. Perhaps more than any other statistic, this distribution is central to thinking about how one might solve the dilemma of rising costs.
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The bulk of that can be attributed to “chronic diseases,” non-communicable ailments that don’t go away on their own, and which account for more than 75 percent of U.S. healthcare spending.
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Four common, health-damaging, but modifiable behaviors—tobacco use, insufficient physical activity, poor eating habits, and excessive alcohol use—are responsible for much of the illness, disability, and premature death related to chronic diseases.

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Want to crack healthcare costs? Help at-risk individuals smoke less, drink less, exercise more and eat better.
is this where the Nikes and Fords of the world enter the picture?
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Better health is associated with having more income, more years of education, and a more prestigious job, as well as living in neighborhoods where a higher percentage of residents have higher incomes and more education.”
another potential challenge: health outcomes for low income
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“hot spots,” concentrated areas of very sick people, usually in poor neighborhoods.
health data + Location data?
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If health startups want to make a dent in the behavior that drives chronic disease, hot spots are where they need to go.
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Since sick and at-risk people are unlikely to be early adopters, health and fitness apps will need to tie into the healthcare system if they’re going to actually put a dent in costs.
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 ”Entrepreneurs really need to think about how they tailor their offering to meet the financial, clinical, and workflow needs of these different constituencies. We believe companies that figure out a way to provide a ‘win’ to each of these stakeholders will be highly sought after and highly effective in the marketplace.”
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When I asked RunKeeper about this question back in March, it pointed to its API as a way for others to innovate on top of its platform in ways targeted at users across the socioeconomic spectrum. That kind of openness could eventually be key in leveraging the RunKeeper app to curb obesity.
non govt data + govt data story
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The challenge is connecting behavior modifying innovation to the hot spots that need it.
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The challenge is connecting behavior modifying innovation to the hot spots that need it.
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Your Phone Called. It Said You Were Depressed

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
1 year ago
the bulk of healthcare costs are driven by patients with chronic diseases, and this is where Ginger.io hopes it can help.
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More broadly, people act differently when they’re sick; if Ginger.io can combine data with predictive models to tip off healthcare professionals when patients are symptomatic, that’s valuable.
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Ginger.io’s value proposition fits nicely with the trend in healthcare toward managing a population’s health outcomes overall, which means caring what they do when they’re at home rather than just treating them when they show up to the hospital.
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Ginger.io Raises $1.7M for Mobile Health IT, Rides Wave of MIT Media Lab Startups Trying to Understand People | Xconomy

Ginger.io Raises $1.7M for Mobile Health IT, Rides Wave of MIT Media Lab Startups Trying to Understand People | Xconomy

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
1 year ago
Ultimately, he sees the company “pushing the envelope on what information collected from mobile devices can do. The future is wide open to many more applications.”
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As is standard for a company working on analytics and pattern recognition, though, its software will improve with more data and more users.
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“You have to show here’s a significantly better outcome.”

To that end, Ginger is already working with a couple of healthcare providers and a couple of “top five” pharma companies.

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Ginger.io Raises $1.7M for Mobile Health IT, Rides Wave of MIT Media Lab Startups Trying to Understand People | Xconomy

Ginger.io Raises $1.7M for Mobile Health IT, Rides Wave of MIT Media Lab Startups Trying to Understand People | Xconomy

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
1 year ago
All together, Ginger’s investors and advisors represent a pretty interesting mix of people with experience in big data, healthcare, and mobile software.
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That information could be valuable to drug makers and hospitals looking to track the results of clinical trials, market medications to certain types of patients, or design new therapies for things like diabetes, obesity, or brain disorders.
this is where the opportunity is to combine govt health data and novel / proprietary data. The innovation is in between the two data sets.
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Ginger is not one of the dozens of startups developing consumer apps for tracking one’s own health and wellness (though that’s sort of where the company started). No, this is a business-to-business play.
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But here’s the bigger idea. What’s really valuable is not so much the data as the insights and patterns that can be gleaned from that data. If Ginger’s software knows how you behave on a “normal” day, for example, it can figure out when your behavior changes—maybe you’re stuck in bed, or not calling your usual friends—and correlate that with indicators of problems such as doctor visits.
again, this is health data + novel data
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Ginger.io snaps up Rock Health startup Pipette | mobihealthnews

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Ethan Farber Ethan Farber
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Ginger.io, a behavioral analytics company that spun out of the MIT Media Lab,
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an aim to “reduce complications and lower the cost of care by enabling early intervention of high-risk patients,”
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“By combining their expertise with our passive sensing model, we can improve our models of patient behavior based on passive data. This helps us provide researchers with better data, and providers and payers with population management solutions that lead to better care for chronic patients.”
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Ginger.io describes mobile phones as “powerful social sensors” that, when combined with “machine learning and data mining to passively collect and analyze subtle signals of behavior change” care providers, pharma companies, and researchers can better understand the social, physical, and mental health of users.
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“The ability to collect rich, objective, continuous data is going to revolutionize how we understand and manage patient populations,” said Mitch Kapor, investor in Ginger.io and founder of Lotus Development Company. “The mobile phone is always by your side. The team at Ginger.io is enabling researchers and clinicians to tap into that data, without asking patients to change their behavior — that’s powerful.”
This helps validate idea that people with chronic illnesses DO OTHER THINGS other than just monitor their health.
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“The self-reported responses used in research today are prone to errors and inaccuracies. As a result, billion dollar research decisions are made on flawed data. You need to get the complete picture of each patient and Ginger.io is making that possible.”
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Why Ginger.io is the most innovative digital health startup

Why Ginger.io is the most innovative digital health startup

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1 year ago
taking home the top prize at several of the most competitive and high profile competitions focused on digital health including the 2011 Data Design Diabetes Challenge sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis, the 2012 SXSW Accelerator, and most recently the Janssen 2012 Alzheimer’s Challenge
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and develop a true “human check engine light”.

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Madan was able to apply his algorithms and infer with impressive accuracy which students suffered from the flu and when based on the subtle variations in their cell phone usage.
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I believe Ginger.io will be the first health care app acquired for more than a billion dollars by one of the major consumer device players.
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Sanofi's 2012 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge Winner: n4a | Food+Tech Connect

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Ginger.io went on to raise $1.7 million in venture funding after the competition.
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An App That Senses When You’re Feeling Down

An App That Senses When You’re Feeling Down

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1 year ago
Next year, the startup will run a study with diabetic patients and clinicians to test whether the caregiver alerts make a difference in disease management.
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Ginger.io, a spinoff company from the MIT Media Lab
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Madan figured out what kinds of cell phone use patterns signal the beginning of issues like the flu or anxiety.
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Ginger.io’s smartphone platform, which runs in the background and analyzes call frequency, location, and text messaging habits to figure out when users are under the weather.
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The diabetes application was an afterthought.
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After looking through clinical literature, we saw a correlation between mood and diabetes," says Ginger.io cofounder Karan Singh.
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Five Ways To Solve The Diabetes Crisis With Data-Driven Design

Five Ways To Solve The Diabetes Crisis With Data-Driven Design

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1 year ago
We want to put something forward that's going to be lasting from a patient perspective,"
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Health Datapalooza takes the pulse of mHealth

Health Datapalooza takes the pulse of mHealth

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“If your faith in America is wavering, just go to our website on last year’s event and watch a few of the fifty presentations from entrepreneurs who participated. It is an incredible display of American mojo and ingenuity.”
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Former Health Datapalooza competitor Ginger.io created a platform that offers a potential way around this. Its mobile platform turns the phone into a sensor via passive monitoring and human-centered design. This passive monitoring may help predict flare-ups and enable early intervention, which could in turn prevent costly hospitalizations, not to mention debilitating outcomes. Developed at MIT, the startup has been generating quite a bit of excitement after winning the Sanofi U.S. Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge.
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multi-billion dollar weather industry
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With access to the federal government’s vast data collections, HHS publishes information on a range of topics, including hospital quality performance, community health, FDA recalls, and the latest medical and scientific knowledge from the National Library of Medicine.
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Roughly 95 percent of the potential entrepreneur pool doesn’t know that these vast stores of data exist, so the HHS is working to increase awareness through the Health Data Initiative.
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Numerous companies, including Google and Microsoft, have held health-data code-a-thons and Health 2.0 developer challenges. These have produced applications in a fraction of the time it has historically taken
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White House Spotlights Energy Data Tools To Help Drive Innovation

White House Spotlights Energy Data Tools To Help Drive Innovation

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The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the development of a new interface for data from the fueleconomy.gov website. The API will provide access to all of the data currently displayed in the "Find and Compare Cars" interactive tool, which includes model years 1984 through 2013.
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EPA also announced it put 40 Energy Star product data sets on Energy.Data.Gov and that it intends to build an API for this important data, according to Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who spoke at the event.
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The Green Button gives utility customers access to their electrical usage data, similar to how veterans can now download their medical records using VA's increasingly popular Blue Button application.
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The Green Button gives utility customers access to their electrical usage data, similar to how veterans can now download their medical records using VA's increasingly popular Blue Button application.
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Another company, Clean Power Finance is helping propel solar energy sales by developing an online marketplace for residential solar financing.
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Looking nationally, he said that performing 5.2 million commercial building energy audits would take 400 person-years to conduct, suggesting the importance of finding more efficient ways to tackle wasted energy expenses.
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CPF Tools 2.1, designed to provide the solar finance industry a new way to help solar professionals process financed solar systems faster and more accurately than ever before, he said.
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Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity

Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity

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MGI studied big data in five domains—healthcare in the United States, the public sector in Europe, retail in the United States, and manufacturing and personal-location data globally.
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Big data can generate value in each. For example, a retailer using big data to the full could increase its operating margin by more than 60 percent. Harnessing big data in the public sector has enormous potential, too. If US healthcare were to use big data creatively and effectively to drive efficiency and quality, the sector could create more than $300 billion in value every year. Two-thirds of that would be in the form of reducing US healthcare expenditure by about 8 percent.
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From the standpoint of competitiveness and the potential capture of value, all companies need to take big data seriously.
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Mining of Raw Data May Bring New Productivity, a Study Says

Mining of Raw Data May Bring New Productivity, a Study Says

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Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity.”
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The McKinsey research unit, for example, says the value to the health care system in the United States could be $300 billion a year, and that American retailers could increase their operating profit margins by 60 percent.
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The study estimates that the use of personal location data could save consumers worldwide more than $600 billion annually by 2020.
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But the biggest single consumer benefit, the study says, is going to come from time and fuel savings from location-based services — tapping into real-time traffic and weather data — that help drivers avoid congestion and suggest alternative routes. The location tracking, McKinsey says, will work either from drivers’ mobile phones or GPS systems in cars.
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In health care, the biggest slice of the $300 billion gain is expected to come from more effectively using data to inform treatment decisions.
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For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Kaiser Permanente save millions of dollars a year in treating many patients with high cholesterol with generic statins instead of branded statins, like Lipitor. But such tailored treatments require electronic health records for tracking results, and most of the nation’s hospitals and physicians still use paper records.
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Celebrating Our Veterans With “Apps for Heroes” | The White House

Celebrating Our Veterans With “Apps for Heroes” | The White House

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Dr. Biden celebrated the convening efforts of Code and 10 apps developed by the private sector to improve the employment prospects for our Nation’s heroes – from apps that help veterans build new skills or a professional network, to a personalized list of open job postings.
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identified at least three areas where we might open up data that had previously been either in an inaccessible format, organized in a fragmented way, or largely unknown to the developer community:
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The Interview: Aneesh Chopra

The Interview: Aneesh Chopra

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1 year ago
to solve the big challenges of our time, we're going to have to tap into the expertise of the American people.
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to solve the big challenges of our time, we're going to have to tap into the expertise of the American people.
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to solve the big challenges of our time, we're going to have to tap into the expertise of the American people.
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The Most Generous Thing A Company Can Do | Cause Capitalism

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Walmart’s $4 prescription drug plan, which makes nearly all prescription drugs available for $4, has generated more than $2 billion in savings for its customers, with a specific benefit to Medicare recipients and the uninsured.
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But it wasn’t launched as a social responsibility initiative. It was launched as business strategy.
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 To address the issue of malnutrition in Bangladesh, Danone elected a market-based approach over a philanthropic investment, product donation or cause marketing campaign.
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The output is a new yogurt product available for around nine cents that fulfills children’s basic nutritional needs. The outcomes of this venture, both social and business, are tremendous. Through it, Danone developed a new market in Bangladesh, created a low-cost product that’s since been introduced to French consumers and strengthened operational efficiencies (the small footprint manufacturing facilities and processes that were developed in Bangladesh are being replicated globally). This market-based solution also yielded a greater and more enduring social impact (a new national industry, more jobs and access to critical nutrients for many Bangladeshis) than if Danone had just gifted money.
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