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By Steven Randazzo
On Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:51pm


What health issues can be solved using health data? What topics are keeping health data enthusiasts on the edge of their seats? Find out at the 2013 Health Data Initiative IV.  As a past attendee, we would like to invite you to the next Health Datapalooza, which will be bigger and better than before!
 Health DatapaloozaJune 3 - 4, 2013Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Additional details are forthcoming, including pre-conference program, registration details, sponsorship opportunities.
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By Steven Randazzo
On Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:40pm


For the past three years, through the Health Data Initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has focused on the liberation of health data.  This effort has focused on making data from HHS holdings more easily available without affecting privacy or confidentiality of individuals.  The intention is that entrepreneurs, developers, researchers and policy makers will take the newly liberated data and create web or mobile applications, products and services to help improve health for consumers, communities and service providers. Since 2010, over 300 data sets have been uploaded to and in addition to the many events and examples of health data being leveraged than ever before. Read more »
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By Steven Randazzo
On Monday, September 24, 2012 - 4:58pm


Did you know that the guidelines for the child growth standards came from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)?  NHANES, one of the longest running and comprehensive health surveys in the world, has been a critical source for health information and standards since 1959. 
NHANES provides a snapshot of the health of the United States and a formula for conducting surveys that have been replicated all over the world.  NHANES is unique, in that it requires a true commitment from 10,000 Americans over a two year cycle. 
Different from other surveys, every American has a chance to participate in the survey and in addition to an interview, it includes a medical exam.  Read more »
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By Aman Bhandari
On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:42pm


Co-authored by @GHideas and @worksteven Updated September 26, 2012
Hundreds of codeathons are held throughout this country every year resulting in the development of innovative applications, like the “Like” button on Facebook, or solutions to critical social and health problems, like childhood obesity. 
Several codeathons are coming up that are focused on creating solutions in health care that you should check out.
Groundwork, Sept. 28 - 29, Baltimore, MD - Sign up here
SXSW Interactive Hack-a-thon 1.0, Sept. 29 - 30, Austin, TX - Sign up here
The Feast Conference Hackathon 2012, Oct. 4 - 5, New York, NY - Sign up here
Health Literacy Hackathon, Oct. 13 - 14 - Sign up here Read more »
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By Steven Randazzo
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 4:01pm


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Innovation Team is taking new steps to make it easier for people to connect and find information on our innovation activities. As an example, we have used Twitter to promote the first time public voting for selecting input on the HHSinnovates Program.
Here are some of the ways we are connecting with you. 
HHS Innovation Team Update – This monthly newsletter highlights the major activities and opportunities from the HHS Innovation Team.  Included in this feature are announcements of new programs, new challenge competition opportunities, data sets, and other exciting news. Subscribe here, and stay up-to-date on what’s going on. Read more »