A Long View, Far Away

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I’ve noticed recently that articles and blogs on Application Programming Interfaces (API) for Health Information Technology are beginning to trickle out in the media, and proclamations of the API as the “key” to unlock interoperability of health systems and data are building.  And it’s about time, but it seems somewhat pale in view of the activity “across the pond”. Over here in the US, thousands of miles away from the European Union (EU), it’s easy to miss what is happening there, and it seems useful to review what the EU is doing and why.

The Best Way to Predict the Future: Create It – Robert Wood Johnson Releases `Data for Health’

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Here’s what I know from having participated in the Health and Human Services Open DataFest II in California earlier this month: A large and growing number of professionals in HHS (and related fields) believe that more information and greater interoperability are vital components to improving the health and well-being of our country’s children, adults and communities. At least equally important, more and more of them are now actively engaged in making those objectives a broader, more concrete reality.

Increasing Transparency: Open DataFest II Set for March 16–17

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Michael Wilkening
Undersecretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

Here at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), we are continuously working to strengthen existing programs and services and evaluate new approaches. As we work towards these goals, it is important that we make effective use of the data that we collect along the way.

With this goal in mind, we launched our Open Data PortalOur data already are advancing our efforts to increase transparency and support data-driven decision-making. We expect that this trend will continue and our data will assist government employees, companies and nonprofit foundations, among others, to make more informed decisions and result in better outcomes for those who rely on our programs. 

ArcGIS Open Data: An Invitation and an Opportunity

Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Este Geraghty
Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director, Esri

The California Open DataFest II is fast approaching (March 16 and 17), and it marks a time of celebration and of coming full circle for me. You see, as physician-scientist at UC Davis, I yearned for data to be more available to facilitate my research. My wish would soon come true. In 2013, I went to work for the California Department of Public Health, as the deputy director in charge of vital records and informatics.

The Countdown Begins: Our 2nd Annual HHS Open DataFest is Coming Up!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Partnerships and collaborations (can someone please explain the difference to me?) are among the most-effective tools all of us have for doing the best work possible in many if not most circumstances. And, to my way of thinking, they also demonstrate that we mean what we say about making interoperability and information-sharing a part of everyday business life.

OPEN DATA: A Lot of Sparks, So Why No Wildfire Yet?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The concept of “Open Data" has  excited and frustrated a lot of people over the years, because it's one of those things that makes total sense on paper, and therefore “feels” like an idea that will quickly go viral and generate tremendous value. Yet it hasn't yet, so its supporters are puzzled and reflexively think the solution must be to educate people and to turn up the volume since, both intuitively and intellectually, it already should have caught on like wildfire.

For Stewards of Change, 2015 Won’t Be Just Another Year

Friday, January 16, 2015
           My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
                                                                                                                    -- Dr. Seuss
Here’s what I meant to do on January 1: Wake up late, spend some time with my family, read a couple of chapters of a good book, and then write a blog wishing everyone a happy 2015 and offering a preview of the exciting activities that Stewards of Change has on tap for this, our 10th Anniversary year.