Liberating Health Data: What We Learned in New York
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:30:00 AM PDT - 12:00:00 PM PDT
In March 2013, to much acclaim, New York launched its open health data website,, and became one of the first states in the country to liberate health data from its files. The wealth of information now being unleashed into the public domain is unprecedented and earned the state the first annual Health Data Liberator Award from the Health Data Consortium. 

The availability of this data is critical as we advance toward health reform. Equally important, health data will support the goals of the Triple Aim, which is improved individual care, better population health and lower costs. 

This kind of transparency is also a business opportunity that will enable developers to use this data to develop new apps that can benefit health. It has already resulted in a digital health accelerator and promises to bring other new development opportunities, including a code-a-thon this fall. 

In his discussion, Dr. Shah will discuss how New York forged ahead with this undertaking, the hurdles that had to be overcome and why health data is so critical in this era of health reform. Listeners will have the chance to learn how New York did it and hear his thoughts on the process. 


Dr. Nirav R. Shah
Dr. Nirav R. Shah has been the 15th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health since 2011. A native of Buffalo, he graduated with honors from Harvard College, and has an M.D. and M.P.H. in medicine and chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University. 

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