Although the term Web 2.0 is overused and over hyped, the basic concept behind Web 2.0 is still worth considering … user generated content, interaction, and engagement. In addition to various on-line mechanisms to promote greater openness and transparency regarding eHealth standards and policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will make federally generated community health data available through the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI). According to the HHS, CDHI is “turning to Web application developers, mobile phone applications, social media, and other cutting-edge technologies” to “put our public health data to work”. According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:
“Our national health data constitute a precious resource that we are paying billions to assemble, but then too often wasting …. As a nation, we can and should harness the exploding creativity in our information technology and media sectors to help us get the most public benefit out of our data investments.”
Anyone aware of similar initiatives in other countries? I continue to be amazed at the extent to which the US gov’t is aggressively pursuing an “open government” policy. I wonder if the Canadian Institute for Health Information is considering a similar initiative? Might be a policy for ITAC Health, on behalf of their members, to promote.