Federal News Radio reports that online medical portal HealthData.gov is getting revamped by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The site, which has existed since 2011, is reportedly not suited to modern means of processing and collating data, so the Department will update the platform this summer to make communication between data owners and users easier.
According to its website, HealthData.gov's mission has been to "liberate" health data for various uses, including apps and other features that will benefit innovation. However, even though the site allows access to more than 1,900 datasets, it still needs to be coordinated in an efficient way for integration.
Ideally, entrepreneurs and innovators could use health data to develop solutions for real-time management, such as a healthcare comparison app launched by MicroStrategy in 2014, an example highlighted by iHealthBeat. To make such solutions easier to create, HHS wants to restructure its less convenient datasets.
The News Radio piece contains comments from Health Data Initiative in the Department of Health and Human Services Director Damon Davis, who spoke about the main goals of the refresh at a Washington symposium.
"What we are going to try to do is advance the platform to be something that is going to be more usable, better search, easier access to data sets that also will support more 'liquid' forms of data," Davis said. He also expressed a desire to "move away from all of these PDFs" that the site uses and focus on "machine readable formats."
Assessing existing health IT systems for possible further developments and uses of data is a task best suited to healthcare IT consulting experts. They can give strategic advisory based on the specific goals a health entity has as well as external market factors.