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Good for Kaiser. Good for America.

Jun 4, 2013, 3:00 PM, Posted by Mike Painter

Mike Painter Mike Painter, senior program officer

Earlier this year, Fast Company released its list of the 50 most innovative companies and named Nike No. 1. In that article, Nike CEO Mark Parker noted, “One of my fears is being this big, slow, constipated, bureaucratic company that's happy with its success…. Companies fall apart when their model is so successful that it stifles thinking that challenges it.” Kaiser Permanente did not make the Fast Company list—this year.  But this nation-leading health care provider is working hard to ensure it’s not a big plugged-up company satisfied with its past success. KP works hard at innovating. KP's leaders and staff clearly do not take their past success and excellence for granted.

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Dispatches from Datapalooza: Day 1 Highlights

Jun 4, 2013, 10:00 AM, Posted by Christine Nieves

Christine Nieves / RWJF

From: Christine Nieves

To: Paul Tarini, Beth Toner and Thomas Goetz

Date: June 4, 2013

Why didn't you warn me that this conference is so enormous? Wow! As a first-time attendee, it is hard to believe that Health Datapalooza started just four years ago with 40 or so participants in one room. On Monday, more than 2,000 people gathered under one roof to advocate for the same cause, and I am enjoying learning from so many of them.

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Dispatches from Datapalooza: Focusing on the Patients

Jun 3, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Beth Toner

Beth Toner

From: Beth Toner

To: Christine Nieves, Paul Tarini and Thomas Goetz

Date: June 3, 2013

So, I’m not the “rookie”—as you are, Christine—nor am I a seasoned veteran like Thomas and Paul. This is my second Health Datapalooza. Last year, I’d been at the Foundation not quite three months, and while I’m a health care provider, I can honestly say that I felt completely overwhelmed by how much I didn’t know about health data.

There’s still a lot about health data I don’t know, but I’ve been lucky enough to connect (both virtually and personally) with great colleagues and mentors who have given me a glimpse into how powerful data can be. For me, it all comes back to the patient: How can we harness data to change the way patients participate in care? How can we help patients harness their own data?

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Dispatches from Datapalooza: Creating Change at Scale

Jun 2, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Thomas Goetz

Thomas Goetz

From: Thomas Goetz

To: Christine Nieves, Paul Tarini and Beth Toner

Date: June 2, 2013

Like you, Paul, this will be my third Datapalooza (I’m tempted to go all Woodstock and say I was there for the first, but… I wasn’t that cool).

I remember the second Datapalooza quite vividly. First, because I’d taken a red-eye from San Francisco and was fairly bleary, and second because I was completely unprepared for the passion and sense of potential that was on tap that day at the NIH auditorium. Frankly, I didn’t expect much; I figured a D.C. conference about data organized by the federal government wasn’t exactly going to be a hub of innovative ideas.

But my Bay Area provincialism was quickly scrubbed as Todd Park et al stunned me in the best possible way. In short, I remember that Datapalooza because it’s where I got a vibe that something was going on in D.C. around health care that was, if anything, more powerful and exciting than what was brewing in Silicon Valley.

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Dispatches from Datapalooza: Bringing My 'A' Game

May 31, 2013, 9:00 AM, Posted by Christine Nieves

Christine Nieves / RWJF

From: Christine Nieves

To: Paul Tarini, Beth Toner and Thomas Goetz

Date: May 31, 2013

This is my first time attending Health Datapalooza, and I am intrigued. I am fascinated by the fact that there will be a reception at the National Zoo on Sunday evening and a 7 a.m. run to kick us off Tuesday morning. It's not just any run, though—it will be led by Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s what I call intense!

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