Health Data Consortium will award $35,000 to three top teams at Health Datapalooza on June 3.
To learn more, I spoke with Health Data Consortium CEO Dwayne Spradlin. Last year, Spradlin reminded me, an earlier competition used a specially prepared CMS data set that had not been made public. This year, for the first time, the competition is based on public data. That should drive lots of discussion, and no small amount of controversy.
Last year, the competition winner was a team of doctors who had coding chops. You never know where in healthcare such tech talent may be waiting.
"I would be floored, in fact, if we don't have quite the diversity of individuals and teams registered," Spradlin said.
I responded that there is this conventional wisdom that healthcare is so far behind the technology curve that mere doctors cannot be expected to be the leading technology innovators, but instead must be rescued by the rocket scientists, Wall Street quants and other Brainiacs who populate so many venture-backed healthcare startups, parachuting in as if their ignorance of the healthcare system is some sort of advantage.