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Health Datapalooza 2015 to showcase health IT rock stars

It’s probably the only major health IT industry event at which you can play mini-golf all day.

Welcome to Health Datapalooza 2015.

The name of the May 31-June 3 conference pays homage to rock music festival culture, and Health Datapalooza flaunts its own roster of health IT, business and media rock stars networking amid a pretty free-form setting that also includes, yes, all-day mini-golf, yoga, and a “genius bar.”

This year’s scheduled keynoters include Bruce Brassard, president and CEO of insurer giant Humana Inc.; HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell; DJ Patil, M.D., chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Andy Slavitt, CMS acting administrator; and Steven Brill, author and founder of Court TV and The American Lawyer magazine and website.

One rising health IT star who will be on hand for the first time at the Washington, D.C. confab as chief organizer is Chris Boone, CEO of the Health Data Consortium, parent organization of the conference.

Boone, 35, an informatics expert and former health IT consultant, took over leadership of the group last October. He has moved quickly to beef up the consortium’s presence on Capitol Hill as a lobbying force for open data and as a serious group known for more than Health Datapalooza alone.

So with the consortium’s growing heft, the conference — always a must-attend for health IT thought leaders since its inception in 2010 — promises to be more interesting than ever.

In addition to the keynoters, the panelist lineup is a veritable all-star team of health IT luminaries.

Some of the main stage panelist names: former national health IT coordinator ; Ed Park, chief operating officer and executive VP of cloud EHR vendor athenahealth, Inc.; Niall Brennan, chief data officer for CMS; Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national health IT coordinator and acting assistant HHS secretary; and Todd Park, technology advisor to the office of the president (and brother of Ed Park).

Not surprisingly, many of the panel session topics revolve around big data.

Indeed, the Health Data Consortium’s main mission is to free big health data from its constraints in isolated storehouses in government, academia and business to make it more easily usable by researchers, developers and patients.

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