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Liberating Data to Transform Health Care: New York’s Open Data Experience


Published in a June 24th Viewpoint article for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Erika Martin, Natalie Helbig, and Nirav Shah provide examples of how people and organizations outside of state government are using New York State's Health Data NY . This work was supported by grants from the New York State Health Foundation, which supported the fall 2013 workshop, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Services and Systems Research program (grant ID# 71597). Read full article>>

Opening Health Data: What Do Researchers Want? Early Experiences with New York's Open Health Data Platform


In this 2014 article in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Erika Martin, Natalie Helbig, and Guthrie Birkhead present the full results of the November 2013 one-day workshop which explored the experiences of health researchers and practitioners in using open health data, practical challenges to obtaining and using open health data, and opportunities made available by opening health data in New York State. This work was supported by grants from the New York State Health Foundation, which supported the fall 2013 workshop, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Services and Systems Research program (grant ID# 71597).
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Open Data Priorities: Aligning Public Health Researchers’ Needs with Agencies’ Organizational Capacities to Release Data


In April 2014, Erika Martin presented a poster at the 7th Annual Keeneland Conference for Public Health Services and SystemsResearch, in Lexington, Kentucky. The poster provided preliminary results of the November 2013 Open Health Data: Open Opportunities workshop. The conference is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Feedback to New York State DOH


In March 2014, Erika Martin and Natalie Helbig presented findings from the November 2013 Open Health Data: Open Opportunities workshop to the Health Data NY team at the New York State Department of Health. One main take-a-way finding was that researchers’ ideal health data have the following characteristics: geocoded, longitudinal, small area granularity and the capability to link multiple datasets and across data types and sources. See full presentation>>

Testing the Usability and Fitness of Open Data for Public Health Research


In January 2014, Erika Martin received a two-year career development award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to undertake a major researcher initiative to facilitate the release of open data that are fit for public health research, and to make recommendations on building a community of practice oriented towards using open data to support research on critical public health issues. This project builds off the findings from the Open Health Data: Open Opportunities workshop. Check back for updates on project findings>>