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Today, We Remember

abbywellskd —  September 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

To think 13 years ago, I was sitting in my third grade class with the whispers of voices all around.  It wasn’t until I returned home that I realized (kind of) what was going on.  With all the commotion and fast paced lifestyles people are living, it seems like today everyone still takes a minute or two out of their day to reflect on September 11, 2001 and the events that happened.

People across the country are remembering the men and women who fought for our country, the heroes we lost, and the families who suffered the loss of loved ones.  In karmadata’s backyard of Boston, MA, the BC Eagles will be wearing helmets, gloves, and cleats covered in the red bandana print in honor of Welles Crowther.  Welles passed away in the September 11th terrorist attacks after saving several people from the South Tower.

It seems as if every year, my memories of the day become less clear.  It is important to remember and it is the only way we will not forget.  I can remember the way I felt and the confusion that was going through my head.  The questions I had were endless and seemed to be answered more and more each year.   September 11th had a different impact on all of us, but today America comes together as one to take the time to reflect and remember.

Captain Josh Bordner displaying the gloves and helmet to be worn on Saturday.

On Monday, June 16th we were all ears when it came to NPR’s Morning Edition.  NPR’s Eric Whitney interviewed and featured karmadata on the segment Power to the Health Data Geeks, after karmadata won an award for myHealth.io at the 2014 Health Datapalooza.  We were very excited about this feature, almost as excited as when a new data set is released.

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Listen to full interview here:

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The patient facing service created by karmadata wins an award for providing meaningful information to patients at the 2014 Health Datapalooza, a gathering of over 2,000 of the nation’s healthcare experts, which was held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — karmadata (www.karmadata.com) today announced the launch of MyHealth.io, a website that provides patients in need of surgery the ability to find the best surgeon in their area based on each surgeon’s volume and the quality of his or her affiliated hospital. On Tuesday, myHealth.io received one of three financial awards from the Health Data Consortium at the 2014 Health Datapalooza, and the karmadata team had the honor of presenting MyHealth.io to over 2,000 healthcare data experts and patient advocates from around the country.

myHealth.io is our opening salvo in creating free tools for patients, putting them in the driver’s seat for making informed decisions that impact their own healthcare,” said Sean Power, founder and CEO of karmadata. “Each year there are millions of surgeries performed in the U.S. and most patients have absolutely no way to comparison shop for their surgeon. Most surgical patients end up accepting a blind referral, typically from their primary care physician, without having access to important information.”

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“The release of physician identifiable data from Medicare has changed all of that,” said Brendan Kelleher, Chief Data Scientist of karmadata. “We link surgical volumes by surgeon for each procedure to data on the surgeon’s hospital. This allows the patient to not only see which surgeon has performed the most procedures, but also specific quality ratings on the surgeon’s affiliated hospital drawn from patient surveys and quantitative performance metrics released each year by CMS. Now comparison shopping for a surgeon using important factors such as volume and quality is easy.”

“My job is to think about each patient’s experience on myHealth.io,” said Yesi Orihuela, Head of Design and UX of karmadata. “We built the site for healthcare consumers, not data or industry experts. Your journey on the site starts by entering your zip code. From there you are led step by step through a body map to find your surgery, a list of surgeons that perform it, and a map and data visualization that make it easy to identify and locate the surgeon that is best for you.”

About karmadata and MyHealth.io
karmadata is the world’s healthcare (big) data, simplified. Using big data and cloud technologies, karmadata is able to standardize and link the world’s healthcare data ranging from leading open data sources to private pharmacy and medical claims. karmadata created myHealth.io as a free service to patients to enable comparison shopping for surgical services and will expand to enable a broad range of healthcare consumer activities. Learn more by visiting www.karmadata.com, www.myhealth.io, or by following them on Twitter @karmadata @myhealthio

About the Health Data Consortium
Health Data Consortium is a collaboration among government, non-profit, and private sector organizations working to foster the availability and innovative use of data to improve health and health care. The Consortium advocates for health data liberation; promotes best practices and information sharing; and works with businesses, entrepreneurs, and academia to help them understand how to use health data to develop new products, services, apps, and research insights. Learn more at www.healthdataconsortium.org or @hdconsortium on Twitter.

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Making it easier to find and contact clinical investigators for studies based on experience in disease indications.

karmadata (www.karmadata.com) today announced the launch of its App Gallery, a revolutionary new technology platform for publishing healthcare data applications targeting user populations with very precise needs. Today also marks the official release of Indicate Investigators, the first App published in the gallery and built entirely with the karmadata API. Indicate Investigators is used by clinical operations users that need to find the best clinical investigators for any given disease indication – and then they are able to contact each investigator using emails and phone numbers supplied by the app.

“Our App Gallery represents a dramatic shift in how healthcare data applications are created, purchased, and enjoyed by the user,” said Sean Power Founder and CEO of karmadata. “We see enormous pent up demand for simple, fun to use, micro applications that are designed for a specific business purpose for specific users. We believe each App should make the user feel like it was designed for him or her personally. “

“Each clinical investigator found in the Indicate Investigators app has been linked to healthcare data across our platform, ranging from past studies, publications, grants, site and practice affiliations, payments from industry, and so much more,” said Brendan Kelleher, Chief Data Scientist of karmadata. “Our users simply type in a disease indication, and are presented with a list of investigators with experience in that indication. The list is then sorted by kdScore™ which considers all relevant data for that investigator for that indication. Each investigator has contact information such as phone number and email address.”

Indicate Investigators profiles over 300,000 clinical investigators across 4,000 disease indications, using data from sources such as the Bioresearch Monitoring Information System (BMIS – IND Filings), ClinicalTrials.gov, PubMed, Clinical Investigator Inspection List (CLIIL), National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), and many more. The raw source data is pushed through karmadata’s technology platform, and emerges as standardized, linked data. This allows for rich profiling of each clinical investigator, and the ability to query and visualize by related entities such as disease indication, geography, drugs, sponsors, healthcare organizations and other affiliations.

About karmadata

karmadata is healthcare (big) data, simplified. The karmadata team is on a mission to change the way users obtain and interact with healthcare information. Using big data and cloud technologies, we are able to standardize and link the world’s healthcare data ranging from leading open data sources to private pharmacy and medical claims. Our users can then follow items of interest (such as diseases, drugs, physicians, or corporations) through a real time Feed, and create impactful visualizations through their Datacards.

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Founded by Sean Power, previous founder of Infinata (BioPharm Insight®), karmadata curates and provides access to a linked version of the world’s open data sources in Healthcare, Legal, Energy, and other verticals.

BOSTON, May 7, 2012 – karmadata officially introduced its freemium website (www.karmadata.com) and API (www.karmadata.com/API) to the global data community at the Data 2.0 Summit, held April 30th in San Francisco. karmadata’s website enables users to find, visualize and share data of interest to them and their social networks. The karmadata API provides standardized linked data from the world’s data sources, allowing developers to design and build their own applications.

“The Data 2.0 Summit (www.data2x.com) was the perfect arena for us to announce our launch amongst so many creative and like minded leaders in the data industry. Our website will reinvent how professionals access and analyze data, providing access to 10s of millions of users that are blocked by proprietary corporate-only license fee models. Additionally, our API will provide simple, affordable access to standardized, linked data for app developers and system integrators to create things we couldn’t possibly dream of,” said Sean Power founder and CEO of karmadata.

karmadata was chosen as one of the top 5 data startups of 2013 to present during the Data 2.0 Summit. “karmadata’s vision and technology platform fit our 2013 conference theme of ‘Democratizing Data’ perfectly. We welcome their entrance and look forward to their disruptive activities in the business information space,” said Geoff Domoracki, co-founder of Data 2.0.

karmadata poised to disrupt the Professional Business and Information Services Industry

The current Professional Business and Information Services industry is a $100 billion + market, dominated by a handful of Big Information Vendors which utilize a corporate-only, up-front licensing model. This archaic standard effectively locks out tens of millions of would-be users and application developers who generally cannot afford the upfront costs of access. karmadata is utilizing innovative technology and cloud based scale, enabling a first-in-kind freemium pricing model for industry data.

How karmadata works

On a daily basis, karmadata processes high value open data sources, such as: PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System, the USPTO databases, and many others. These sources are primarily semi-structured text or XML that are not linked to each other, and provide no standards for querying, analyzing or visualizing. We have processed over 100 million records to date, and have identified over 6.1 million Entities that are healthcare providers, populated places, clinical investigators, diseases, organizations, drugs and more.

karmadata visitors can create “Datacards”©, which are meant to be mini-blogs, telling a data-driven and visualized story that is personal for the author. These Datacards can be easily shared on social media, third-party websites or embedded in blogs or articles on the web. Additionally, each of our 6.1 million Entities has its own Poster, with visualizations and an index to all the world’s data where that person, place, organization, product or thing can be found.

About karmadata

karmadata is on a mission to standardize and link the world’s data and to provide easy affordable access to it, to anyone, anywhere in the world. karmadata is currently a small and enterprising team of dedicated and experienced professionals with a common goal of redefining the industry standards of how data will be resourced, collated and shared among industry professionals and setting the gold standard for future data providers.

Currently seeking partnerships and investors

karmadata is actively recruiting investment, data provider and technology partnerships. For more information please contact Sean Power (media@karmadata.com)

@Data2x Summit Live Blog

yesi79 —  April 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

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9:15am: Opening Keynote by James Strittholt

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James Strittholt delivers the keynote at Data2.0 Summit on Climate Change through GEO data. James provided an amazing live demo of DataBasin.org in which he visualized the effects of climate change via interactive and configurable maps in realtime with high quality data.

9:50am: Heard a great quote

“90% of the world’s data has been added in the last two years”

10am: PANEL: From Climate Data To Technology Solutions

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Great discussion by the panel and was very impressed by Daniel Goldfarb, Partner, Director of Design Research, Greenstart who provided great insights in the current data inustry. Below are a few quotes by Daniel:

“The amount of ‘dashboard’ startups we see is staggering, but simply having a lot of data is not a business model. There’s a need for actionable end points for data driven decision making.”

“Gamification is the worst word in our industry. It doesn’t do anything in most cases.”

“Did you know that some of the small utility companies contract outside firms to retrieve email address of their own customers?”

A great question posed by Daniel Goldfarb: “Which car type do you think will be more prevalent in the next five years, EV or Self Driving cars?”

10:50am: PANEL: Data Science and Algorithms-as-a-Service
With a QA format, I’ve found it easier to jot down the best answers heard during the panel. Data is heavy but algorithms are light. Best strategy to address this difference is to place the algorithm where the data lives. A new strategy is to “burn” the model (IF THEN statements) into the chips themselves. Do you think data as service replaces data scientists? Absolutely not. How to use data successfully and what questions to ask become very important. There are many companies and organizations out there who don’t know they have data problems.

Algorithmia: Interesting startup that provides a marketplace for connecting algorithm developers with companies needing solutions.

12pm: Crowdsourcing the Oct Dataweek conference
During lunch the lead organizers of Data2.0 asked all of us to suggest topics we’d like to be covered at the next Data2.0 conference. Of the ideas suggested, then voted on by everyone, Data Predictability was at the top of the list.

12:30pm: Disqus demo of Gravity

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12:40pm: Fibit demo’d their latest product, app and API
Fitbit API can be reviewed here

3:20pm: PANEL: Democratizing Data: A business, technology, and society problem
How do we democratize the power of data? On the question of what are the inhibiters to democratizing data, Bruno Aziza from SiSense provided fantastic insights. Bruno outlined a few top inhibiters:

  1. Price: It’s currently too high a price to gain access to the data
  2. There’s an imbalance with the cost of storage versus crunching the data. It currently costs $1M to crunch 1TB of data versus the very cheap costs to store it.
  3. Although complex, we shouldn’t take an elitist closed approach to analyzing data. We should enable the consumer to analyze on their own without the need for experts.

Diego Oppenheimer from Microsoft touched upon the need for education to the consumer. With the increase of easy to use tools being created, how do we reduce the risk of incorrect conclusions made by the user.

On the question of how can we make users more data savvy, Diego pointed out that the issue starts with the fact that data is not clean and thus un-appealing to users to even get started. Diego mentioned that Microsoft has taken a visual and explorer approach with their Data Explorer product offering.

4:10pm Top 5 Startup Pitch Event
Out of 20 startup applicants across the country, karmadata was chosen along with 4 other startups to present during the Startup Pitch event. The other startups include Algorithms.io, MarkedUp, Vertascale and Virtue. You can read about them here.

Sean Power presenting at #data2summit #startup pitch event.

4:50pm PANEL: Big Friendly Data: Making Big Data Accessible to Non-wizards
How much of their own data is the average organization using? Only 15%. Organizations today can improve their use of data by simply taking a closer look at their own data.

What is the holy grail? It’s being able to take any business problem, use the data you already have and work with your current resources/team to reduce the amount of time to market (within 30days).

5:20pm: Top Startup Announced
Algorithmia.io was selected as the top startup.