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.
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.”
“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.
karmadata is a collaborative information service. We are creating a new platform for consumers of information to create and share data, visualizations, and knowledge on the web. We believe in individual users, not corporate subscriptions.