It was still dark when I laced up my shoes for an early morning run. I’d charted my route along the Schuylkill River, hoping to get in eight quick and quiet miles before the rest of the city woke up. See, I’m training for a marathon and on that morning’s run (one of dozens of morning runs), I realized that conducting research is much like training for a marathon. Conducting research is hard, sometimes a constant uphill battle, and there are always bumps or curves in the road. Rarely do we get to sprint to the finish line when conducting research.
I’m a geek. A quantifiable geek. I’m a geek because I attended and ENJOYED attending the Health Data Initiative (HDI) Forum III: Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C. last week. HDI began three years ago with 10 people in a conference room and this year’s event drew more than 1,600 business leaders, academics, information technology gurus, non-profit leaders and policy makers. Comprised of keynote speakers, demonstrations, and group discussions, Health Datapalooza was an energetic, extraordinary opportunity to learn from key innovators in health information technology to promote access to and sharing of health data to improve patient outcomes.
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