California Healthline: Public Health Information Portal Opens

by David Gorn

The state last week launched a new project — Open Data Portal — that could lead to a plethora of innovations such as mobile apps that help Californians find services for which they’re eligible or that locate the nearest services.

There really is no telling what applications people might come up with — and that’s the most exciting part of last week’s launch, said Este Geraghty, deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health.

“It’s a huge moment, we are so excited,” Geraghty said. “It has been a long time coming and we think we’re going to see a lot more value through increased accessibility of the data.”

The datasets now are open to public use. Geraghty made a point of saying privacy protection has been paramount in this project, and that the highly aggregated data is general and not specific to patients.

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