Datapalooza, the Data Navigator, and more

Tuesday - 4/17/2012, 10:24pm EDT

Niall Brennan, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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April 17, 2012 -- This week on Federal Tech Talk, Niall Brennan, director for Policy and the Data Analytics Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services joins host John Gilroy to talk about Datapalooza.

What is Datapalooza?

Its an event coming up in June where 450 leaders get together go share ways to use new applications to use data from the government and other sources.

Brennan will also talk about the work being done by his agency, which processes 1.5 billion health care claims a year.

He is in charge of responding to federal initiatives of transparency and using data to make decisions.

Brennan was born in Ireland and has experience both at the Brookings Institute and the Congressional Budget Office.

He worked with Todd Park to make data more available to commercial organizations. The goal is to enable ways to reduce costs of providing medical care.

The "Data Navigator" at CMS is a great example of Brennan's work. It takes data that was on disparate parts of the CMS website and brings it together in one easy dashboard.

Brennan will be speaking at the HiMSS local chapter on Thursday, April 19, 2011. For more information, you can go to http://www.himss-nca.org/.