The Federal government should take the initiative in consolidating the oversight of health data reporting standards, quality, and reporting standards. So says a HHS-funded report by the American Health Information Management Association.
The CEOs of Ford, GM, and Chrysler support HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt’s initiative for transparency and standardization in health data, and have committed to providing health data for their employees as part of the plan. The Big Three automakers are also backing a Michigan-based e-prescribing initiative.
There should soon be some interesting research, innovation, and business opportunities in mining and interpreting pooled, publicly-available health claims data.