Part of the HHS' plan is to move certain types of health data out of the bureaucratic silos where it currently resides and into patients' hands so they can take better control of their daily habits. The agency also wants to modernize its back-end systems so its data can be updated in real time.
There are tons of consumer products already on the market that provide individually generated data -- such as the FitBit activity tracker bracelet or apps that turn people's smartphones into heart rate monitors -- but few actually give the consumer good information on how to act on that data and make it useful, Sivak said.
HHS is about a month or so away from partnering with New York City-based Code Academy, to provide lessons and classes on how outside groups can use and build products around its data sets.
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