“If you could do/build anything, what is one way that you would make use of data to improve health in your community?”

That was the question posed at the recently concluded Massive Health + Massive Ideas for Health Innovation Contest. Organized by the good people at DC Health Innovation Week, we were impressed and very much inspired by the array of answers that came in.

We thought we’d share a few snippets, but see the full list here:

“I’d like to make use of location data, and push little health challenges to participants at particular locations”

“Integrate a map of my neighborhood, any neighborhood with calories burned by activity such that I can see if I travel from point A to point B by walking, pushing a stroller or riding a bike, I will burn so many calories. The map, or app applied to a map, can also show negative impacts if travel is done by car – calories NOT burned and carbon added to the environment.”

“I’d take data from the We Eat in America (WWEIA), NHANES and US Census Current Population Survey datasets and create a series of “Hot Spot” maps – showing counties with the lowest fruit & vegetable intakes, with the highest incidence of obesity, highest periodontal disease, lowest occurrence of vaccinations, etc. I’d overlay it on neighborhood maps, showing the density of various categories of health, food & fitness businesses & services – flagging areas with poor access to low-cost/free space for physical activity, little access to fresh produce, no access to low-cost vaccinations, etc.

THEN I’d overlay open/unused space.
Do we see an area nearby with critically low average veggie intake? Let’s look at food access options and figure out the reason why — then community groups can either work with existing local businesses to improve veggie promotion… or spot an open lot to start a community garden.”

"I’d like to build a data set out of the following information:
My current biometrics (typical “know your numbers” stuff)
An assessment of my health risks (do I smoke? drink? have family history?)
And use it to create a VISUAL, PREDICTIVE MODEL of my future health. To literally see … if I stay on this path, I’ll look like X and feel like Y in 10 years.”

That’s right, the possibilities are endless with data.

Congratulations to the following individuals who were randomly selected to win Massive Health t-shirts for contributing their ideas:

PF Anderson
Jessica Haufman
Bridgette Collado
Kristi Durazo
Loran Stefani
Maria Hayhow
Suzanne Grubb
Whitney Zatzkin
Joyce Lee
John Volock

Do send an email to andre AT pulseandsignal DOT com to get in touch.

We’re looking forward to DC Health Data and Innovation Week, where participants from all over the country come together to network and converse, applying useful data and ideas to transform health, and making better healthcare a reality.

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