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Elder Research In New Class Of HHS ‘Entrepreneurs-In-Residence’

Tuesday, December 16, 2014  
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As mentioned in the Washington Post, the Department of Health and Human Services began its third group of “entrepreneurs-in-residence”. These private-sector tech experts and start-up founders will be spending a year advising the agency on its IT projects.

Paula Braun, a data scientist with Elder Research, is embedded in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to devise a better Electronic Death Registration System, so that the CDC can refine its analytics and predictive modeling.

Braun is joined by David Portnoy, chief technology officer of Chicago start-up Symbiosis Health, Danny Boice, chief technology offers and co-founder of Sterling-based conference-call company, Speek and Mark Scrimshire, chief technology officer at New York start-up Medyear.

Portnoy is working with the HHS chief information officer’s team to link disparate data sets, so that HHS can analyze a broader scope of information from other agencies along with its own data.

Boice is working with the HHS Administration for Community Living to help aging and disabled citizens keep track of health services.

Scrimshire is working with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to redesign the Blue Button, which lets federal beneficiaries, view health records electronically.

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