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Published on August 1st, 2014 | by Daniel Castro and Travis Korte


Comments to the Senate Finance Committee on Health Data Transparency

Earlier this summer, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and senior Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked the public for comments on health care data transparency, including what data sources should be made more broadly available and what barriers stand in the way of stakeholders using data more effectively. The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments recommending that federal agencies make taxpayer-funded medical research data accessible in a timely manner, federal health care programs release granular payments data, and federal research agencies encourage data sharing across the health care industry.

Read the comments.

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About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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