User Profile: David Hale

David Hale (lostonroute66)
National Library of Medicine
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David is the project manager of Pillbox, a National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health/Food and Drug Administration patient-safety initiative. Pillbox is opening government pharmaceutical data and transforming it into a platform for innovation, transferring ownership of public health resource to the communities they are meant to empower. The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has called his work, "a completely game-changing and fantastic idea." Known as a technology entrepreneur in government, Mr. Hale is a frequent speaker on the subjects of social media use by public health agencies, open government, and community engagement in the process of opening health data. David also co-chairs NLM’s Social Media Engagement and Mobile Development committee and has participated in research related to semantic and natural language processing of H1N1-related social networking communications. His work has been profiled on Lifehacker, Mashable, PBS NewsHour, CNN Health, as well as numerous technology, government, and pharmaceutical industry magazines and blogs.


Attended Medicine 2.0'09 (Toronto, Canada)
Thursday, September 17, 2009 to Friday, September 18, 2009
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Attended Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)
Friday, September 16, 2011 to Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Medicine 2.0'09 (Toronto, Canada)

Pillbox: Enhancing Patient Safety through a Mashup of Government Data, High-Resolution Imaging and Analysis, and Community-Developed Tools
David Hale*, Mike Kirkwood*

Medication identification is a key component in mitigating the 1.5 million adverse drug events which occur annually in the United States. Poison control centers receive over 500,000 medication identification calls annually. An IOM study reported that doctors and pharmacists can correctly identify pills no more than one-third of the time. While a variety of electronic databases exist to assist in the identification of unknown medications, quality standards for images of solid-dosage medic...

Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)

From Data to Wisdom: Baking Knowledge and Expertise into Government Health Data
David Hale*

The U.S. government’s Open Government Initiative focuses on transforming government data into platforms for innovation that directly benefit citizens. Empowering industry, academic researchers, and citizens to solve challenges requires more than a raw download. Data is only one component of the value that public health agencies can provide through open government. The missing link is their knowledge, experience, and expertise. These critical elements must be baked into a data system throu...

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