Penn Medicine


Open Data for Health

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Penn Medicine and the City of Philadelphia are piloting an incubator for applying open data to improve the quality of public health and health care delivery.

How It Works

  1. Team leaders propose a use for an open data set and agree to work on the project, if selected, as part of a team including students during the fall and/or spring semesters. Deadline to apply is July 28, 2017.  Learn more about the data sets currently available and how to request new sets here.
  2. During preparation of the proposals, staff at the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation can help answer questions about data sets; just email to start a conversation about your idea.
  3. In August, proposals will be selected to move forward; there is no specific limit to the number of proposals selected. All proposals will be notified of whether they are “matched” with a data set by September 5, 2017.
  4. In September, Penn students are invited to be matched with teams.
  5. Design phase, September - December, 2017. The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation assists the team, including the team leaders, colleagues, and students, to explore the problem area and solution ideas.
  6. Build phase, January - April 2018.  Penn Engineering students can join the team to write software implementing data analyses and/or user interfaces (e.g. a web site or mobile app).
  7. Each prototype should then be tested with the specific population segments it was designed for in order to evaluate effectiveness.
  8. If the data set was shared only with the project team (closed beta) during the project, the City may later be able to release it for broader access.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs.

Submit your proposal

The submission period for this opportunity has passed.  Stay tuned for information about winning submissions and next steps in late August.


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14th Floor, South Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104 

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