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September 5, 2019

Teams sought for data and analytics challenge to help improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in Indiana

Mom Baby Datapalooza

Expertise needed to turn data into insights and innovations

A collaboration of Hoosier organizations is issuing a challenge — transform newly released data into insights and solutions that help improve the health of Hoosier mothers and babies. The data challenge is called the “Healthy Mom + Baby Datapalooza.”

Regenstrief is working with Indiana Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Management Performance Hub (MPH) and Resultant (formerly KSM Consulting) to organize the competition. The event is being hosted at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 5.

The goal of the Datapolooza is to help improve the suite of data and tools available for Indiana’s OB Navigator program. Professional and student teams are encouraged to explore, analyze, and visualize the data in new ways to provide insights to improving maternal and infant health in Indiana.

How the Datapalooza works

Multiple state agencies released de-identified data sets on September 3 involving real mothers and babies here in Indiana. The information includes emergency department visits, prescriptions and pre-term deliveries. The challenge is to interpret that data to answer key questions and present insight into issues surrounding infant and maternal health in Indiana. The top 10 finalists will be invited to present their solutions during the Datapalooza event. Additional top teams will be invited to participate in a poster competition during the event.

Timeline of Data Challenge

  • Datasets published Sept. 3
  • Register through Sept. 23
  • Proof of concept due Sept. 25
  • Finalists notified Sept. 27
  • Datapalooza finals and presentations Oct. 5 in Fort Wayne

Click here to register

Maternal and Infant Health in Indiana

Indiana is one of the worst states for infant and maternal health. Governor Eric Holcomb set the goal of making the State’s infant mortality rate the lowest in the Midwest by 2024. To aid in the effort, he signed a bill called the OB Navigator program.

The OB Navigator program works to identify women early in their pregnancies and connect them with a community-based health worker who provides personalized guidance and support through pregnancy and the first months of the baby’s life.  The objective is to address health concerns and other needs the mother and child might have, such as food insecurity.  The Datapalooza was organized to support these efforts.

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