Datalanche takes a crack at unlocking medical data

Datalanche, a medical information search engine (in private beta), talked with Kaggle recently about it’s hypothesis that improving our access to reliable medical information will improve our health care. It’s a tall order given that most of our medical data is locked away at our doctor’s office, at hospitals and with insurance companies and never sees the light of day.

It’s mission is to find medical correlations, trends, facts or “insights” which can only be found by analyzing large amounts of anonymous medical data, and then it wants to share those insights. Datalanche entered a competition hosted by Practice Fusion, an online Electronic Health Record company to test its theory and described the process and results of its experiment here.

The startup said the competition showed that the medical data necessary to accomplish its mission is available. Now if only it could get its hands on more data it!