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Health Data Consortium Seeking New CEO

August 5, 2014
by David Raths
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Dwayne Spradlin stepping down as organization moves into next chapter

The Health Data Consortium’s CEO, Dwayne Spradlin, has announced he will leave that position at the end of September. Spradlin, who has led the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization since February 2013, will remain on the board of directors.

From 2006 to 2013, Spradlin was CEO of InnoCentive, a pioneer in open innovation and crowdsourcing.

A new CEO is expected to be in place by the beginning of October.

The Health Data Consortium (HDC) was founded in 2012 with the goal of “liberating” health data to ignite innovation and foster collaboration amongst health data users. It puts on the well-attended Health Datapalooza in Washington each year. The 2014 event had more than 2,000 attendees over three days.

HDC also has created an affiliate program. The regional affiliates work to promote the ideals of open data in health around the country. They host events and build local networks of groups including startups, entrepreneurs, health companies, universities, government agencies, and other innovators to create an ecosystem around using open data to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities. There are currently affiliates in nine states.

In a blog post, Spradlin said that in HDC’s next phase, the movement would accelerate, “with HDC organizing programs and activities that bring together the people and ideas needed to compel action and harmonizing the voices and activities of the many stakeholder groups that must work together. It is in this chapter that HDC, working closely with its members, partners and affiliates, will truly take center stage, driving numerous programs that will educate, convene, inspire, and galvanize.”

HDC also recently hired Lauren Ellis as director of policy and gvernment affairs. She previously served as senior policy advisor to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri).