Healthy Mom+ Baby Datapalooza

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Parkview Education Center

1919 West Cook Road

Fort Wayne, IN 46818

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Are you interested in improving the health of mothers and infants in the state of Indiana? Do you want to test your data science skills? Are you looking for an opportunity to show off your data visualization expertise? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, grab a team and sign up for the Healthy Mom + Baby Datapalooza data analysis competition.

A competition to unlock the power of data to support OB Navigator and ultimately improve health outcomes for Indiana’s mothers and infants

Indiana’s Governor Eric Holcomb has set an ambitious goal to greatly reduce the State’s infant mortality rate and achieve the lowest rate among Midwestern states by 2024. One step to achieving this is the OB Navigator program, a collaboration between the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). This initiative builds a network of services and support to wrap our arms around moms and babies to create healthier outcomes for both. As part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda, he signed into law House Enrolled Act 1007, which established the program. 13 counties are currently scheduled for launch with future additions anticipated.

To support these efforts, Indiana HIMSS in coordination with FSSA, ISDH, Indiana Management Performance Hub (MPH), the Regenstrief Institute, and KSM Consulting will conduct a data visualization and analytics challenge hosted by Parkview Health in Fort Wayne. Allen County’s status as a priority county to launch OB Navigator, along with its efforts to improve maternal and infant health, including Parkview’s high number of maternal home visits, makes the community a natural location to host this challenge.

By convening students, researchers, policymakers, health care professionals, and entrepreneurs from across the state, the challenge, will propel the exploration and analysis of Indiana’s data to deliver powerful insights and innovative solutions that result in an improved suite of data and tools for OB Navigator. Recently released social determinants datasets are expected to add an additional layer of insight. Solutions will be conveyed through the telling of a data story by participants presenting answers to key questions and providing concrete insights that are central to improving infant and maternal health in Indiana.

Additional information about OB Navigator including a schedule of public events is found at

How it works:

Multiple state agencies will be releasing de-identified data sets on September 3, 2019. You can explore those data sets here. Teams will then have until September 23rd to explore the data and submit a data analysis or visualization solution. The top 10 finalists will be announced on September 27th and will be invited to present their solutions during the Datapalooza event on October 5th. Additional top teams will be invited to participate in a poster competition during the event on October 5th.


Professional Team: $1,000 1st place, $500 2nd place

Student Team: $1,000 1st place, $500 2nd place

Poster competition: $250 1st place student team, $250 1st place professional team

General Terms & Conditions:

  • Participants will be responsible for their own costs of travel, lodging, and food (except for lunch at the event).
  • Participation will be open to the general public. Healthcare providers and academic institutions are encouraged to apply.
  • Participants are required to register as a "team". The teams can be made up of 1-5 team members. Participants are only allowed to participate with one team.
  • Participant teams are required to register in a student or professional division. A "student" team is one where the majority of the team members (>50%) are full-time students.
  • Participants retain ownership of all IP developed, except where incorporating IP of other parties.
  • Participants consent to be photographed/recorded at the event for use by IN HIMSS or sponsors.


August 12th - Registration opens

September 3rd - Datasets Published -

September 13 - Participant Webinar, 1PM EST Click here to access the webinar.

September 25th Noon EST- Deadline to submit initial proof of concept - Submit solutions here

September 27th - Finalists Notified

October 5th - Datapalooza event and Finalist Presentations

For contest rules and additional information, visit the event website


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email IN HIMSS with questions:

How can I learn more about the data sets and submission rules?

If you are interested in participating in the Healthy Mom + Baby Datapalooza, please join us on September 13th at 1pm EST for an informative webinar. Representatives from FSSA, ISDH, MPH, and Regenstrief will be on hand to walk you through the newly available infant and maternal health datasets, answer your questions, and provide additional details regarding the competition and solution submissions. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Eventbrite site for those participants who are unable to join live.

As a reminder, submissions for the Datapalooza must include at least one dataset from the Indiana Data Hub. Submissions may integrate data from other open data sources, but the use of multiple data sources is not required.

Click Here to access the Healthy Mom + Baby Datapalooza Webinar

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