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Health Innovation Challenge launched

ALBANY - State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced the launch of New York State's inaugural Health Innovation Challenge, a four-month project that is being held in collaboration with the New York State Health Foundation.

The event comes a year after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the debut of, a comprehensive state data transparency website that provides user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The site is a part of Governor Cuomo's Open NY initiative, which aims to make state government more open, innovative and cost-effective.

The Open NY site has been bolstered by an Executive Order that directs all state agencies to catalogue data that they collect and take steps to make public data available on the Open NY website.

Since then, the state has released millions of additional records from multiple government agencies, including campaign contribution and expenditure records from the New York State Board of Elections dating back to 1999 and state lobbying and enforcement records from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Releases have also included attorney registrations as far back as 1898 from the Office of Court Administration; and information on public authorities from the Authorities Budget Office. Other releases include:

  • Addition of more than 100 transportation datasets, maps, and charts including data from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportation, Thruway Authority, Capital District Transit Authority, and the NYS Bridge Authority.
  • Issuance of Open Data Handbook providing guidelines to government entities participating in for identifying, reviewing, and prioritizing publishable data for publication – with a foundational emphasis on high quality, and metadata and documentation requirements.
  • Updated Openbudget.NY.Gov with FY 2014-2015 budget data, allowing an insider's look at the Executive Budget Plan.

Other releases were highlighted in a press release issued March 18, 2014, "Governor Cuomo Highlights Open NY for Sunshine Week," available at: