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Gov. Haslam Appoints Data Science CEO to Open Data Task Force

WPC Healthcare‘s Guzman to Help State Explore Open Data Policy

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., – Oct. 4, 2016 — Governor Bill Haslam has named Ray Guzman, chief executive officer of healthcare data science company WPC Healthcare, to Tennessee’s newly formed Open Data Task Force. The initiative, established via HBB2215/SB2427 earlier this year, will study the feasibility of the state government utilizing an open data policy.

Cities like Detroit and states such as Arkansas have convened similar task forces to explore ways to standardize and publish public sector information. These initiatives come on the heels of the adoption of the federal DATA Act in 2014. The result of having one searchable data set has implications for more efficient and accountable government agencies. Open data, and the analytics to be derived from it, could also identify new opportunities to improve service, optimize processes, or generate revenue for the state.

The primary goals of the task force, as outlined in the legislation, are:

  • Determine whether state agencies can collect or create information that would lead to information processing and dissemination activities, including using machine readable and open formats, data standards, and common core and extensible metadata for all new information creation and collection efforts.
  • Ensure information stewardship by the state agencies through the use of open licenses and review of information for privacy, confidentiality, security, or other restrictions to release

  • Determine if the state can build or modernize information systems in a way that maximizes interoperability and information accessibility, maintains internal and external data asset inventories, enhances information safeguards, and clarifies information management responsibilities.

Task force members include representatives from key state departments, but also six appointments made by the governor, the speaker of the senate and the speaker of the house. Guzman was appointment by Gov. Haslam.

“As a data science company, we have a unique understanding of how actionable insights gleaned from data can create, improve, and enhance processes. The State of Tennessee clearly recognizes the value of its data, and the potential locked within it, and I’m excited to contribute toward the important work of the task force.”

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Contact for WPC Healthcare: Amanda Cecconi, 615-473-7536


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