Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has asked the House Appropriations Committee to approve $1.1 billion for big-data modeling, data analysis, and big data training and support.
The bill would provide grants to organizations that can support such research.
In a letter to the committee sent Wednesday, Graham wrote that the “possibility of significant and sustained improvement in the health and wellbeing of Americans should not be deferred until this nation has access to the most sophisticated and accurate information on our collective health and well-being.”
He added that this funding could help advance “the vision of the 21st century to enable better health outcomes for all Americans.”
Graham’s bill would create a new Office of Digital Health, which would coordinate the development of best practices in health information technology and make public data freely available to the public.
The office would have the authority to conduct and coordinate large-scale studies and conduct large-capacity public health data collection and analysis.
The ODS would also coordinate with the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Institutes of Health, and other Federal agencies to “build on existing, high-quality data, including clinical, public health, economic, environmental, demographic, and geographic datasets.”
The bill also directs the ODS to develop a strategic plan for the next 5 years to address “the need for increased transparency and accountability in the data and information that Americans provide for health care and health care-related services.”