Health Data

Engagement, research, and analysis.

WHR is a non-profit organization founded on the principle that health should be engaging and accessible to the individual. We analyze health data and disseminate knowledge to help the public make informed decisions about their health. We specialize in the areas of big data analysis, data collection, game design and development, and behavioral health economics. Our goal is to improve the health of communities across the United States.

Updated News -
Dec. 2014 - Our new game development is underway. Hope to have a beta version by late 2015.
Oct. 2014 - WHR is officially a 501(c)(3)!
Feb. 2014 - Accepted abstract to SGIM - "Evaluating Inpatient Hospital Charge Variability Using Local Health and Market Factors", James Park MD,MPH,MSHP, Edward Kim PhD, Rachel Werner MD,PhD.
Oct. 2013 - 1st place winner of RWJF Games to Generate Data Challenge and $100,000!
Oct. 2013 - 2nd place winner of RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge and $3,500!

Data Analysis

Statistical Analysis and Machine Learning

Our team leverages mathematical models to analyze big data. We perform and publish academic research in behavioral economics, statistical analysis, visual pattern recognition, cluster analysis, optimization, and more. See our recent analysis of hopsital pricing data which won 2nd place in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Hospital Price Transparency Challenge.

Our publication will be available soon!


Using game theory to drive engagement

We use gamification techniques such as storytelling, personalization, and immediate feedback to drive user engagement. We also create serious games for health, learning, and behavior change. We are excited to announce that we are the first place winner of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Games to Generate Data Challenge and the recipient of $100,000!

A new version of our game is currently in production, but you can see our winning slide deck here.

The Group

Co-Founders. Who we are and what we do.

James Park, MD, MPH, MSHP

James is a general internist and health services researcher interested in using behavioral economics to increase the value of health care through improved medical-decision making. After completing a combined MD and MPH degree at Rutgers, Robert Johnson Medical School, he then went to the University of Michigan for his internal medicine residency training. With continued interest in public health and health economics, James entered a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused his research on improving patient and provider medical decision-making through behavioral economics. Currently, he is an Instructor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he continues his research promoting healthy choices.

Edward Kim, Ph.D.

Edward is an Associate Professor at Drexel University in the Computer Science department. He completed his BSE and MSE at the University of Pennsylvania in the areas of Computer Science and Computer Graphics and Game Technology. He continued to get his Ph.D. at Lehigh University in the areas of Computer Vision and Biomedical image processing. Ed is interested in researching innovative ways to advance health research through machine learning, pattern recognition, game technology, computer vision, and computer graphics.


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