OPEN LEGISLATR             THE OPEN WAY TO TRACK CHANGING                  HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION                       A ...
OPEN LEGISLATR                                    OVERVIEW              The Problem & Our Solution              Demo of Ap...
THE PROBLEM                       No Way to Track Changes in Texas Legislation                          @OpenTXLege | #TXL...
CURRENTLY, WHEN A BILL’S STATUS           CHANGES - YOU HAVE TO INITIATE A                    NEW SEARCH                  ...
OPEN                                                      LEGISLATR                                                       ...
DEMO SLIDE                       http://openlegislatr.org/                       @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.org...
MARKET AUDIENCE                           Journalists                           Healthcare Professionals                  ...
HOW WE’RE                DIFFERENT...                       @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13 ...
STRATEGY                       @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13                           The...
WE ALL NEED UP-TO-DATE                          LEGISLATION DATA                        @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegisl...
http://openstates.org/api/          OPEN SOURCE ON GITHUB                       @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgS...
THE TEAM              Gerald A. Rich                                  Paul Kwiatkowski               Project Lead         ...
OPEN LEGISLATR                                   @OpenTXLege                       http://openlegislatr.org/              ...
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Open Legislatr - Presented at Health 2.0 Houston Hackathon

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The project I worked on during Health 2.0 Houston's Hackathon March 2013 for Open Legislatr: http://openlegislatr.org/. This project was developed using Gerald Rich's idea (and lots of his sweat/brain power) for Code for America's Houston Brigade projects. The application development was led by Paul Kwiatkowski, the co-founder of GroupRaise.com. Peter Darke provided invaluable consulting on the data architecture for the application.

Find out more about Health 2.0 Houston: http://health20houston.com and Code for Houston: http://codeforhouston.com.

Fork Open Legislatr and Contribute to the Project on Github: https://github.com/codeforhouston/open-legislatr

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Open Legislatr - Presented at Health 2.0 Houston Hackathon

  1. 1. OPEN LEGISLATR THE OPEN WAY TO TRACK CHANGING HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION A Project by Code for America’s Houston Brigade @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13
  2. 2. OPEN LEGISLATR OVERVIEW The Problem & Our Solution Demo of Application Market Potential Usefulness/Applicability Level of technical and user design @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13
  3. 3. THE PROBLEM No Way to Track Changes in Texas Legislation @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13Imagine you are interested in keeping track of changes to a healthcare bill in the TexasLegislature.How do you do this?Currently this process is really painful and looks like this...
  4. 4. CURRENTLY, WHEN A BILL’S STATUS CHANGES - YOU HAVE TO INITIATE A NEW SEARCH @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/resources/FollowABill.aspxThe site explains how to follow a bill - their instructions direct you to a new URL ornotification system/calendar for each of the different status changes.Currently, each time there is a status change in a Bill, anyone trying to follow those updateshas to seek a new information source to find out what’s new.
  5. 5. OPEN LEGISLATR SENDS YOU THE LATEST STATUS UPDATES @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13Open Legislatr is going change that and make it easier for you to track bill changes bysending status changes and the key information about those changes directly to you, in realtime.
  6. 6. DEMO SLIDE http://openlegislatr.org/ @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13As compared to the option of entering your own custom search or specify the Bill you want totrack, look at how the current search is set-up - http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Reports/BillsBySubject.aspx?ID=subject&LegSess=83R&Cat=I(It’s painful - you’ve been warned)
  7. 7. MARKET AUDIENCE Journalists Healthcare Professionals  Lobbyists/ PACs Educational Institutes/ISDs Pharmaceutical Insurance/Medicare Lawyers @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13All of these groups of people have an ongoing need for up to date healthcare legislation data in order tomake informed decisions, forecast and prepare for industry changes, and educate the public andpoliticians about key issues.
  8. 8. HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT... @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13 • value proposition/competitive advantageno one else let’s you search by topicsnone track the trends in most popular Bills, most tweeted/socially shared
  9. 9. STRATEGY @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13 The Plan for Expanding and Growing our User Base:Use Code for America’s Network of Cities to Integrate More State Legislation Data through API’s, andContinue Development of the App plus gather the data on* the most popular Bills by keywords*analytics on who’s influential on twitter and other social networks* what key trends in state legislation changes are occurring online
  10. 10. WE ALL NEED UP-TO-DATE LEGISLATION DATA @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13 Usefulness/Applicability: * relevance to health tech - changes in health related legislation helps keep the public better informed and helps healthcare industry experts track relevant legal changes and trends so they can make better decisions. * would the target audience actually use it? - Definitely - the user experience was ultimately our focus in designing the search tools and the information feed on the front end. On the back end, the data we’re tracking on search phrases most commonly used, Bills viewed, and social engagement and influencers segmented by topic/Bill is invaluable to understanding voter interest in different legislative issues. * does this tech take into consideration challenges specific to health tech?  every day there is a group protesting outside the capital - they all need up to date information
  11. 11. http://openstates.org/api/ OPEN SOURCE ON GITHUB @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13 Level of technical and user design: integration of technical components (APIs and datasets) - tumblr and Ruby on Rails - RSS feeds - API datasets: currently just the Open States API by the Sunlight Foundation, but we’ve built backend functionality into the app that makes it easy to plug in additional API’s to expand or customize to pull in the data sets specifically wanted by different states and legislative topics. degree of function/completeness - about 80% complete right now Ways we’ve improved User Experience from the competition:• better search tools (mentioned earlier)• RSS feeds of each Bill and the changes• User can subscribe to receive notifications for a specific Bill and track changes, pass/fail, votes, and more
  12. 12. THE TEAM Gerald A. Rich Paul Kwiatkowski Project Lead Application Developer Sarah M Worthy Peter Darke User Experience Data ArchitectSunday, March 24, 13We all do other things and these are our roles with developing Open Legislatr
  13. 13. OPEN LEGISLATR @OpenTXLege http://openlegislatr.org/ THANK YOU! @OpenTXLege | #TXLege | OpenLegislatr.orgSunday, March 24, 13

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