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Health 2.0: Exclusive Interview with Susannah Fox, CTO of HHS


Susannah Fox, CTO of HHS, shares how she is fostering patient empowerment and engagement through technology. Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0, had the opportunity to personally chat with Susannah and learn more about the democratization of healthcare!

Don’t miss Susannah Fox at the 9th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. Purchase your tickets here!

Matthew Holt: Matthew Holt here, delighted to be on with a really wonderful amazing person in healthcare who is not only my friend but also the CTO of HHS, Susannah Fox.  Susannah, thanks so much for joining us.

Susannah Fox: I am thrilled to be talking with you.

Matthew Holt: Well, so those of you who don’t know — Susannah originally was a journalist at U.S. News and World Report and spent many, many years at Pew Research, and is basically leading the survey research understanding the patient experience — probably in healthcare as a whole but studying the patient experience with the use of technology.  She happens to be the first proper keynote speaker we ever had at a Health 2.0 conference back in 2008, attended Health 2.0 in many different places with us, and has been a great friend and colleague.

Health 2.0 DC Exhibit Hall Companies and Descriptions!



Health 2.0 Goes to Washington conference in DC last Monday, June 7th was an exciting and successful event. Thank you to everyone who attended along with HHS and ONC, who helped us put on a great show! 

We also couldn't have done it without the generous support of our sponsors and exhibitors…Everyday Health, dLife, ICYou, Gaming 4 Health, Enhanced Medical Decisions, Surveyor Health, Unity Medical, Vitality, Humetrix, Destination Rx, 5am Solutions, Terpsys, Aquilent, Sage, Kaiser Permenente, Cisco, RelayHealth, Practice Fusion, Vision Tree, Myca, Hello Health, Eliza and Alere

The DC Exhibit Hall was specially curated and different from any other event. We designated each company under a certain category and organized the hall to be a self-guided tour. To see a full list and descriptions of each company that was displayed at the event – CLICK HERE!

We know your all waiting for Matthew to publish his conference summary and survey…both will be coming soon!

Attention Innovators: The My Air, My Health HHS/EPA Challenge is Open!


When I came to work for EPA as an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, I hoped to connect my social science background with my passion for the environment.  In my time on EPA’s Innovation Team, I’ve found such connections in places I never expected.  I’ve grown particularly excited about our work on portable air quality sensors.

As a psychologist, I have learned that people care about a problem more, and come up with better solutions, when they see how it affects them personally.  Air pollution is a great example—when people can measure particulates on their jogging route, it’s far more meaningful than just hearing about the issue on the news.

The My Air, My Health Challenge, announced yesterday by EPA’s Science Advisor Dr. Glenn Paulson and Dr. Linda Birnbaum of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, aims to gather the best work in this area, and bring it to the next level.

The challenge calls on academics, industry researchers, and garage-lab do-it-yourselfers to connect wearable air and health sensors, allowing citizens and communities to collect highly localized data and create a meaningful picture of how the environment affects their well-being.

The data integration and analysis component of the challenge is particularly exciting.

A few weeks ago, I was privileged to attend the Apps and Sensors for Air Pollution workshop in Research Triangle Park, NC.  There, I listened to cutting edge sensor developers talk about their work.  They had some fascinating projects, ranging from cheap ozone monitors carried by students to a community initiative measuring black carbon in the homes of elders.  Our challenge took its final shape from these experts’ input.

Interview: Robert Armstrong, CEO, Appstem


Continuing my series of interviews from HIMSS17, is one with Robert Armstrong, CEO of Appstem. Appstem is one of the companies that quietly builds most of those ubiquitous mobile apps branded by health plans, pharma companies and a large number of product companies too. It’s an example of the hyper-specialization going on within technology, as even well funded product companies start to use companies like Appstem to build onto their partner APIs and build out their portfolios. An interesting niche and one that’s a lot more important that you’d think–it’s well worth a listen to Robert to find out more.

Why for Health Is a Terrible Idea


If you’re a hammer, you just want to smash nails; if you’re a programmer, you just want to build features. But features do not a successful product make. This is the central myopia that eventually blinds even the most brilliant engineer-entrepreneurs, unless they’re smart enough to surround themselves with people who can check their bias.

If you want an interesting example of this phenomenon, look no further than Adam Bosworth, the co-founder and chief technology officer at San Francisco-based health gamification startup Keas. There’s no question about this guy’s brilliance. At Citicorp in the late 1970s, he invented an analytical processing system that helped the bank predict changes in inflation and exchange rates. At Borland, he built the Quattro spreadsheet, and at Microsoft, he built the Access database. He was one of the first to propose standards for XML—the foundation of most Web services today. At Google, he helped to develop Google Docs before moving on to start Google Health.

But as everyone knows, Google Health was a failure—and so was Bosworth’s next effort, Keas, at least until the venture-backed startup went through a dramatic pivot in 2010. How Bosworth figured out that his old approach wasn’t working, and how Keas reinvented itself as a provider of health-focused games for large employers, is the tale I want to tell you today.

Health Hack the Planet: Japan’s Upcoming Code-a-thon


Health 2.0 and the Health 2.0 Fukushima Chapter are proud to announce the next competition in the Developers World Cup series: The Health 2.0 JAPAN Hackathon. On February 21st and 22nd, Health 2.0 will host this inaugural event at Nihon University in the Fukushima prefecture (map) in conjunction with Medical Creation Fukushima Exhibition and the Health 2.0 Fukushima Chapter Meeting.

The Health 2.0 Developers World Cup is an international innovation competition to improve the technology supporting our world’s healthcare systems. Through our local chapters, Health 2.0 invites teams to use the growing number of open health datasets and APIs now being made available to rapidly prototype health related applications for the chance to win prize money and international visibility. The first place winners of each local code-a-thon will be flown to San Francisco to face-off against other finalist teams at the 6th Annual Fall Health 2.0 Conference for the Developers World Cup title. Regional competitions are being held in New Delhi, New York, Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, Russia, China and Washington DC.

We’re particularly excited to see the results of this regional competition given the increasing popularity of hacking events in Japan. Hack For JAPAN, a series targeting solutions for disaster recovery after earthquakes, has established a strong community of developers ready to tackle big problems. With its more experienced teams, it will be interesting to see who Japan sends to the international finals in the Fall.

The competition has been divided into 3 categories because of the large number of innovators expected to attend. There will be a traditional Code-a-thon, a Design-a-thon, and an Ideathon. The Code-a-thon will center around disaster recovery services, smartphone use and Osirix applications. The Design-a-thon will focus on improving breast cancer exams and 3D virtual animations to improve patient-doctor communication. Finally, the Ideathon will look at how to improve healthcare for disaster victims, remote populations and healthcare recovery in Fukushima.

Registration is filling up quickly and there are only a few more days left to sign up. You can learn more about the event and register HERE but we recommend that you first fire-up Google Translate if your kanji is a little rusty.

It’s “Slack for Health Care”- athenaText



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By now it’s not a secret that EMRs are “records” and yet we’ve been trying to cram communication functions down their throat. Meanwhile the hottest tools in enterprise tech are souped up versions of AIM (remember that, you AOL fans?)– with companies like Slack & HipChat providing group-based instant messaging and changing the way teams work. As health care becomes a team sport, you’re going to see many approaches from the major EMR vendors and new entrants in the coming months to fix the communication problem. And yes at Health 2.0 this Fall I’ll be running a full panel on the topic that the Clinical User Experience Sucks–how do we fix it?

This week athenahealth, one of the few big cloud-based players in EMR-land introduced athenaText. (Don’t bother asking why there are no caps in the company name yet the simple word “text” gets a capital T in the middle of the product name! It’s as you’d expect an instant message product (rather than SMS one) but with some differences. For a start it integrates direct into the athenaClincals EMR, but it also pulls in both drug info and physician contacts from the Epocrates product that athenahealth owns (and which has several hundred thousand physicians on it). The goal is to spread the product virally (think Skype or Slack). But first things first. What is it and how does it work? I spoke with VP of UX at athenahealth, Abbe Don, to find out more and to get a demo, which you can see below.

Health 2.0 NYC Chapter, has meeting, needs a place!


Health 2.0’s NYC chapter is having a meeting this Thursday 4/2–-around 50 people are due to attend and it’s set to be a great session.

There is one minor problem though. Due to a last minute cancellation by the existing conference room sponsor the meeting needs a new venue. Please contact if you can fit ~40-50 people for tomorrow evening from 6.30pm on.

(Eugene does have a back up, but it’s not ideal! And no this is not an April Fool’s joke)

Join Us For Tomorrow’s Health 2.0 Show


Join us, tomorrow, October 19th at 10:00 AM PST as Matthew and Indu recap highlights from the 5th annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. They’ll be joined by two special guests: first, Alexandra Drane of Eliza will discuss and take another look at the popular Unmentionables panel. Then, Marco Smit, President of Health 2.0 Advisors will take a deeper dive into the special VC Advisory Session as well as the newest addition to Health 2.0, Matchpoint.

Also, our very own Jean-Luc Neptune will announce three upcoming Code-a-thons as part of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, and review the newest online challenges.

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