Health 2.0

Health 2.0

Two big deals in Health 2.0

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John Halamka writes about the small but important meeting this week at Harvard Medical School hosted by Zak Kohane and Ken Mandl. Because of the impending arrival of about 1,000 of my best friends next week at Health 2.0, I couldn’t go to that meeting. But it may be very important in putting the “cats and dogs” together to think about ways for new platforms with players like Halamka and David Kibbe (who have not been on the same side of these issues) both taking part.

Meanwhile, yesterday Microsoft released My Health Info. I got a quick preview and it’s essentially a layer over HealthVault that allows both Microsoft and others to build widgets that can be arranged on sites like MSN Health (and presumably many more to come) which directly connect with the individual’s data in HealthVault. It essentially is the cool user interface that HealthVault has been missing and it’s more evidence of Microsoft’s serious intentions in consumer health care.

If you’re at Health 2.0 next week you’ll see Microsoft’s My Health Info and hear much, much more about what David Kibbe is calling Clinical Groupware, and also many demonstrations about we’re starting to call “unplatforms”.

While health reform is arguing about multiple amendments in Baucus’ committee and making some of us despair, the tech world is showing some real promise.

The Health 2.0 Accelerator is really gunning it…

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The Health 2.0 Accelerator was a glimmer in the eye of Commerce.net’s Marty Tenenbaum late in 2007. But under the dedicated leadership of Julie Murchinson and Aaron Apodaca, something quite remarkable is happening. The Accelerator is an industry consortium, mostly made up of very small Health 2.0 companies who are just getting started in their own young lives. But working together they’re integrating data and services in a way that’s going to make consumers’ use of online health tools very different from the patchwork we see today.

And the effort is getting attention. Today Kaiser Permanente announced that it was joining the Accelerator, moving alongside Sage and Catholic Healthcare West as corporate members. And in the wings is a major health care data player, who’s going to be adding their seal of approval next week.

What’s happening here is the evolution of an ecosystem—an ecosystem where innovation on the web and in mobile Health 2.0 is now finding ways to present itself to consumers and healthcare organizations in new ways.

I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag completely, but I think that anyone who’s interested in seeing the evolution of Health 2.0 and the evolution of health care consumer technology will be fascinated by what around a dozen Health 2.0 Accelerator members are going to show—together—at the tools panel at the Health 2.0 Conference next week.

In the meanwhile kudos to Julie and Aaron, to Erick & Linda von Schweber from PHARMASurveyor who’ve been founding board members and have driven the technical process, to the folks from Sage who were great early supporters and to the more than 100 people and companies who’ve been supporting the Accelerator.

They’ve all made a real difference. And it’s just beginning.

SXSW–Vote for me, or those other guys!

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So in Austin every year they have this SXSW conference. Indu goes every year and raves about it. Last year Jay Drayer from CareFlash put me on a panel (but it didn’t get selected). This year he has a different group. But don’t worry, Feelgoodnow.com has proposed a panel entitled Sick Clicks: The Evolution of Health Online that will feature me and other buds including Susannah Fox, Associate Director of Digital Strategy at the Pew Internet & American Life Project,Catherine Ulbricht, founder of Natural Standard and Jay Parkinson, founder of HelloHealth.com.

The bizarre thing is that SXSW is a democratic event and you have to vote for it. So please go vote for us here. And if you want to vote for Jay Drayer’s motley crue, well they’re here (and they’re pretty damn good too…)

Data drives decisions? Crowd-sourcing as the future of research

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So, I get back from lounging on the beach in Hawaii to find that two strands of the THCB and Health 2,0 worlds have connected! At the Health 2.0 Conference we’re going to be hearing from 23andme, PatientsLikeMe, Pfizer, MedHelp, Within3 and more about the role that crowd-sourced data has on the future of decisions and discovery.

And then in the NY Times today there’s an excellent article all about this called Research Trove – Patients Online Data. And the author is THCB alumna Sarah Arnquist, who is now in Africa studying health care in Uganda.

Interview with Al Waxman, Psilos Group

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Al Waxman is a healthcare entrepreneur who these days runs the Psilos Group, a venture firm that invests in health care services, health care IT and device and instrumentation companies. Among their better known investments are Active Health Management, Health Hero Network and Definity Health–now all acquired by publicly traded companies. This is a wide ranging conversation about Al’s investment philosophy, his desire to get VCs more involved in health care, his mistrust of politicians and where he thinks health care technology is headed. Here’s the interview.

Al will also be on a panel at Health 2.0 on October 6-7 talking about whether Health 2.0 can make health care more affordable.

IDEO and Ix Innovation Design

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Ionescu_Arna_217pxNext week Matthew will be in a workshop with the folks from design firm IDEO and our friends from the Ix Center. In preparation we’re posting this article from IDEO’s Arna Ionescu who was at the recent joint Health 2.0 Meets Ix Conference on a panel moderated by the Center for Information Therapy’s President Josh Seidman. And if that wasn’t all incestuous enough, this post was originally on Josh’s blog over at Ix.

Thank you to those of you who participated in our interactive webinar last Tuesday. During the webinar we used IDEO’s design approach to tackle the challenge of providing effective Information Therapy (Ix) to a fictional character named Vernon, who has minimal resources and was  recently diagnosed with high blood pressure.

To inspire solutions for this challenge, members of the IxAction
Alliance submitted images of unexpected learning moments in their daily
lives. These images spanned from public service billboards to Snapple
caps and restaurant placemats. In advance of the webinar, the IDEO team
synthesized the images into brainstorm questions.

The webinar attendees voted and selected the brainstorm question,
“How Might We leverage curiosity to prompt Vernon to engage with Ix?”
Following IDEO’s brainstorm rules attendees submitted ideas using the webinar software.

More than 30 ideas were generated in the ten minute brainstorm, and
a second vote allowed the attendees to select which idea to pursue
further. Attendees selected the “High Blood Pressure Club.” We
discussed “$10, 10 minute prototypes” – an approach that allows us to
try out fast and cheap experiments to gain insight before costly design
and implementation efforts.

Health 2.0 NYC Chapter Meetup, July 9th

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Once again we are looking forward to an exciting and packed event on July 9th. So RSVP early and please make it firm.  Before we get to the agenda, I urge everyone to explore and endorse “A Declaration of Health Data Rights.”

Presenters:
1. HandHold Adaptive, LLC, Dan Tedesco –  Dan will present iPrompts – the portable, customizable, visual prompting tool for those with special needs.

Launch! Healogica–Clinical Trials Recrutiment service

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Healogica was one of the companies that presented at Launch! at the Health 2.0 Meets Ix conference in Boston in April. I felt that the quality of the Launch! companies as so strong that they all deserved to be featured to more than the 200 people in the room who saw it.  So on the spur of the moment I offered all of them a spot on THCB to get them a little more visibility. And now there’s a flood of three minute videos headed our way.

First up is an innovative clinical trial recruitment service called Healogica. And yes it’s new (which is the point of Launch). Watch the short video below to get an idea and investigate further over at Healogica

Me & Mr Jones, (Jr.)

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I met Leroy Jones at Health 2.0 Meets Ix in Boston. He runs the Technical Jones web site, and is a veteran of both sides of DC politics (inside and outside of Capitol Hill and the White House). We’re definitely kindred spirits in that we both like technology, politics and health care, we both like explaining stuff and we both like talking! The results of our long and enjoyable conversation (he was sort of interviewing me) are over at his web site — Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.