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Health 2.0 Accelerator — The waiting is over….

For several months there has been discussion amongst Health 2.0 companies about the concept of a Health 2.0 Accelerator. It started with Marty Tenenbaum’s introduction of the concept in September 2007. It continued with the discussion at the San Diego meeting in March 2008. Since then conversations and meetings among a small group have continued to define a first cut at what the Health 2.0 Accelerator should be.

The basic idea is for organizations to collaborate to create “public goods” —frameworks and strategies that will help all concerned to advance the industry. The way to do this is via projects that tackle particular problems, and leave behind frameworks and utilities that all can use.

The reality is of course going to be more complex, but we’re delighted to announce that the first project concerning moving pharmaceutical data has been announced, and the first principles and statements about the future of the Accelerator are now up at its own wiki at Health2Accelerator.org.

We are now asking for everyone in the Health 2.0 Community to become members, suggest projects, and contribute to the wiki. This is very much a work in progress, but we believe that the potential is huge. Please go to the new site, and contribute by giving us your comments.

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Dear Cathy, I strongly agree that all actual stakeholders (payers, healtcare providers, healthcare insurance and the med tech and life science industry) don’t want to cut cost and are not interested in too much transparency. I’ve been working in the european healthcare IT industry for more than 10 years now, and have experienced that everyone has another definition of change, and the complexity of the system has a self-limiting effect. We should move away from the traditional model of paternalistic medicine, towards a patientcentric model with the intent to deliver care more efficiently whilst improving patient outcomes. But who should… Read more »

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cathy, That was an incoherent rant. I started out agreeing with your point in the first post, but thought you took it too far. Nothing of value will be gained by a shouting match. Since cathy brought up health insurance, it’s worth remembering that insurers actually were among the first institutional players pushing price transparency. They have been doing it as part of the movement towards “consumer-directed” health insurance, which the more aggressive commercial insurers (United and Humana) have pursued most strongly. Many, including myself, have criticized “consumerism” as an inadequate response to the cost problem and also as, too… Read more »

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jd, I am not surprised by your comments that totally ignores the ground reality. Health 2.0 primarily focuses on creation and exchange of information(data). In the current complex and fraudulent healthcare industry, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year in lobbying not to let any changes to this chaotic system. If anything is transparent, the health insurance industry will die instantly. You must only be dreaming for insurance industry to let Health 2.0 succeed. This is not like Task-A or Task-B in your narrowed look of project management; this is about survival of this fraudulent health insurance industry.… Read more »

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cathy, I sympathize with your belief that Health 2.0 at this stage of the game will only be able to impact the margins of health care cost and quality problems, and that transparency in price and quality requires changes that extend beyond what Health 2.0 can provide. However, there is a basic fallacy in your logic when you conclude people shouldn’t be working on Health 2.0 projects now. The fallacy is to think that if the impact of B is (partially or wholly) dependent on A first being enacted, then we shouldn’t even start working on B until A has… Read more »

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Are we all living in the fantasy world or what? Healthcare is in crisis and people are dying due to lack of access to healthcare. Besides, healthcare is a non-transparent and fraudulent industry where you have no way of knowing the cost of service up front…and quality of care, oh it is a dream. Look at the status of healthcare in US. Of the 300 million population, about 50 million are uninsured, another 50 million are under-insured and another 100 million get the care from the Govt (Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VA, etc) leaving only 100 million with reasonable insurance coverage.… Read more »