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Health 2.0 more interesting than porn!

Last Thursday I gave a talk to a very high powered group, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. My old colleague Matt Quinn is now working for the soon to be very rich Agency for Health Research and Quality (another HHS agency), and he lined up a series of talks for the committee on non-traditional data sources. Non-traditional, by the way, means about anything that isn’t from one of the huge Federal government household surveys (like MEPS) that’s used by HHS to analyze health care spending and consumption. John Halamka, CIO of BIDMC and Chair of HITSP, gave an excellent summary talk about data sources that are being collated and integrated in Massachusetts. It’s available on his blog here. Bear in mind that a LOT of work has already gone into putting various patient data sets together in that part of the country. The most encouraging thing was how relatively easy it was for BIDMC to interface with Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault, and how problem free those interfaces have been.

My talk was about Health 2.0, and given that it was less familiar to the committee I both introduced the concept of social networking and consumer tools, and discussed how it might be integrated into a national data capture strategy to improve quality reporting and hopefully spur improvements in medical care processes. Both talks are available here. You need to go to 4.48.00 or so to catch where I start. John’s talk is after the discussion

The slides are below:

The nice people at Slideshare have featured it as one of the most "favorited" presentations this week. But what I’m most proud of is that it ranked higher than a source of information perhaps more widely seen on the Internets. Find this talk in the screenshot below and check out what’s immediately below it! (Yes it is what you think it is!)

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  1. Saw this in my rss feed for slideshare. This is hilarious.
    We look forward to seeing more Health 2.0 content on SlideShare.

  2. Let’s see: According to that screenshot, “Geometry in Nature” is more popular than Elvis, and “Health 2.0” and “Molecular Bonding” are both more popular than “Penthouse.” Which tells us something, at least, about the kind of poeple who Web-surf their way to Slideshow to learn about sex, drugs (molecularly, anyway) and rock ‘n roll.
    Or it could be that no Pet-of-the-Month can match Matthew’s personal dynamism.
    Or any of a host of many, many, many other factors. 🙂
    Nice work, Matthew.

  3. RICH?
    ” .. My old colleague Matt Quinn is now working for the soon to be very rich Agency for ..”
    Yeah .. “rich,” on the backs of the U.S. working-class.
    Generation Debt, indeed, sir.

  4. Health 2.0 also includes a wide array of new web sites designed to help people learn more about their options and hopefully, pay less for the same quality care.
    One new web site http://www.healthcarebluebook.com offers prices by market paid by PPOs to their doctors, hospitals, etc. It suggests negotiating price – which some say won’t work – but personally I would rather have all the information in front of me when I talk to my doctor.
    There is also a new site that helps figure out COBRA pricing. A number of states are also trying to establish pricing databases that can help people see what care should cost in their markets. And there are sites to evaluate the quality of your doctors and hospitals.
    It may not be a cure all but at least I feel better knowing I have as much info as I can gather before I get something done.

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