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.
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