Santa Clara, CA- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom urged a crowd of over 2000 health IT entrepreneurs and thought leaders to forge ahead in leading the health care revolution and not to wait on the government in his keynote at the Health 2.0’s 7th Annual Fall Conference this year.
Newsom observed that the innovation happening in health care technology embodies the “bottom-up” thinking that is defining the future of both health care and society in general. “It’s a whole new level of thinking: it’s platform thinking, not machine thinking. The world will be defined by mobile, social, and local trends. It’s not top down. The pyramid has inverted. That’s what Health 2.0 is all about.”
“Don’t wait for Washington DC. Government is on leading, cutting edge of 1973,” Newsom quipped. “Government is still building this big IT infrastructure that’s no longer relevant in the context of the world we live in. You’re moving past the mindset of building and buying to getting on-demand resources and creating platforms, to platform thinking, not assembly line thinking.”
The world is not only connected now but hyper-connected, Newsom noted. “We have a generation of millennials who are bathed in bits. They are wired differently. They’re not going to walk into a doctor’s office and wait 21 days to do something that could have been done over the phone. We’ve got to wake up to the world around us.”
Newsom finds hope in the innovation coming from the health tech visionaries gathered at Health 2.0, whose ideas are bringing a higher quality, lower cost health care system to reality. “Therein lies the optimism I have about the world we’re living in and what technology can do,” he said. “You will be responsible for the greatest revolution.”