Category: Health Tech

Health 2.0 and the Big Bang

GlennIt’s hard to believe that last week’s Health 2.0 conference was just the third annual installment of the event. The phrase, “Health 2.0” entered our lexicon at light speed and seems to have been there longer than those few, short years. The conference has become a must-attend for hundreds of people, dozens of companies and a hodge-podge of innovators, consumer activists, and buzz trackers.The Twitter feed from last spring’s Boston event rivaled that produced by the Octomom (well, not quite), and had the wireless carriers supporting last week’s event not sustained a massive H1N1 attack, that feat would have been surpassed easily. Heck, even Aneesh Chopra, our nation’s first-ever CTO, was there to kick it off. Congratulations are in order for the conference organizers, Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt, but going forward they will have their hands full attempting to manage the wild growth of their event.

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Ur Doin It Wrong



Susannah Fox aptly illustrated what is happening in health care during the ‘The Patient Is In’ panel of the Health 2.0 conference with some amusing LOLCat pictures captioned “ur doin it wrong.” Put simply, when it comes to involving patients in health care and health information technology, chances are, ur doin it wrong.

When I was at the Fall 2008 Health 2.0 conference a year ago, someone asked me, “where are the patients?” Well, I didn’t see any there, but without a doubt, patients made their debut at the Spring 2009 Health 2.0 conference in Boston. When ePatient Dave spoke to the audience from the balcony, it represented a symbolic shift in health care. So, is the Health 2.0 conference doin it wrong? I don’t think so. Is there room for improvement? Sure.

As Trisha Torrey noted during the patient panel, while it’s nice that patients had their own panel, patients should be on every panel. Good point and well said! I do, however, think it is important to acknowledge that the Health 2.0 conference did a great job and has set a new standard for patient participation.

Months of preparation and work went into a video project documenting patients’ use of and experimentation with Health 2.0 services to manage their health. Thank you to Indu Subaiya and Lizzie Dunklee for truly putting patients at the center of Health 2.0 with that project. It will be interesting to see how upcoming conferences, especially those that claim to be about patients, measure up.

If you are curious about the patient revolution (you’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg), read Sarah Greene’s post: Participatory Medicine as Revolution! Think Critically! Communicate! Revolution is not about marketing hype and conferences with the word “patient” or “ePatient” in the conference name.

The days of 1.0 medicine and health care are over. Things will never be the same. You can join the revolution or get left behind. Kudos to the Health 2.0 team for supporting the patient revolution in health information technology.

Cindy Throop is a University of Michigan-trained social science researcher specializing in social policy and evaluation.  She is one of the few social workers who can program in SAS, SPSS, SQL, VBA, and Perl.  She provides research, data, and project management expertise to projects on various topics, including social welfare, education, and health.

Around the Web in 60 Seconds: Health 2.0 San Francisco

All Things Digital "Keas' Adam Bosworth speaks about new health care startup" by Kara Swisher

Fast Company "The Future of Healthcare is SocialForbes "Must Read Health Blogs 

Official Google Blog "Fall update on Google Health

NY "A White House Message to Healthcare Start Ups"

NY "Startups Aim to Transform Visits to the Doctor"

TechCrunch "Google Health signs 2 insurers. Only has 267 to go"

VentureBeat  "Two Dozen of the Most Innovative Healthcare Apps

VentureBeat "Will Health 2.0 startups usher in consumer-driven healthcare?"

iHealthbeat "FDA's growing role regulating Health 2.0, Health IT" by George Lauer

iHealthbeat "Federal CTO: Health 2.0 'Key Pillar' of Health Care Innovation"

American Public Media / Marketplace "Health care Meets and Greets Health 2.0

Reuters "Kaiser Permanente joins Health 2.0 accelerator"

Eliza "Eliza Has Quite a Happening at Health 2.0


The ugly, the bad, the very good and the great at the Health 2.0 Conference

So the Fall Health 2.0 2009 conference in San Francisco at the Concourse Exhibition Center is over. The bunting is down, the cocktails are drunk, and everyone can get back to the sanctity of the WiFi enabled office or home. (Yes, we’re sorry about that problem and need to stress that it was NOTHING to do with AT&T who graciously sponsored the conference but were NOT providing Internet access).

But it doesn’t detract from the fabulous experience of seeing perhaps the most amazing line-up of health technology ever in one hall together–not to mention some of the biggest names in the Health IT world going toe to toe. Health 2.0 had over a hundred speakers and nearly 80 live demos and technologies on display on stage–not to mention 30 more in the exhibit hall. We featured Health 2.0 Tools for doctors, ePatients telling us what they needed, and a stirring address from CTO of the US, Aneesh Chopra. Then there was some remarkable integration over unplatforms in the tools panel–(I don’t know how often Esther Dyson gives standing ovations but that was great to see). And there was so much more.

Congrats to Remedy Rx Ventures and Unity Medical–joint winners of Launch! But honestly we believe that everyone who presented had something important to show and say. Thanks to everyone who came, demoed, sponsored, spoke, volunteered and worked so so hard (especially the volunteers who stayed late on Wednesday to move tables and chairs).

We had a great time and we made a difference. There’ll be videos and more up here next week. For now, take the weekend off!

My more detailed comments are below the fold.

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Nursing a Health 2.0 Hangover

J.D. Kleinke

So it’s the morning after the big Health 2.0 bash and the hangover is awful. My head is awash with flashing screens of medical alerts, rainbow-colored demos of virtual patients flitting from one personal health app to the next, and a blur of snappy, almost sneering answers to the same old questions about user adoption, ROI, and business models. I just spent two days getting high on health care’s highest high-concept, I can’t log into my own health plan’s portal to look up a simple eligibility thing, and it’s dull, gray cloudy morning in San Francisco.Whither the 2.0 revolution you’ve been reading about all week? Was the blueprint unfurled before the cognoscenti by Matt Holt and the NorCal health care keiretsu? Was there an exhibitor booth handing out the magic bullets, along with the usual pens and mugs? Um – no.Perhaps it’s my own perennial impatience with health care’s miserable status quo; perhaps it’s a sign of the inevitable coming of age for the 2.0 community, or space, or ecosystem, or whatever the corporate concept jockeys are calling a market this year. But at the risk of offending Matt and my other good friends in the keiretsu, this year’s conference felt for the first time oddly normative, almost reminiscent of other conferences like HIMSS and the World Health Congress, where Big New Health Care Ideas run headlong into The Great and Powerful Health Care Inertia Machine.

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Health 2.0 Accelerator Demonstrates Integration of Consumer Web Apps and EHRs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 7, 2009 – Health 2.0 Accelerator member companies today joined together at the Fall 2009 Health 2.0 Conference to demonstrate a streamlined, consumer-centric integration among nine separate technologies creating a more streamlined user experience.

During the conference “Tools Panel”, eight Health 2.0 Accelerator members MediKeeper, change:healthcare, Sage, Kryptiq, MedSimple, Polka, ReliefInsite, PharmaSURVEYOR and Kinnexxus worked together to demonstrate a seamless, end-to-end user experience across disparate Health 2.0 applications.  The demonstration enabled a consumer persona to sign into their personal health record and utilize their personal and clinical health information across several applications while using Microsoft’s HealthVault data sharing platform without having to re-enter information.  The demonstration also utilized the Drug Code Lookup Service being piloted by member companies First DataBank and PharmaSURVEYOR that provides easy online access to First DataBank’s standardized drug codes to promote interoperability among Internet-based healthcare services.Continue reading…

The Big Day for Health 2.0

Yes, today is the big day for Health 2.0 or rather the first of two huge days. In less than 7 hours Indu and I will be stepping onto the stage and six months of work, rehearsals and excitement come to a climax. Many thanks in advance to all the speakers, sponsors, staff, exhibitors, volunteers and members of the Health 2.0 community for coming. We’re ready (or close as we’ll ever be!)

I can’t hope to capture all that’s happening, but here’s two big pieces of news. Myca just received an investment from Sandbox, the Blues venture fund. You can hear an interview I did with Nat Findlay, Myca CEO from a few days back here. You can see Myca both on the Clinical Groupware panel on Day 1 (today!) and in a sponsored Deep Dive on day 2.

And Keas, Adam Bosworth’s company, is formally launching on Day 2 and gets its own article in the NY Times today. You’ll be hearing more about this, and platforms and unplatforms throughout the conference!

Finally, THCB & Health 2.0 has its own little news. JD Kleinke (the Arriana Huffington of health care!) is emerging from a long period of seclusion and both pens his first article as a a THCB contributor today, but is also a very late addition to the “Can Health 2.0 Make Health Care More Affordable” panel at Health 2.0 today!

Olberman, hysterical hypocrisy expose

A really fun piece from Keith Olbermann as he shows how the entire Gang of Six and more voted for fully socialized flood insurance and yet seem to have a problem with an independent government run public option.  

Of course, now that a bill has finally left Baucus committee, our meandering towards a relatively inconsequential tinkering at the edges of the health insurance market is a little further down the path. But can we somehow arrange it that the bozos at the NY Times (yes I’m talking about Robert Pear and David Herzenhorn) please stop saying things this dumb:

the Democrats are trying to restructure one-sixth of the economy, writing a bill that will affect almost every American, every business and every doctor and hospital in the country.

The level of exaggeration in that statement is simply unworthy of the paper of record. Would that it were true.


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