How are Web 2.0 technologies changing healthcare? What are the implications of trends like cloud-based computing for major healthcare players like pharma companies and large health systems? What about mobile computing? What are the practical implications for providers? What can healthcare providers learn from like dominant Web 2.o players like Google? Silicon Valley legend Tim O’Reilly (The Web 2.0 conference, O’Reilly publishing) gives an overview in this keynote from this years Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco in October.
The notion that an online community could be embedded in a health care delivery system is still mostly foreign, but at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in San Francisco, October 7-8, 2010, we saw two examples. The Next Generation of Communities session introduced a collaboration between dLife and Geisinger Health System and a presentation from the UK’s iWantGreatCare.
And in the “stuff I should have posted a few weeks back” file, here’s my interview with Steven Krein, CEO of OrganizedWisdom. Steve (with Unity Stoakes) runs one of the more interesting companies in the online health search and content space. OrganizedWisdom uses actual humans to direct people looking for very specific information to the best content–via their core offering the WisdomCard. As you might imagine that’s harder said than done, so following me teasing Steve a little about him not being at the most recent Health 2.0 Conference (the first and hopefully last they’ve missed), I got him to talk about and show the new WisdomCards and the Expert Health Graph. It’s well worth watching and Steve also gets to hint about some forthcoming news about expanding the presence of WisdomCards much deeper into the health care experience.
A couple of weeks back Allscripts’ CEO Glen Tullman was on the Cats & Dogs panel at Health 2.0 and he said some pretty controversial things about the state of EMR adoption (yes it was happening), certification of meaningful use (it was being diluted and the tax payer faced being ripped off) and other vendors, or at least one other vendor from small town Wisconsin that wasn’t playing fair in the quest for interoperability).
Given that I always enjoy talking to Glen and also that he’s as responsible as anyone else for getting Obama interested in the concept of why EMRs and automating health care matters (and therefore why there was so much money in both Obama’s campaign pledges and in the stimulus package for EMRs), I thought it would be fun to have Glen back on THCB to expand a little on what he told us at Health 2.0. And yes there was plenty more interesting stuff where that came from. (Be warned, the sound quality is not great, but its completely understandable)