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Third Year of HealthCamp SFBay!

We are only a few weeks away from the third annual HealthCamp in San Francisco! This year we have 2 exciting opening speakers to discuss the foundation of everyone’s health – food!

Dr. Alan Greene has pioneered the “white out” movement to eliminate processed cereal and other foods for babies.

He argues to replace this junk food with whole grains and organic fruits and veggies. This especially resonates with me as I have a little critter at home who is just starting on solids…organic oats, barley, quinoa, black beans and all kinds of other yummies. Needless to say, I’ll be getting Dr. Green’s autograph after he speaks!

Our other speaker is Kaiser Permanente’s Dr. Preston Maring who has been actively promoting organic foods and farmers markets since 2003. Dr. Maring has written a cookbook with plenty of tasty organic recipes to choose from. We are going to try to get him to give a cooking demo and then feature some of his recipes during the lunch.

It’s going to be the tastiest HealthCamp to date! It’s on September 23, 2011 at the Kaiser Permanente Garfield Innovation Center in San Leandro. Tickets are very limited, register here!

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HealthCamp Brings Important Players to the Conversation

“Our mission is to assist the President in harnessing the power and potential of technology, data and innovation to transform the nation’s economy and improve the lives of everyday Americans.” – Aneesh Chopra, U.S. CTO

As one of the organizers for HealthCamp SFBay I’m pretty proud to say that this year is going to be even better than last year’s event! Not only have we secured Sprint as a major sponsor, finessed the scheduling and will provide more robust reporting, but we have also had both Annesh Chopra, US CTO, and Todd Park, HHS CTO commit to coming and speaking at the event!

Their involvement stems from our partnership with the Health 2.0 organization and agreement to co-host the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge (strongly supported by both Aneesh and Todd). What HealthCamp hopes to provide the DevChallenge is a collaborative venue for people to come up with new ideas for challenges (see current challenges), to form teams to take on existing challenges, and to share ideas on how best to tackle some of the issues involved with solving complex health related problems that involve private health data.

Both Aneesh and Todd are currently dealing with many similar challenges as they strive to come up with technology and policy recommendations that will meet strict requirements on many fronts from personal privacy to political agendas. It will be interesting to see what they have to say, come join us on October 6 at the Kaiser Permanente Garfield Innovation Center! Register here

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HealthCamp SFBay 2010 is a go!

The dedicated HealthCamp team that organized last year’s amazing one day unconference on healthcare innovation is back to do it again this year! We sold out last year and so it didn’t take much convincing to get Kaiser to agree to let us host the event again at their Garfield Innovation Center in San Leandro on October 6, one day before the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

We are currently working on the logistics and seeking key sponsors such as Intel and Cisco who were gold sponsors last year. We will again be focusing on the conversations and idea sharing but plan to integrate a more sophisticated way to capture and report back the learning to the community. Providing flip cameras to participants was floated as an idea along with live streaming of the the Twitter feed (#HCSFbay) like last year, but we are exploring other methods as well. It’s going to be another great event so please visit the HealthCamp website to register!


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Plenty of Food for Thought at HealthCamp

HealthCampI have to say that I’m pretty proud of how well HealthCamp SFBay turned out! After months of planning, the volunteer team kept the 200+ attendees on schedule while the many industry thought leaders contributed their insights to an open and vibrant discussion.

BoardKaiser Permanente donated their Garfield Innovation Center while both Cisco and Intel were the key sponsors of the event. Opening remarks were made by their key healthcare leads including Dr. Robert Pearl, Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Kaveh Safavi, VP of the Global Healthcare Practice at Cisco, and Patricia Perry, VP of the Digital Health Group at Intel.

Not surprisingly, their focus was on leveraging technology for better health outcomes. Specifically, online video communication is where the system will move toward as the population ages and mobility declines. For example, Cisco has their TelePresence technology which allows real time remote doctor visits (if you can afford the set up fees).

But what really interests me is how to motivate behavior change. A product research finding discussed by Tom Keegan from Smart Design was “compliance is a lifestyle”…shouldn’t it be “engagement is a lifestyle”?

The HealthCamp unconference format really helped instigate conversations and I felt that attendees came away with a renewed energy for facilitating change in the system – and a big smile from all the wine and cheese we served during the closing remarks and recap!

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Register now!

We are actively accepting registrations for the two healthcare innovation unconferences I’m working on in October:

HealthCamp SFBay in San Leandro on the 5th can be registered for at:

BIL:PIL in San Diego on the 30-31st registered for at:

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1st HealthCampSFBay event – GAME NIGHT!!!

gamenight-logoWe did it! The first official HealthCampSFBay event is happening on May 27th at Tech Liminal in Oakland! We are going to talk AND play health video games.

In 2008, the US gaming population totaled approximately 174 million, that’s almost 60% of the people in this country! Believe it or not, there is a growing movement to create games that can actually improve your health…

…come join the HealthCampSFBay team in exploring what’s developing on this exciting health gaming front – and then try out the games yourself! Healthy beer and snacks will be available as a panel of developers discuss their recent game projects on the Wii, iPhone, as well as PC. We’ll then open a few consoles for you to actually try the games out.

HealthCampSFBay is a group of passionate consumer-focused healthcare advocates trying to engage industry and the public in healthcare problem solving. This event is hosted at the newly opened Tech Liminal, a technology hotspot and salon in Downtown Oakland. Tech Liminal provides Internet services, training, and event space for small businesses and the local community, focusing on making technology accessible to everyone.

Space is limited. Please fill out your free registration here:

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[Revised] QUICKLY Gaining Momentum: HealthCampSFBay

I just got the Health 2.0 smack-upside-the-head-reality-check : in less than a day a small group of us solidified HealthCampSFBay by creating a BarCamp site, schedule of events, confirmed event location, Twibe with followers, Google group, and a ferociously dedicated band of volunteers.

Through Skype, Twitter, voicemail and an email or two, Mike Kirkwood, CEO of Polka,Polka along with the support of Mark Scrimshire (HealthCamp evangelist) and I pulled together the framework and defined the intent of the group. This speedy cooperation through social media and digital communication tools is the bedrock of the Heatlh 2.0 movement. The moral of the story here is that anyone can mobilize quickly through their network of contacts to foster change – I’ll keep you posted on how we actualize the group goals…


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Slowly Gaining Momentum: HealthCamp

HealthCamp BostonI just attended HealthCamp Boston as a primer before the Health 2.0 Conference and was happy to see that around 150 people congregated for this day-long unconference at Microsoft. For being organized in just 6 weeks, attendance was impressive compared to the paltry 20 or so people who showed up for HealthCamp SF during the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last month.

I want to give a shout out to Mark Scrimshire for his dedication in setting up these informal gatherings around theMark Scrimshire country as well as getting the word out about them. Mark has been a long time advocate of leveraging social media to facilitate conversations about changing the way healthcare is delivered in this country.

He actively encourages all participants to blog, tweet and upload photos and videos during events as was done for HealthCamp Boston where you can find posts under the hashtags #HCBos and #SocPharm. In reading the tweet feed from the event it is evident that the participants were engaging in multiple levels of conversation during the talks – one tweet that resonated with me was from @otoole4info:  “RT @DaphneLeigh: RT @Doctor_V: There are 6 physicians attending HealthCamp Boston. Is it me or is that crazy low?

Although many industry pundits are starting to get on the Health 2.0 bandwagon, how do we get the docs to more actively jump into the conversation? Half of the problem is that they don’t get paid to and the other half is general techphobia – maybe part of Obama’s $163B healthcare reform bill can go to a tech and social media incentive program?!



HealthCamp [heated] Meeting at Web 2.0 Expo

healthcampsf2009HealthCamp held a meeting during the Web 2.0 Expo last week that exposed just how hard it is going to be to retool our healthcare system. We had a room of about 20 people who are all highly motivated to improve the ailing system we have but, despite the collective good intentions, personal agendas and opinions on where to start and how to do it came into play.

It seems like it might make sense for HealthCamp to form a position other than “Health 2.0 is all about participation.” For example, within the meeting the notion of privacy and transparency were perceived very differently by members and the discussion stalled a bit because of it. Perhaps a visualization of how a consumer would exist in the Health 2.0 framework would focus the discussion on these hotspots early on and subsequently provide a guideline for further debates.

I left the meeting with the feeling that despite the progress that has been made, we have SO much more work to do.


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What is Health 2.0?

Health CampWe all know our health care system is pretty much broken, so about 3 years ago an organization called Health Camp came together as a community of visionaries, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, policy makers, and professionals to redefine and possibly redesign the health care industry in a Web 2.0 framework.

Since the Health 2.0 movement is so new there isn’t really a single definition for the term yet, but in general it focuses on technology as an enabler of care collaboration:

“The use of social software and light-weight tools to promote collaboration between patients, their caregivers, medical professionals, and other stakeholders in health” Source: Adapted from Jane Sarasohn-Kahn’s “Wisdom of Patients” report, by Matthew Holt.

“Health 2.0 is participatory healthcare. Enabled by information, software, and community that we collect or create, we the patients can be effective partners in our own healthcare, and we the people can participate in reshaping the health system itself.” Source: Ted Eytan MD.

Regardless how Health 2.0 is defined, like the ambiguity of the term “biotechnology”, the looseness of the definition may help to propagate the concept. The challenge for people like myself will be to conceive and design compelling interfaces and experiences that encourage and motivate individuals to participate in a meaningful and committed way. I hope that with this exploration of a more interactive approach there will also be a fundamental shift from medication as the solution to wellness as the solution to health management.


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