Guest post by Kathy Schuetz, Web Editor at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
Just What the Doctor Ordered: Health 2.0 STAT
I attended my first Health 2.0 STAT last night in Silver Spring. As the name implies, the format for these events is fast-paced: a series of short (five minutes or less) presentations on some aspect of Health 2.0, followed by a Q&A panel discussion. In typical Meetup fashion, the presentations were preceded by attendees introducing themselves (in five seconds or less), and last night’s group was heavily government-focused, with a respectable number of start-ups and M.D.s in attendance as well. The result is a large helping of creative ideas and case histories distilled down and shared in short period of time. Capably organized by David Blackburn, Jen Bundschu, and Mike Tock, the event was a great opportunity to hear a lots of innovative projects, learn what other people are doing (including lessons learned), and find interesting people to follow.
Last night’s packed house heard a total of seven presentations covering a diverse range of topics including how a government health agency is implementing health 2.0 strategies to disseminate information; lessons the health care industry can learn about personal health records from the financial services model; and several innovative ways for using mobile technologies to improve the doctor/patient relationship, among others.
A few of compelling ideas that stood out for me:
Bob Blonchek on lessons health care can take from the payment card industry’s simple, secure, transaction-driven process. The consumer is in charge of where they store and how they use their own data. Bar codes and mobile devices can do this now for medical encounters.
Blaine Warkentine, an orthopedic surgeon who developed an antibacterial iPhone phone cover (First, do no harm. MRSA likes warm cell phones); and how mobile tools help him “prescribe information,” build relationships with patients and monitor/improve compliance.
Val Jones on live UStreaming from the HIMMS conference and crowdsourcing questions for interviews.
Patricia Roy’s use of a text messaging mood tracker as a way to help diagnose and treat women for depression.
Probably the best part of an event like this is meeting so many passionate and creative people who are doing innovative work around the issue of health care. You can’t come away from a Health 2.0 STAT event without an impossibly long list of ideas to explore and people to follow.