News & Updates

Pooja Upadhyaya is a recent Cal Berkeley grad who’s started Mobilizing Health, with a small tech team mostly made up of Cal & Stanford students. It’s a non-profit that is using SMS texts to allow literate village health directors in India to message doctors and receive immediate advice about what next steps to take. It’s starting small in Rajasthan but so far they’ve trained 40 health directors, and have 15 physicians replying to queries. A really nice grassroots effort using mHealth (there I said it, so it does exist!), showing what committed and bright young people can do working with the community and adding a dash of technology. You can support the effort here.

Health 2.0 is supporting OneMedForum in San Francisco on Jan 11-13. This is a  conference for private companies running parallel to the JP Morgan Conference for public companies. It has 2 days of life science and device companies, but on Jan 13 it features health IT and Health 2.0 companies. And yes, I (Matthew Holt) will be on a panel. More information here, or if you want to see if there’s a presentation spot for your company contact Siobhan McDonnell.

HealthSaaS has released Glucose Tracker Plus, which is a Windows 7 mobile tool for glucose data logging and tracking. It’s a logical extension and connection to HealthSaaS’ DiabetesPHR application which also connects to Microsoft’s HealthVault. Frank Ille, CEO of HealthSaaS is also the leading light behind the Pacific NW Health 2.0 Chapter.

Health 2.0 (yes that’s us) has announced more speakers for the San Diego Spring Fling on March 21-2. Dean Ornish, guru of prevention and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, will be the keynote. JD Kleinke, noted health economist and pundit, has written a novel called Catching Babies about the world of high risk obstetrics, and he’ll be taking part in a very special fireside chat.  And among others confirmed to speak is Preston Maring, the doctor who founded the series of Farmers’ Markets that exist at Kaiser Permanente facilities across the nation. It’ll be a great conference and early bird tickets end Jan 3. Register here.

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