SXSW Health Track: The Reverb

A reverberation is the persistence of sound in a space after the original source of that sound has been removed. This effect occurs when a large number of echoes build up and are then slowly absorbed by the air — Over the last week, the first official SXSW Health Track has had a similar effect on the online health community.

Health 2.0 took the stage in full force during the  (standing room only) SXSW Health Track. In a panel curated by Indu Subiaya and produced by Lizzie Dunklee, some of the field’s biggest thought leaders discussed the phenomenon of  “Data Data Everywhere but Not a Drop to Link.” If you didn’t get a chance to see these high impact presentations in person, we recommend you check out Matthew Holt’s review and then browse through the growing list of online commentary below. Although the original source of this sound has passed, we think the echos from this momentous SXSW event are well worth absorbing.

  • Ruth Suehle writes on Red Hat’s OpenSource.com about the quickly approaching change encouraged by Health and Human Services (HHS). She reviews the key points discussed throughout day such as information liberation, new incentives posed by recent reform and the potential for innovation in the health sector as a whole.
  • The audio from “Health Data Everywhere: Not a Drop to Link?” has been uploaded to the official SXSW event’s page. The slides can also be found here.
  • Kevin Silverman, senior healthcare specialist at 360° Digital Influence, discusses the session’s approach on information access, the role of pharma in social media and the strong mobile trends that are effecting healthcare.
  • Read Holman, from HHS Center for New Media, catalogs a comprehensive list of take-home messages from the day. In a separate post on the same site, Tori Garten follows up with a look at how many of the SXSW Health themes parallel the immediate goals of HHS.
  • Ignite Health was kind enough to post the full one hour recording of the popular session, “Health, Is there REALLY an App for That?!” This all-star panel looked at the evolving role of mobile health applications and how they might be better designed to have a greater impact. Panelists included BJ Fogg, Founder of Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab; Gigi Peterkin, VP of Digital Health Edelman; our good friend Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Health Economist for THINK-Health and writer of the Health Populi blog; John de Souza, President and CEO MedHelp; and Intel Senior Researcher, Margaret Morris.
  • From Reporting on Health, Angilee Shah, takes a look at a panel from the perspective of the audience. She’s curated a comprehensive list of tweets that feature a wide range of opinions on the future of health apps.
  • Brian Dolan from MobiHealthNews focused on the panel, “Health, Is there REALLY an App for That?!” Brian looks at the 4 land mines embedded in the way developers and service providers are approaching mobile health.
  • Reed Smith outlines the reasons why SXSW has a good chance of change social health. He also provides some personal examples of how SXSW differs from other conferences and offers a bit of the Health Track’s history.
  • Sandra Zaragoza, from the Austin Business Journal, provides a first hand report and clear overview of the day. Sandra also calls for greater integration of these panels with the larger SXSW event given the extreme popularity of the sessions.
  • Fran Melmed, from Context Communication Consulting, unpacks the themes and tensions she observed during the sessions. She provides an overview of topics covered by some of the panels like data usefulness, target audiences, privacy, user centric design and the environment.
  • In this hand held video interview, Todd Park, CTO of HHS takes a moment to explain why he found SXSW Health to be so impressive. He also touches upon what’s next for his Community Health Data Initiative.
  • HHS CTO, Todd Park’s slides from his increadibly popular “Unleashing the Power of Open Data and Innovation to Improve Health” have been uploaded to SlideShare

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