Fireside Chats and Closing Panel: Backstage Video Interviews from the Spring Fling 2011

During the Opening Night of our recent Health 2.0 Conference, Health 2.0 founders Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt kicked off the conference with a set of Fireside Chats. We heard from a specific set of individuals looking at how Health 2.0 is making health care cheaper, changing the face of research, and how facets of Health 2.0 have influence movements focused on prevention, wellness, exercise and food. We caught up with some of these speakers back stage to get some additional thoughts from them. Continue reading for more on the important role they’re each playing in these key areas of Health 2.0 growth.

Amy Romano, Associate Director of Programs, Childbirth Connection
Anyone perusing the Internet for information about childbirth knows that there’s a war out there with lots of opinion and lots of disagreement. One of the strongest proponents of midwife-assisted natural childbirth, Amy (@midwifeamy & blogger at Sense & Sensibility) is an author of the most recent edition of Our Bodies Ourselves, has worked at Lamaze and is now with ChildBirth Connection. Anyone who saw her presentation at last year’s Health 2.0 Goes to Washington knows that she has no trouble calling it the way she sees it.

Alan Greene, Founder, DrGreene.com
Alan and his wife Cheryl have turned his pediatrics practice into one of the most famous health care websites in the world today, drgreene.com. He now spends most of his time advocating and advising consumers online, on the Dr. Oz show, and via his great books about feeding and raising Baby Green. We’ve had Alan at Health 2.0 several times but, during this backstage interview, we had a chance to hear firsthand about his WhiteOut campaign.

Abbe Don, Co-Director, Connected Health Domain, IDEO
Abbe’s at Health 2.0 in both professional and personal capacities. In her work at IDEO, she promotes design-centered thinking for health care organizations—literally taking these institutions to the houses and workplaces of patients to inspire dramatic breakthroughs in product and service design. But she’s also recently made a dramatic breakthrough in her own relationship to food and healthy lifestyles via a stay at the Pritikin Institute. How can design-thinking change our relationship to food and wellness?

J.D. Kleinke, Medical Economist, Author, Catching Babies
JD straddles the worlds of data and information technology and health policy. He started a managed mental health program, co-founded data analytics company HCIA, and helped start HealthGrades. He did this all the while appearing regularly in Health Affairs and writing two health policy books. His Omnimedix Institute was behind the first iteration of Dossia and now he’s decided to stir thing up in the controversial waters of childbirth and obstetrics. But this time he’s done it in the form of a novel, Catching Babies.

Stephen Downs, AVP, Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a wide mandate to improve the health and health care of Americans. Leading the RWJF Pioneer Portfolio, Steve’s role is to promote innovation, include groundbreaking work in tackling childhood obesity, driving improvements in the health care system, and RWJF’s promotion of health IT. The variety of his work is not too surprising as Steve’s both been at the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and ran the Technology Opportunities Program at the Commerce Department. We’re delighted Steve came to Health 2.0 to talk about the integration of health, technology, and innovation.

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