Looking Back — Health:Refactored in 12 Tweets


Confused? The #hrefactored Twitter stream will explain.

Constraints create creativity. But they have to be the right constraints for the problem you’re trying to solve. @aza#hrefactored

— Rachel Kalmar (@grapealope) May 13, 2013

Vice President of Jawbone Aza Raskin via Rachel Kalmar, a data scientist at Misfit Wearables, managed to put into 140 characters what most people can only intuit. And what better constraint than Twitter to force Health:Refactored attendees to get creative as they summarized, synthesized, and interacted with the conference?

Over the course of two days, Health:Refactored generated nearly 2,000 tweets, averaging 16 tweets per hour and five tweets for each of 387 participants. The folks at symplur did the number crunching, but the #hrefactored stream was a constant companion at the conference.

The selection below is a completely subjective grab bag of tweets, but they all reflect the constrained creativity Raskin alluded to. Let’s just hope the health care constraints we delved into over the course of Health Refactored continue to fuel the sort of creativity we’ve seen thus far and on display in the tweets below.

For all non-techies at the conference, confusion was no constraint. The event was a time to learn something from the experts:

Bryan Sivak issued an invitation to wrestle with bureaucratic constraints when he asked who wanted to be a part of something that could fundamentally change the nation. Many in the room took the bait:

Ginger.io founder Anmol Madan reminded attendees that some very real, difficult constraints exist for startups in the health care space:

@anmol_madan Most startups will not survive the time it takes to validate the ROI for health systems! This needs to improve #hrefactored

— Sandeep Pulim (@SPulim) May 13, 2013

John Mattison made a suggestion as to what type of constraint developers and designers might want to work within:

Unfortunately, it often takes a few additional constraints for individuals to fully register the meaning of health, as Kyle Armbrester pointed out:

— Jodie Auster (@DoctorJodieA) May 14, 2013

Let your creativity flow … again, and again, and again:

Mobile app development does not have a silver bullet… It is all about iteration #hrefactored

— Patrick Yee (@patrickeyee) May 14, 2013

Master of metaphors, Brock Heinz had some of the more creative tweets of the conference, proving just how much 140 characters can communicate:

Solon identified a worrisome constraint that will require a good deal of creativity:

The Kalmar/Raskin dream team was at it again, astutely pointing our that creativity can be difficult when the stakes are so high:

Developer Fred Trotter and patient user experience designer Karen Herzog had a different name for creativity: hacking. For them, and the rest of us, it may be the only option given current health care constraints:

Finally, Charlie Trotter reminded attendees that while technology is more often than not an enabler, it should certainly never be a constraint:

— Charlie Trotter (@chaztoo) May 13, 2013

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