Are Health 2.0 tools and technologies making a difference for patients and if so, how? We set out in the summer of 2009 to track some patients as they used Health 2.0 services managing their health and everyday lives. We’ll see them on video, meet three of them on stage and see some of the technologists whose tools they used. Later, we will get commentary from a group of famous ePatients.
Esther Dyson, Principle, EDVenture
Esther is well known in healthcare for her role as an investor (Medscape, Medstory, PatientsLikeMe, 23andme, Organized Wisdom and many more), and for likening the health care system to a “calciified hairball stuck at the bottom of a drain.” Of course she’s equally well known in Washington due to her role in 1998-2000 introducing the tech and policy community to each other in her days as the founding Chair of ICANN.
Chris Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer, HealthCentral
Chris founded the Online Publishers Association and ran the Washington Post Online and LEGI-SLATE, INC.
But since 2005 he’s led the rebirth of HealthCentral into being one of the major content and conversation networks in Health 2.0. In recent years,
HealthCentral has bought Wellsphere and a few other companies and serves 12m visitors a month, and Chris has been very active in the rede!nition of what content and commerce means in online health.
Wil Yu, Director of Innovation, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
Following time running research at the Health Technology Center in San Francisco, and working in the worlds of EMRs
and investment banking, Wil Yu joined the ONC last year as a Special Assistant. His job is leading efforts related to
emerging health IT innovations, and he’s also the Project O$cer for the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects
(SHARP) and serves on the HHS Innovation Council as the ONC representative.
Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings
Esther needs no introduction to the technology crowd. But in the last few years healthcare investing (Medscape, Medstory, PatientsLikeMe, 23andme, Organized Wisdom, Imoveyou and many more) has taken more and more of her time. At the first Health 2.0 she likened the health care system to a “calcified hairball stuck at the bottom of a drain” and now she‘s on the warpath about the market for “bad health.”
Funding models for health IT are changing. Incentive systems in mainstream health care may be too—but perhaps not fast enough. Listen to what several veteran technology entrepreneurs and VCs say about what’s needed for new opportunities and hear feedback from a new breed of “investors” as well. Panelists include Don Casey (CEO, West Wireless Health Institute), Esther Dyson (Chairman, EDventure Holdings), Lisa Suennen (Managing Member, Psilos Group), Mitchell Kapor (Founder, Kapor Capital), and Bryan Roberts (Managing General Partner, Venrock Associate).
Come to Spring Fling: Matchpoint Boston (May 14-15) to learn about how incubators and investors are challenging traditional investment models in health IT.