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At The Epicenter Of Health 2.0

I’m currently at the Health 2.0 conference, co-produced by my friend Matthewtarget.jpeg Holt.  The conference is quite well-attended with a list of prominent speakers and innovators in the health arena.

The excitement and interest in this area is very encouraging to see.  However, in order for this “movement” to really make a difference in how medical care is delivered, communicated about and provided, it will have to be connected to the social aspects of health.  

Currently, I’m watching a lecture being delivered by Dr. David Brailer who led an effort to increase adoption of electronic medical records at the federal level for two years.  He believes that technology is wonderful, but it won’t be effective unless we focus on the relationships between people.  Health is an emotional, highly charged and confusing issue for many.  Technology can provide great comfort and increase efficiency, but we must remember that it’s about people first, technology second.  As an aside, John Grohol touched upon this issue a few weeks ago in a blog post he wrote criticizing the Health 2.0 movement.

It’s great to be here and I’ll be talking more about what I’ve learned at the conference in the weeks to come.   


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Fard, I agree with you and John. Consumers need a peer, respected identity in the matter that represents a MANAGERIAL pivot -- and CareTALK believes the role of CAREGIVER (self-care and care-giver) should be pulled out of mothballs and infused with new/fresh relevancy and meaning to serve. Healthcare tech needs an emotional quotient media interface/overlay/complement that goes beyond utilities/tools -- for consumers to assume their own modern identity within the context of this new conversation, and assume the (managerial) responsibilities inherent with the complexities involved in a "consumer-directed" healthcare paradigm. WHO is this consumer/manager? From what place do THEY begin to navigate? CareTALK aims to help refresh/redefine and modernize the identification of the term CAREGIVER to help consumers "suit up" and see themselves as empowered -- capable of building their own bridges to the medical/clinical establishment in a managerial-peer-respected identity -- for self/family/friends. The identity of patient is too limiting. Consequently, the amazing array of healthcare tech/online resources are defaults for info search -- or communities for chronic illness. The identity of modern caregiver/manager is one we can/should assume and live with throughout life -- as consumers identify as parents, students, children -- throughout life. The identity of modern caregiver should be internalized and we all pivot from that place -- throughout life -- motivating actionable self-care, caring for others, planning for life's inevitable health setbacks as an integral LIFE PLAN. This identity will give the amazing technologies on deck RELEVANCY and MEANING -- fulfilling the role of emotional quotient lacking thus far. Media/Internet can play a key role in helping redefine and modernize WHO consumers are in the matter -- so we can see ourselves reflected as savvy, proactive managers of our own lifelong care.

I think that Health 2.0 technologies will absolutely enable for higher quality health/care by empowering consumers to make educated decisions that will ultimately take pressure of their doctors/primary caregivers. I feel like most of Health 2.0 technologies are being built by people who care and have seen a problem and are actively trying to solve it. As long as individuals and organizations are building technologies for the benefit of others, than adopting Health 2.0 models into our health-care system should be a great thing.

The Health 2.0 Conference seemed like a good example of the above. A lot of companies that are "Problem Solving" with technology.

One really interesting site presented during the conference was . This site allows you to quickly and easily check to see that if any of the symptoms you are experiencing are a results of the drugs you are taking. The site is really easy to use and uses a form of ‘natural language technology’(NLR) that enables it to recognize the symptoms as you describe them. The combination of NLR with a very easy to use interface should make it easy for doctors patients of all ages/technical abilities to get important and in some cases life saving data about drugs/symptoms.

The site is available for a beta preview right now. I would really like to hear what you have to say about it, I think it is going to help a lot of individuals and save lives. I hope you find it as exciting as I do!

The whole concept of health 2.0 is very interesting. Technology can always work positively with the issues like health. I guess it will be picking up in the future with more info online.

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