This year I attended 18 health sessions and three on UX and design. While they were all different in their own ways, I found trends among the events that made me take note:
1. So you’re tracking — now what?
Steps taken, time spent working out, daily food logs and BMI data from your bathroom scale. The output is always the same — just data. There is no analysis and easy advice for users, and certainly nothing from your doctor. Smarter experiences will appear, but what about the professionals’ point of view? If they could follow all data streams, virtual help could aid with recovery, habit analysis and overall health trends. Coupled with advances in remote services (and the payers willing to cover them), data sharing is making headway. Continue reading »
If you haven’t dusted off your business cards and flip-flops yet, then get with it! SXSW is just days away, and this year’s health track looks better than ever. Use our social and session aggregator SouthByHealth.com to check out where we’ll be checking in. It’s mobile optimized, so add it to your home screen if you don’t want to miss any of the action. Here are 10 sessions that we’re planning to attend:
Doctor’s Offices on Their Death Bed
Friday, March 7. 12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon F
Will today’s typical office visit go the way of the house call? This session explores the changing landscape of the doctor/patient interaction.
Body Computing: The Future of Networked Humans
Saturday, March 8. 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon H
It may sound like your crazy uncle’s latest conspiracy theory, but body-implanted technology could become a common way to stay connected. Dr. Leslie Saxon presents an intriguing discussion on this compelling topic.
From Quantified to Optimized: Custom Health Care
Saturday, March 8. 11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom F
So I found out I walk 9,000 steps a day. Now what? This is an interesting talk on how to make meaningful sense out of your personal health care data and optimize it to live the life you want. Continue reading »
Yes, unfortunately the rumor is true. SXSW is over and it is time to go back to work. The festival that features film, interactive and music has a short life span, but the experiences held during the week are not easily forgotten. Below are the most important takeaways we found during SXSWi.
Tons of digital health content? Networking with the brightest tech minds of today? Count HCB in for the health track at SXSWi, the world’s most awesome digital festival. Fortunately, our office is just steps away from the action, so we’ll be catching plenty of sessions.
Here’s your guide to ten of our favorites (in no particular order):
1. Social Health Startup Bootcamp: Investing in Health
Friday, March 8 • 2 pm to 3 pm
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon D
Tips, tools and funding advice for social health tech start-ups – this is sure to be a wealth of info. This session was a big hit last year, so we’re excited to see the 2013 version.
Presenters: @CarissaO @Vargasl @shwen
2. Who owns the Data? Self-Tracking to Health 2.0
Saturday, March 9 • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Sheraton Austin, Creekside
Who owns the data about your health? Should it be you? This is a provocative look at electronic health records, privacy regulations and how reform affects it all.
Presenters: @wilbanks @marthawofford Continue reading »
Look for part two of Joe’s SXSWh recap next week!
Almost everyone you know in healthcare has the word “innovate” in their job description. The creative juices flow no matter if you’re fully engaged in a session on mobile health or you’re chatting up the CEO of a major health plan. Ideas abound everywhere in Austin. Continue reading »
Seems like just yesterday the Twitter streams were filled with requests to vote for SXSW sessions. You could tell from the volume that this year was going to be big.
Now it’s here upon us and it’s time to fill the schedule. The new and improved #SXSWh hashtag and aggregator site is the perfect place to start – we’ve laid out all the health sessions for you. Plus all the South By Health tweets will end up here – ideal for friends who want to keep up but can’t make the trip.
So let’s get to it! Here are my nine SXSWh picks for 2012: Continue reading »