One of my new year's resolutions is to cross-fertilize the myriad professional interests I've accrued in almost four years with IBM, including virtual worlds and 3D technologies, social computing and Web 2.0 trends, and of course, healthcare innovation via new technologies, models and practices.
Here's an excerpt from the launch post in November, 2007:
"Welcome to The Health2.0 Blog
Since the Health 2.0 conference in September, the blogosphere has exploded with hundreds of blog posts from people all over the country and world. Among the myriad thought-provoking pieces on Health 2.0 have been contributions by Esther Dyson at the Huffington Post, David Kibbe, Brian Klepper and Jane Sarasohn Kahn defining Health2.0, Amy Tenderich on DiabetesMine, Scott Shreeve on healthcare FICO scores, and many, many more. There’s been posts in lots of countries and several languages. Plus the opening video has been reposted and commented on in several places (usually with great compliments, but not always!)
Given the bits and pieces of interesting conversation on the Facebook group, the Health2.0 wiki, THCB and more, we decided to create a forum for our diverse and emerging community to convene and deepen the conversation. So with great fanfare…."
I hope I can encourage my IBM colleagues involved in both healthcare and related fronts of networked collaboration efforts to become part of this critical conversation. And will definitely strive to focus HealthNex in 2008 in this direction.It's quite amazing how fast new fronts like this emerge...it was only a year ago that John Sharp of eHealth had taken the initiative to produce an eSession for HIMSS 2007 on Web 2.0 implications for healthcare. I was so swamped with 2.0-related work that my own contribution to the presentation was meager.
In any event, congrats to Matthew and Indu, and in the spirit of leveraging mass collaboration, I hope that all interested in this front will contribute to the blog, join the FB group and be part of what should become a true innovation movement.