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Thursday, September 29, 2016

#health2con 10th annual conference final day

Beginning with the end in mind...

The view on the 680 heading north toward Pleasanton on my way back home to Antioch. Ugh.

The conference wrapped about 4 minutes early, at about 3:11 pm. I'd planned to maybe just hang at the hotel until after rush hour, but, I thought 'hey, a quick dash through the restroom, out the side door by the ballroom, right to my van in the parking lot. I can do this.' I was pulling out of the Hyatt parking lot straight away, up to the 237 eastbound on-ramp. Traffic was heavy. but moving.

Momentarily up on the flyover onto the northbound 880...

'Oh, shit...'

Up ahead, a parking out. Multiple ambulances, tow trucks, and fire trucks, blue and red lights flashing.

Well, after, I crawled past that mess, the NPR KQED Traffic Alert advised me of a "multiple vehicle crash in Milpitas on the 880."

OK, off on Mission, over to the 680. Crawling again. 15-20 mph. Bladder, don't fail me now...

Next decision: given that I've lost my mo', do I really want to get in the always-brutal Walnut Creek to Concord area 680 pm rush hour mess?

Bail to the 580 eastbound at Pleasanton. Traffic heavy but moving in the 60's. Cool.

Off at Vasco Road at Livermore to run up the back way to Brentwood and home in nearby south Antioch.

Head north across the 580 bridge. Portable digital road sign advises "Construction delays, 9-28, 9-29, 9 am - 4 pm." Yeah, the iPhone map app is showing red in the area.


My daughter fussed at me for not using Waze (she's an addict; she' can't go to the grocery store without launching it).

Like, what alternatives would there have been? None.

Finally home after 3 hours. Only about 60 miles via the Vasco Road route. Whatever, I'm home. Pour some Cabernet. Jaco is glad to see me. And, likewise.

I will never lose sight of our luckiness in getting him back. Cheryl found him in July 2003 at the Jones and 95 freeway on-ramp in Vegas, just a freaked-out puppy about to get killed by traffic. He's been our delightfully goofy "puppy" ever since (the name "Jaco" is in honor of the late bassist Jaco Pastorius). Our gratitude to the young man who collared him and turned him in to Animal Control cannot be overstated.

Next up, shopping a GPS signal smartphone-enabled collar for him. Not goin' through this anguish again. And, a trip to the vet for a post Jaco-on-the-lam assessment (he's 14 and is on a kidney Rx diet).

So, I have about 400 shots to review and triage (ive; thus far only posted a handful), and copious session notes on which to reflect and write up. Gonna be at it a while, bear with me. Keep checking back. Tomorrow I gotta get back on my weekly volunteer shift, so I may be into the weekend recounting the Health 2.0 Conference.

Meanwhile, I could not recommend more highly that you obtain and read Gerd Leonhard's intriguing tech futurism book "Technology vs Humanity." Also, Brett King's "Augmented: life in the fast lane."

To reiterate what for me is the thematic, cut-to-the-chase #health2con takeaway slide:


More to come...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#health2con 10th annual conference Day Two

Day Two was a long crush of great broad and deep content and endless photo-ops. I can already tell I'm gonna be posting about #health2con 2016 into the weekend. I have hundreds of shots already. And, three evening cocktail receptions Tuesday alone.

Back off to the ballroom shortly this morning for Day Three.

More to come...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

#health2con 10th annual conference Day One

A jam-packed, inspiring day. Myriad technical topics to reflect on and write up. But, below, the cut-to-the-chase emblematic slide that jumped right out to me.

That critical "connectivity" spans the gamut, from self bio-monitoring to the breadth of clinical medicine and community/social services resources. Virtually everything presented all day fits within those parameters.

Shot more than 120 photos. Will be triaging them all day as time permits. A few for now.

I'd intended to begin the day attending the 8 a.m. blockchain tech session, but instead went to Dr. Painter's "Intersection of Technology and Public Health" 4-hour forum. Glad I did.

Hope everyone has a great Day Two. Tweet me @BobbyGVegas if you want to chat up. Speaking of tweets...

LOL. No, I don't dig the guy. "Believe me."

Well, a ton of thoughts and photos to post, but, we gotta have our priorities... 


More to come...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Showtime! #health2con 10th annual conference

I could not be in a better mood this morning. We got our dog Jaco back yesterday after 12 days of numbing anguish over his getting loose and disappearing on September 13th. Jaco is safely home with my daughter, and I'm here at the Hyatt Regency onsite hotel at the Santa Clara Convention Center with my wife, who just returned from an intense week-long business trip to Israel. Not even a loud and obnoxious early morning hotel union protest out on the sidewalk could harsh my buzz (and, thank you, Hyatt staff for comping me the lattes as apology for the protest harangue).

As I noted on Facebook yesterday afternoon:
It's been a good day. My wife came home from overseas, my dog came back, and Tennessee beat Florida. I feel a country song coming on.
LOL. I been known to write a country song or two...

Cheryl and I lit into some maragritas and lemon drop martinis and chow at the hotel Evo bar last night, and got to have some nice chats with Health 2.0 co-founders Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt, both of whom are utter delights.

Provider Symposium
The Provider Symposium is back again this year! This event will bring together hospital & other provider executives with innovators to tackle the biggest challenges facing health systems today.

To truly drive change in health care, innovation needs to occur at both an operational level as well as in the day-to-day workflow of clinical care. The symposium unites those worlds with classic Health 2.0 demos of the latest technology designed to improve the lives of these key stakeholders, as well as meaningful discussion anchored by case studies of pilots using new technology, or developing innovation within from forward-thinking institutions like Cedar-Sinai, UPMC and more! By gathering the right people, technologies, and systems into a single room, the Provider Symposium will foster debate and spark the exchange of ideas between the best minds from leading health care systems in an effort to change the face of health care as we know it...

Patients 2.0 at the 10th Annual Fall Conference
This year’s theme is Patient Match, where we discuss the resources and tools available for patients as they navigate their health journey from diagnosis to long-term care. The Patients 2.0 session is run by Patients and marshaled by Sarah Krug from the Society for Participatory Medicine...
"[I]nnovation needs to occur at both an operational level as well as in the day-to-day workflow of clinical care."

Indeed, which is why, aside from HIMSS and IHI conferences, I also cover The Lean Summits every year. Health 2.0 and Lean are my favorites, gotta say.

Gonna be a great day. My cameras are fully charged and ready to rock. Still ruminating on the myriad implications of "thinking about jobs, education, healthcare, and tech." And, Gerd Leonhard's "digital obesity" amid the broad and deep panoply of health space issues I continue to chew on here at KHIT.

Hope to meet a bunch of you here today and this week. My Twitter handle is @BobbyGvegas.


I should note this USC Center for Health Journalism webinar coming up on Thursday.

I've signed up. Recall my reviews of Ann Neumann's book "The Good Death" here and here.

News item. I searched Google news for "Health 2.0." This popped up:
Insiders: Silicon Valley is blowing its chance to ride the silver tsunami
By Dan Diamond


Health care is being swamped by the so-called silver tsunami: 10,000 seniors are turning 65 and becoming Medicare-eligible every day. But rather than ride the wave, investors in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are too focused on the shallower pool of younger, healthier Americans.
That's according to health care IT leaders and thinkers who participated in POLITICO's health IT advisory forum this week...
And, get off my lawn!


Are we finally getting to or at the uptick elbow of the Health IT innovation traction Hockey Stick curve. Last year at this time I mused on "Free Beer Tomorrow" - "Transforming the Healthcare System."


Stage lighting at Health 2.0 is generally fine, but today's pre-conference symposium day lighting was a bit weak (yes, I'm a lighting snob; come by it honest). While they continue to know that they should deploy overhead backlighting (unlike my friends at the Lean Healthcare Summits), the Front-of-House spot trees this time were inadequate. Makes for grainier, oversaturated photos. Nonetheless...

Below, the busiest guy in the ballroom. We ran long. It was way worth it.

My running joke with Matthew Holt.


 I took pretty good notes on the day. More later. Fixin' to go to the Redox reception shortly.


Community Health Center Network and Welkin Health Partner to Improve Health Outcomes for Bay Area's Most At-Risk Populations
Health 2.0, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to award grant to develop complex case management platform for underserved populations

Community Health Center Network (CHCN), a non-profit public benefit corporation, and Welkin Health, a San Francisco-based digital health company specializing in patient relationship management, have partnered to develop a complex case management platform to elevate the success of CHCN’s Care Neighborhood program. The innovative program addresses and supports the health needs of the East Bay’s most at-risk and underserved populations through consistent patient outreach by Community Health Workers (CHWs) embedded in the CHCN health centers.

Selected as one of three national finalists for Health 2.0’s Technology for Healthy Communities initiative, a project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Welkin Health will develop a complex case management platform for CHCN. Emphasizing strong patient coaching and data-driven insights, the platform will help CHCN health centers streamline communication efforts between patients and CHWs, increasing engagement, reducing costs and leading to improved long-term health outcomes for patients. It will also aggregate patient data from EHR systems and claims databases to provide CHWs with optimal clinical decision support, increasing efficiency and the ability to track health improvements of enrolled patients over time.

The platform will launch at three CHCN health centers in the Alameda County with a goal to eventually expand to support Care Neighborhood programs at all eight health centers that are members of the network...

More to come...