Health 2.0: How to Use Data Around You to Lead a Healthier Life

Health 2.0 once again exceeded my expectations with their 7th Annual Fall Conference, this year in Santa Clara. Needless to say, I have too much to share in just one post. Today I’ll focus on Tuesday’s morning hot topic, Big Data. In rapid fire, leaders in health data aggregation and comprehension spoke and presented demos.

Here is a snapshot of a few companies that presented in Big Data: Tools and Applications for Individuals.

Ben Wolin, Co-Founder and CEO, Everyday Health

  • Everyday Health has self-learning data algorithms that personalized your healthcare exploration. Using over 6.9 billion data points, 4.5 billion newsletter opens and many fancy data algorithms, they are able to tailor healthcare information for you
  • Essentially, they are the Pandora for health, but with much more data
  • They have proved $2.3 billion in healthcare savings so far

Gideon Mantel, Executive Chairman, Treato

  • Treato lets patients comment on their prescription drug use and then shows how those drugs fare alongside their comparable medications
  • Using crowdsourced patient data, you can easily see which medications cause which types of problems for patients
  • Below, Tecfidera (BG-12) has worse feedback then Copaxone and Tysabri for MS treatments. You can dig in deeper on the website to see exactly why, and what patients have listed as top concerns for the drug

Philippe Schwartz, President, Withings

  • This year Withings, maker of the smart body analyzer scale and blood pressure monitor, has come out with an activity tracker, the Withings Pulse
  • The device can differentiate between walking and running automatically as well as measure your heart beat
  • A more detailed post on the Pulse to come!

John De Souza, President and CEO, MedHelp

  • MedHelp has created apps to track a variety of health events, such as women’s health, diet and mental health
  • They are releasing an app that lets you get instant feedback on your lab results, and grants you access to health coaches who can give you advice when something doesn’t look right (such as cutting back on salt if your lab tests show high cholesterol)
  • The app also allows for involvement from your friends and family into helping you keep a healthy lifestyle. As Peter Tippett, CMO & VP of Verizon said, “Social is what drives change in individuals – it’s the little nudge that helps you quit smoking, it’s not you, it is your surround sound.”

Marvin Ammori, Co-Founder and CEO, Silica Labs

  • Marvin showed us how Google Glass can be used in healthcare, from recording a doctor-patient interaction so that the patient can rewatch the interaction later, or by recording a surgery so that a specialist far away can help, or by creating a surgery checklist for a surgeon in the operating room
  • Glass can even be used in the battlefield to tap into the activity monitors of soldiers to tell a medic which injured fighter needs the most immediate help

Bill Davenhall, Global Manager, Health and Human Services, ESRI

  • I’ve posted on ESRI before – I think it is an excellent tool to see geographic health information
  • The ESRI Geomedicine application lets you see the heart attack rate as well as the toxic release inventory of an area
  • Every triangle is something that is bad for your health in your neighborhood
  • The dashboard also gives a walk score (San Francisco at 97, is excellent)

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2 thoughts on “Health 2.0: How to Use Data Around You to Lead a Healthier Life

  1. Hans says:

    Nice list, but you’re missing our disqover technology that has just been released 2 weeks ago.
    Happy to demo its ease of use and data power.
    Cheers!
    Hans

  2. Tony says:

    San Francisco averages a Walk Score of 85 – http://www.walkscore.com/CA/San_Francisco – the 97 in ESRI screenshot is for a specific address (so better than city average).

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