This is the first post in a series on patient-centered health and wellness
Correspondents + Co-Authors:
A cross-section of 50 of the “who’s who” of Boston-area healthcare gathered on June 25 for a spirited discussion around a rallying call to “Make Boston the Nexus of Patient Centered Healthcare.” The evening provided an exciting perspective on how patients are managing their health outside of the formal healthcare system.
Extrovertic co-sponsored the event with North Bridge Growth Equity VenturesOrganized bythe evening centered on a panel moderated by Scott Kirsner, Innovation Economist of The Boston Globe, comprised of entrepreneurs and policy-makers leading the trend in self-directed health and wellness:
David Dickinson, Zeo, an online sleep management company
Jason Jacobs, FitnessKeeper, focused on tracking, measuring and improving fitness
Joe Kvedar, Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Healthcare, research in technology-enabled healthcare delivery
Frank Moss, MIT Media Lab, new media medicine
David Rose, Entrepreneur and founder of Vitality, devices to improve medication adherence
Sonny Vu, AgaMatrix, the first iPhone blood glucose monitor
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Joe Kevedar (l) catches up with David Rose (r)|
The audience included representatives of the major players in patient-centric health:
The discussion focused on the opportunity to make Boston the hub of patient-centered healthcare, just as Silicon Valley is the nexus of technology-based innovation. Boston’s advantages in supporting this trend include:
Scott Kirsner/Boston Globe (l) and Bill Fleming/extrovertic (r) compare notes
Participants also pointed out some barriers to continued growth for the Boston area, including limited access to medical researchers, clinicians and data; a shortage of technical talent; and a lack of experience in funding digital startups.
A sense of the eco-system that has developed in the Boston-area over the last several years emerged from the conversation, and was depicted in this graphic, drawn during the event:
For a sense of “Who Said What” we invite those who were present at the event to weigh-in with your comments:
Let’s keep the conversation going.
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