Denise Silber, Doctors 2.0 & You

In episode 61, we catch up with Denise Silber, founder-president of Basil Strategies and the Doctors 2.0 & You conference series. Denise is an American expat who has lived abroad for over 20 years, and has a great understanding of the opportunities and challenges of digital health around the world.

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Denise is long time e-health advocate based in the beautiful city of Paris, France. She was one of the few Americans to receive the Legion of Honor from the French government, and she was awarded that in 2011 for her work in international eHealth. Denise and I talk about Virtual Reality, the power of reverse innovation and the business environment in France, as well as tips for getting the most out of the events and conferences you attend.

Today's Topics

  • The culture of Digital health and innovation in Paris;
  • The establishment and mission of Station F;
  • The meaning of “knowledgeable empathy” and how it is applied in reverse innovation;
  • The upcoming ‘Reverse Innovation' conference coming up in Paris on May 31 – June 1 2018;
  • Denise Silber's big take away in the Virtual Medicine conference she attended at Cedars-Sinai in March;
  • How Virtual Reality was used by a mother during childbirth;
  • Tips on how to make the most of the conferences you attend.

Links and Resources Mentioned

Lightning Round Answers

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?

“To thine own self be true”

2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?

Make lives better for the patients. If you are in it for any other reasons that are not related, it’s just not worth continuing.

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?

Blockchain: Trust Companies – Richie Etwaru

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4- What’s the best tech that makes your life better and easier?

Apple Watch

5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?

I would invest it in Virtual Reality Therapeutics.

6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?

I would love to divide this between two French rare disease charities that are not so well-known. One in the area of sarcomas, and one in the area of Amilosis. 

Info Sarcomes – Info Sarcomes aims to develop knowledge of sarcomas with the aim of contributing to the harmonization and improvement of their care throughout the country.

Association Française contre l'Amylose – We promote medical research to fight against Amyloidosis.

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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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