ep041 Matthew Holt, Health 2.0

This is part 2 of the conversation with Matthew Holt of Health 2.0.  In episode 40, Matthew shared his experience as a healthcare researcher, beach bum, travel blogger, health tech entrepreneur, and then health tech catalyst when he and Indu Subaiya started Health 2.0 in 2006. That organization has grown massively with conferences all around the world, and this October marks the 11th anniversary of the annual Fall conference. In fact, if you haven’t signed up yet, you should definitely check it out. Their Summer Savings ticket is still available until September 6th, so got to Health2con.com or visit the link below.

Matthew is going to make his case for rebranding Digital Health as SMACK Health, and while I don’t like the sound of it (sounds kinda painful) I’ll keep an open mind. Let me know what you think. Is SMACK a better description for what we’re working on to innovate in health?

We also take on some of the questions regarding the acquisition of Health 2.0 by HIMSS earlier this year, and Matthew shares his views on the role of Amazon or other big players in the delivery of healthcare. He also shares some of his own ambitions for himself, and proposes a new joint venture with Eugene Borukhovich – and it’s one I guarantee you wouldn’t have guessed!

Thanks to Nick Adkins and Eugene Borukhovich for tweeting questions for Matthew!  Follow them on twitter: @nickisnpdx and @healtheugene

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Today's Topics

  • The Digital Health Marketplace and the opportunity for innovators and large corporates
  • The case for SMACK Health
    • Social & Sensors
    • Mobile
    • Analytics
    • Cloud
    • Kindness
  • How developer communities can get access to new markets and competitions
  • Predictions on Amazon's future role in the delivery of healthcare

Links and Resources Mentioned

Lightning Round Answers

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?
A note on the wall from my daughter: “Aero, Mummy, Coco and Charlie miss you. Come and visit any day of the week.”

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

Try not to get discouraged and try not to give up.  But be rational about what you’re trying to do.

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?

Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr

Demanding Medical Excellence by Michael Millenson

The Patient will see you Now by Eric Topol

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal

A Bitter Pill by Steven Brill

4- What tech (software, app, device, etc) do you use that you wouldn’t want to live without?


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

Reinventing primary care coaching, Veta Health , Omada Health

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?

Saigon Children’s Charity – Saigon Children's Charity was founded in 1992 for a specific purpose: to help disadvantaged Vietnamese children to get an education and a fairer start in life. Today, we continue to focus on the same needs.

Have you checked out ZDoggMD?

Be prepared to laugh!

And watch this to learn more about Matthew's nominated charity



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Dan Kendall is the managing editor and host of Digital Health Today where he dives into the leading innovators and latest innovations that are transforming and improving health and wellness. Dan has over 20 years experience working in medical technology, mobile and cloud computing, and telecommunications, and has worked with public and private companies to create, market and grow innovative and sustainable businesses. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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