Health 2.0 conference: rebooting and reframing leadership in healthcare for the 21st century

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Healthcare in India is a hot topic. The country boasts of some of the best and most affordable healthcare facilities in the world, but also languishes on most health indicators related to the millennium development goals. India suffers from both developed country problems like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases; and issues that dog poor countries like high rate of infant mortality and malnourishment. New thinking and innovation is required to solve old issues like affordability, dearth of medical personnel, low rate of population insured and lack of resources. The third annual edition of the Health 2.0 conference is scheduled to be held on February 7 and 8 in Bangalore at the CMR Institute of Technology is an effort in that direction.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Simply Lead’ – the agenda will focus on the belief that we must reboot and reframe leadership for healthcare in the 21st century. SocialStory’s Nelson Vinod Moses interacted with James Mathew (JM), Chairman, Health 2.0 India and also the Chairman & CEO of Whiteboard Design to find out what the highlights of this year’s conference will be.

Edited excerpts:

SS: What is Health 2.0 India all about?

JM: Health 2.0 conferences are where  ground-breaking ideas are shared to drive change in the health.

Indian start-ups, health systems, social entrepreneurs and others are engineering low cost innovation breakthroughs in health care delivery that the world is starting to notice. We want to show off those stories and spend the rest of the year collaborating with each other to do more.

With dozens of speakers and demos of new technologies on stage, participants at the conference will get an engaging and thoughtful  overview of  how the Health 2.0 movement is changing care in India and around the world.

SS: What is the mission of Health 2.O India?

JM: We want to tell the stories of the breakthroughs, successes, failures and ideas that’s transforming health and health care.

We present the best minds, technologies and resources in compelling panels, discussions, and live product demonstrations.

SS: What is the theme for 2014?

JM: The theme for Health 2.0 India 2014 is ‘Simply Lead’ which speaks to a belief that we must reboot and reframe leadership for health care in the 21st century.

We selected this theme because we tend to think about doctors, nurses and hospital leading the transformation in health when we feel that the emerging networked society has the potential to enable patients, start-ups, social entrepreneurs, designers, musicians, teachers, etc …to lead a transformation that enables health for all.

SS: Explain the agenda and impact of previous conferences.

JM: There are some really inspiring people working on initiatives making a difference.  Creative projects that most of us have never heard about are enabling health to be delivered to the masses – both rich and poor.

Start-ups are being funded. Social Entrepreneurs are building sustainable & scalable models of care.  Corporations are discovering how to connect to ideas in the market place and partner with entrepreneurs to reach those never reached before.

We want all Indians to have a keen awareness that they can enable the digital revolution going on around them to transform health.

Personalized Health is the future.  Genome testing, sensors and devices are producing a treasure of data for caregivers to analyze and develop new models of personalized care.

Sport, Sex and Rock n Roll is a session that is bold enough to talk about issues that are usually left covered up, but critical to elevating India among the world’s elite. We also touch on sensitive issues around women’s health, including the important topic of rape and sexual violence/slavery.

Other sessions will uncover what people are doing to deliver care to a billion people who need it the most.

We’ll even tell you about a project that’s taking the drone concept (used in modern warfare) and designing it to be used for good.

SS: Impact of previous conference in India and around the world:

JM: $10 + million  (Rs.65 crore ) in funding, revenue generating contracts, distribution partnerships, etc …were directly facilitated via Health 2.0 India platform

Health 2.0 has introduced over 500 technology companies to the world stage, hosted more than 15,000 attendees at our conferences and code-a-thons, awarded over $5,300,000 in prizes through our developer challenge program and inspired the formation of 70 new chapters in cities around the globe.

SS: What kind of speakers have you had in the past and what does the line-up look like this year?

JM: Embrace Nest is showing how smart design can drive low cost innovation to save lives

Isansys keeping physicians connected to their patients, after they’ve left the hospital.

Misfit Wearables revolutionizing how what we wear can tune our health to get fit

Microsoft Accelerator  CEO Mukund Mohan is helping to build a  modern start-up culture in India

Anu Acharya and MapMyGenome is  helping us understand personal  health down to the genome level

Lumiata making sense of large amounts of data and powering point of care decisions with predictive analysis

Kid Powered Media enabling kids who live in slums to create and distribute their own films that have health messages embedded into the storyboard

Circleof6 is one of the best examples of tech designed to do good – an app helping women prevent sexual violence in Delhi.

Dilshad Patel launched Creative Movement as a way to infuse pyschotherapy elements into physical therapy, sports training & dance.

Abhijit Gupta has developed a beautiful EHR that is attempting to tie all the loose ends in healthcare into a single, unified digital stream for the patient.

Nakul Parischa is architecting simple, yet incredibly innovative ways to enable the pharmaceutical industry to engage customers and learn about their drug utilization and related behaviors.

Dheeraj Batra launched dLabs in partnership with the Indian School of Business to help Start-ups build their businesses on the foundation of Human Centered Design.

Ravi Kumar is using his experience as a global digital health entrepreneur at Zanec to develop a unique investment philosophy that’s driving more innovation in health.

Dr. Harshit Jain is leading a creative effort at McCann Health using new media to help brands communicate health messages to their target audiences

Dinesh Chindarkar is helping the pharma industry understand how to effectively engage and educate consumers

Neha Motwani has positioned Fitternity to fuel a different, more effective kind of fitness revolution in India

Shreekant Pawar thinks that Diabeto will transform how millions of people around the world manage their diabetes.

Argusoft is helping health workers be better informed when they engage hard to reach populations in rural India.

SS: How will this year be different from previous years?

JM: We’ve expanded from one to two days.  Dozens of speakers and over 20+ tech demos. The conference is a launching point for collaboration, sharing of ideas and coming alongside initiatives that need a push in the right direction for it to take off on it’s own. We challenged the Health 2.0 community to work together last year.  They did just that. So, we’ll be able to showcase the ideas of last year that have turned into initiatives and products that have had a real, meaningful impact in the last year.

SS: How does the conference benefit the attendees?

JM: If you are a start-up, we’ll introduce you to funders. If you are an executive in a corporate business, we’ll introduce you to the best ideas out in the marketplace.  If you are an investor, you’ll see things before others hear about it.  If you’re a provider of health, you’ll begin to realize that there is a powerful set of tools out in the world that can transform the way you provide care.  If you are a social entrepreneur, you’ll understand why health care is probably one of the most effective ways of elevating culture and a country.   If you are a student or young professional, you’ll begin to see that there are huge market opportunities in health that don’t require you to be a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.For anybody who cares about advancing health, you will be connected to a global community that shares the same mission as you.

SS: Where do you think innovation will come from in the health industry?

JM: The three words I would use to describe where innovation will come in the health industry are: data, design and engagement.

We will see technology have an enormous impact on health.  From sensors and devices that seem to be everywhere, to human user interfaces in cars, refrigerators and phones, to sophisticated engines that make sense of a growing stack of data being collected, and science that is beginning to personalize health down to the genome level.

Design is important because as patients get more information about themselves it is important that it drives better decision making about our health.  Great design will help caregivers develop better approaches to care and treatment.

Register for the conference here.

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