#Doctors20 & You Conference: #mHealth, #ePatients, #Collaboration
Doctors 2.0&You succeeded in bringing together interested intelligent healthcare thinkers from all over the globe to talk, connect, and collaborate on mHealth issues for 2 days in the beautiful city of Paris.
The themes of mHealth, ePatients, Doctor/Patient relationship and entrepreneurship converged and connected throughout the conference. I was honored to be a part of this group and immensely enjoyed listening to the talks and joining in the discussions.
The first day consisted of breakout sessions - a selection of 2 in English and 2 in French for each time slot of 75 minutes. There were talks on Start-Ups (pitches from the start-ups actually, ending in a contest for the winning company). I attended one of these sessions and was very impressed with the quality and creativity of the start-ups represented.
Laastari is a walk-in telemedicine clinic (no appointment necessary) open 7 days a week run by a nurse and equipped with remote diagnostic equipment that can be linked to a doctor. For a flat fee reimbursed by insurance, Laastari will treat 13 common illnesses and/or give vaccinations in a quick and efficient manner. Patient satisfaction was noted to be over 90%.
iDoc24 is a medical advice mobile app that lets patients take photos of skin lesions and anonymously ask advice of dermatologists. (See a previous post on Alexander Borve and iDoc24 here). It is quick (response in about an hour), efficient and anonymous and costs a flat fee. iDoc24 is currently available in several countries in the EU. Some Emergency Departments and GPs are also using it for their patients to get specialty advice quickly from certified dermatologists. iDoc24 is currently testing an accessory device that can be used to spot skin cancer lesions.
Erik van der Zijden from Synappz Medical Apps presented the IP Voiding Diary, a mobile app for intake and output journal entries to monitor bladder activity.
**The IP Voiding Diary (Synappz) and iDoc24 Won the 2012 Doctors 2.0 & You Start-Up Contest**
They will be presenting at the Stanford Medicine X conference in Palo Alto in September.
I also attended a breakout session on ePatients. Here, the founders of several patient communities told the story of their patient experience and how they came to create their community. The stories were similar: unhappy with the lack of information they found either from their provider or online, they decided to pursue their search and create their own resource, repository and support group. Interestingly, regardless of the country, the experiences and results were so similar. Yes, there are cultural differences and yes, each patient is unique, but really, the goals are the same. Patients want to be included in the discussion and want to be heard. They want access to information and they want it now. I really have to hand it to Denise Silber for doing such a good job including patients in a major way in Doctors 2.0 & You. The patients really had a voice at this conference.
The second day of Doctors 2.0 & You was in the main lecture hall with 2 huge screens and a live twitter feed. I might add that throughout the conference, there was WiFi available so everyone could tweet out, check emails, and be connected. This was not the case at the mHealth Summit meeting for example (the mHealth Summit was a much larger conference, certainly, but still...it is mHealth).
Alternating keynote speakers and panel discussions kept attention up and interest high. Patients again presented the stories of their quest for information and their contribution to the patient community. Sarah Kucharski (@AfternoonNapper) talked about her experience with fibromuscular dysplasia and founding FMD Chat. Yvanie Caille (@Renaloo) explained why she founded Renaloo after years of suffering from renal disease and undergoing a renal transplant.
Keynote speaker Jennifer Dyer (@EndoGoddess) now in partnership with DuetHealth impassioned the audience with her mission to help young diabetic patients manage their illness via mHealth. There were also keynotes from Berci Mesko (@Berci) from Webicina, Larry Sherman (@Meducate) from Prova Education and Denise Silber (@Doctors20) from Basil Strategies. Denise coined the buzz phrase of the conference: SoLoGloMoGaBi (SOcial, LOcal, GLObal, MObile, GAmification, BIg Data).
I must note that during the panel discussion on Online HealthCare Professional Communities, Stanley TianTian Li, being unable to attend the conference, was brought to us via video from China and delivered his talk and then answered questions via cell phone amplified by the podium microphone. Cool example of technology in action!
There was no lag time at this conference. The speakers were kept on time and panel discussions were lively with questions and discussion. At the same time, there were networking breaks and a buffet breakfast and lunch in the exhibit area which gave everyone time to view the posters, visit with the exhibitors, talk and exchange contact information with the other attendees.
My takeaways from this conference were:
- There are wonderful things happening in the field of mHealth - mobile apps, great online support mechanisms for patients and providers, new and wonderfully creative ways of helping promote better HealthCare with lower cost and greater efficiency through technology.
- The patient has a louder and louder voice, and rightly so. The patient should be the center of attention. "Nothing About Me, Without Me"! Thanks to Denise and her crew for giving the patient such a major role at this conference.
And now a short video of clips from some speakers on their takeaway thoughts:
Video transcript (by TranscriptionStar):
I'm Joan Justice from HealthWorks Collective. I'm here at Doctors20 in Paris, and I'm going to be interviewing a couple of the speakers to get their ideas about their Takeaways from this great conference, so here are some video clips, thanks.
Hi, I'm here with Ville Oman from Masdari [Phonetic] [0:00:29] and Ville, what is your main takeaway from Doctors20 conference?
Ville Oman: Well, it’s good, good seminar, and I guess the main takeaway is that there is a lot of people wanting change in healthcare, wanting new things to happen in healthcare, and kind of seeing and supporting the convergence of what modern technology to the actual way healthcare is delivered on these basis.
Joan: Okay, and so it's been a good conference for you?
Ville Oman: Yeah.
Joan: Okay, thank you so much.
Ville Oman: Thank you.
Joan: Hi, I'm here with Bersi Mesco [Phonetic] [0:01:11] from [Indiscernible] and Bersi what's the biggest takeaway that you can tell our readers from this great conference Doctors20 in Paris?
Bersi Mesco: Just like I said last year this is the event of the year, and again this is the event of the year. I believe that all the stakeholders regarding Medicine 2.0 and Health 2.0 at here. I love this conference because there are great sessions, real discussions, live discussions about topics which is far most social media guides or web TV, and then today we have amazing key notes from the best stakeholders in all these areas of Health 2.0 Medicine 2.0.
Joan: Thanks so much Bersi.
Bersi Mesco: Thank you.
Dr. Fernandi: Hi. This is Dr. Fernandi from [Indiscernible] [0:01:58] Spain. Doctors 2.0 is a big conference and always looking forward to ever year. This year like in Takeaways for we would need to be setup all [Indiscernible] [0:02:09]. We should [Indiscernible].
Joan: Can you say it?
Dr. Fernandi: I could not pronounce [Indiscernible] [0:02:14] healthcare. I also like to what Endo Borris who is doing a diabetes app it’s very, very interesting also. And again [Indiscernible] [0:02:29]. These will be my three key takeaways.
Joan: Thank you so much for that.
Dr. Fernandi: Welcome anytime.
Joan: Hi there. I'm with Dr. Alexander Borve iDoc24 at Doctors 20 and Alexander what's your takeaway from this conference?
Dr. Alexander: Well, this has been a great conference. I have been able to pitch my service iDoc24 where you can send them pictures to skin doctors and they have a look at and they send back within 24 hours. Apart from that I met some really intelligent people here in pharma and medicine and --
Joan Justice is currently the Senior Curator for HealthWorksCollective. She holds both a nursing and a graduate business degree, and has worked in domestic and international marketing management for several major healthcare corporations. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.