Taking a Pulse on Health 2.0 with Doc Gurley

Part 1 of 5: Data, delicious data

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I met Doc Gurley at Health 2.0. She was one of the handful of physicians present at the conference, and I instantly found conversations with her both enlightening and entertaining. A quick look at her blog revealed that she's a prolific (and humorous) writer, besides an epidemiologist, an internist, a guardian angel for the homeless and mentally ill, and a cinematic producer with "The Lost Tampon" as her masterwork. Oh, by the way, she's also "the only Harvard Medical School graduate to have been awarded a Shoney’s Ten-Step Pin for documented excellence in waitressing".

I thought it only fitting to have an offbeat interview with the doctor, who can help me digest the vast amount of medical+digital bits I swallowed from Health 2.0.

In this episode, Doc Gurley explains to me what was fueling the exuberance at the conference: "Technology and health seem to have reached a critical mass. It really is a breakout phase, and people feel that exciting things are finally all coming together after they've been plugging away with it for a while... suddenly it's all starting to click".

Given my experience covering the biopharma sector, I was particularly interested in hearing her take on data mining companies such as PatientsLikeMe, where patients have taken it upon themselves to conduct clinical trials. Of course I would also be very curious to hear pharma companies' reactions to a phenomenon so drastically divergent from, or even defiant of, the formal process they have to follow.

- BeiBei Song, Essinova Host

Click on thumbnails on the right or the links below to watch more of this conversation:

Part 2: Behavior change - will tools help?


Part 3: Will IT cure health care?


Part 4: Patient communities


Part 5: ShareCare

Tags: Health 2.0, Doc Gurley, data mining, PatientsLikeMe, FirstLife

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