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Health 2.0 Boston

Posted on May 15, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m in Boston enjoying meeting with a lot of really smart people at Health 2.0. As usual, the biggest value of the conference is the people you meet and the hallway conversations you have with those people. I’ll certainly be doing posts over the next couple weeks related to those conversations.

The other highlight of Health 2.0 was hearing Jonathan Bush speak. He was in true Jonathan Bush form and he’s great because you can guarantee that he’ll never give the same speech twice. As one person said in the hallway, the connection between him thinking it and him saying it is very short. It’s so short that it has no filter. My biggest complaint with Jonathan Bush’s talk was that they only gave him 20 minutes on stage. Not nearly enough.

For those who couldn’t make it, here’s the main points that Jonathan Bush provided:
1. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
2. “You need your partner’s ‘id’ as well as their signature.”
3. “Culture trumps capability.”

This is all really good advice for healthcare startup companies. One other thought from Jonathan Bush:

Here are some other good takeaways from Health 2.0 Boston that were tweeted out:


Very good advice and appropriate at Health 2.0 Boston since the focus of it is about partnerships.


There’s a compelling story if you look at how much uncompensated care physicians provide.

Esther Dyson Reason for Health IT Investment

Posted on December 19, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

If you do anything in the IT investing world and in particular the health IT investment world, then you’ve no doubt seen the name of Esther Dyson before. She’s a real power in the investing world and one of the smartest people I’ve seen and heard. So, I was intrigued to read this interview with Esther Dyson.

One question that really interested me was this one that speaks to why she’s so interested in health IT.

BI: As a pioneer in the Internet space, why the connection to health?

ED: It’s the most intellectually interesting and financially rewarding. I don’t do this for the money, but I expect it to be profitable. But it’s also fundamentally more interesting and fundamentally more valuable. I’m not sure how to fix education, but I do think I can impact people [by helping them live healthier].

It has been interesting to see how many recent investments she’s made in healthcare. Here’s the list:
Applied Proteomics, Genomera, Habit Labs, HealthEngage, Health Loop, HealthRally, HealthTap, Keas, Medico, Medivo, Omada Health, Organized Wisdom, PatientsLikeMe, Resilient, Tocagen, Mequibrium, VitaPortal.ru, GreenGoose, PatientsKnowBest, and Valkee.

I think Esther is right about healthcare IT investing will be profitable and also will really impact people. For these reasons, I think we’re about to see an explosion in health IT investment in startup companies that we hadn’t seen before.