this wellness digest deviates from the norm. i want to share some links and other resources i’ve learned about at south by southwest, particularly in this year’s fantastic health track. i’ve noted the hashtag for each session so you can check the twitter stream for other highlights.
i’m working fast, so excuse any mistakes or oversights. i’ll blog on the experience and take-aways when i get back to the real world.
1. apps for healthy kids: government challenges FTW (#a4hki)
a few of the winning apps and tools from this government challenge:
- pick chow!
- the snack neutralizer
- smash your food
this session also highlighted the current challenge—recipes for healthy kids challenge—and challengepost, who is the government’s partner and also helps organizations run challenges, host contests and solve problems.
2. health data everywhere: not a drop to link? (#health2dev)
this session explored how to take all of the suddenly available health data and use it to benefit individuals and populations at large.
- asthmapolis—an asthma inhaler with GPS, benefiting the individual while mapping asthma breakouts.
- health 2.0 conference—learn what’s happening in health + technology.
- 2011 health 2.0 developer challenge—pose a health challenge you want to crack. an app you wish existed.
- blue button—a government website that provides veterans and medicare beneficiaries access to personal health information.
- patients like me—this site aggregates patient-provided health information across multiple dimensions, giving patients vital information to manage their own care and conditions.
- ACOR acorlists—mailing lists for people with cancer and their caregivers.
3. health: is there really an app for that? (#healthapps)
this panel kicked around what’s currently happening with health apps and whether they’re really changing behavior (answer: not known yet).
- i’m expecting—medhelp and healthymagination app for soon-to-be moms
- my diet diary—medhelp and healthymagination app for tracking food intake
- mobile therapy—intel’s mood tracker
- bj fogg foggstuff—bj fogg shared a matrix for determining the usefulness of health apps (not yet online) and a link to all of his work
4. how open health data can improve america’s health (#sxswod)
todd park is like no government official. energetic, passionate and a good dresser, he fired up the room talking about how the government is providing an environment to improve health care. he profiled some of these solutions that put the government’s health data to work:
- itriage—app that helps you understand symptoms and use your GPS to find care
- meyouhealth community clash—a game that tells us about our community’s health
- rockhealth—a seed accelerator and supportive community for developing health apps that kicked off at south by southwest. applications open in april.
5. save the date: social health unconference, philadelphia, september 19
shwen gwee and dana lewis announced the plans for this year’s unconference at south by southwest. working with an advisory board that includes greg matthews (my cohealth co-founder), ed bennett, livestrong’s brooke mcmillan, andre blackman, marc monseau, fabio gratton and bryan vartabedian, they’re bringing together all of the different voices and streams invested in health for a daylong event.