Tom Curatolo, Senior Director of Commercial Strategy at Shire Pharmaceuticals, presented the ADHD Developer Challenge winners: Jeff Lee, CEO of Omniscience Mobile, and Rahlyn Gossen, Founder of RebarInteractive. The app they created, Traxion, has a virtual ADHD coach which helps schedule tasks and events, and reminds the user to complete those tasks as well as encourages and reinforces them along the way. The app also includes a focus mode which can block incoming mobile distractions, and set a specific amount of time one wants to focus.
Akhila Satish has spent her entire career in health care. Following her research at the National Institutes of Health, she studied decision-making processes among health care providers. She holds a deep belief that health care communication can and should be streamlined in a meaningful way; based on this belief she founded CyberDoctor in 2009. At CyberDoctor, her passion for a seamless patient experience is only matched by her deep understanding of the need for provider efficiency and effectiveness. She demonstrated their new adherence app, PatientPartner, for Health 2.0. Users choose a character they identify with and follow that character through certain decisions, seeing how those decisions can affect their life.
Jenn Lim is an expert on happiness. Author of Delivering Happiness, Lim turned a book tour into a business model when she and Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, Co-founded their company to inspire science-based happiness, passion, and purpose at work, home, and everyday life. At Health 2.0, Jenn dove into socio-medical understandings of happiness. Conclusions included the fact that companies who focused on their employee’s well-being succeeded over those who didn’t.
Joan Kennedy, VP of Consumer Health Engagement at Cigna, looked into finding a life solution, one consumer at a time. She approached this by partnering with consumers, using the vulnerability index and reverse analytics to study data gathered. The team decided to bring the solutions and support online, so that the users would feel more comfortable using the services.
Gabrielle Glaser’s work examines social, cultural, and national health trends and her work has been in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Oregonian, Glamour, Mademoiselle, and ScientificAmerican.com. Before Her Best-Kept Secret, she wrote Strangers to the Tribe: Portraits of Interfaith Marriage, and The Nose: A Profile of Sex, Beauty, and Survival. At Health 2.0 she shared anecdotes, data, and potential solutions for addressing the increasing trend of women drinking to cope with life stress.
Susannah Fox is the authority on what Americans are doing online regarding their health, and is a regular presenter at Health 2.0 conferences. On the Unmentionables panel she spoke on the data behind care-giving, recently including as much as 39% of the American population.
Elissa Epel, Associate Professor of Psychology at UCSF, examined how stress processes lead to early disease precursors, focusing on overeating, abdominal obesity, and immune cell aging, and whether interventions can reverse stress related tendencies and damage. Research shows that different kinds of suffering can lead to shorter telomeres. She is particularly interested in innovative solutions to the stress epidemic using cultural change and mobile technology for impacting daily life and for connecting people.
At Health 2.0 in 2008 Alex Drane founded Engage With Grace, a viral movement that encourages people to talk about end of life care. In 2010 she brought us the idea of the “unmentionables” and introduced Elizalife.org’s Ostrich Index. Now we spend every summer arguing about what’s the most unmentionable thing that we should get health and health technology people to talk about–and then Alex leads an amazing crew to talk about it–and show solutions. This year? Vulnerability, caregiving, social support, death, sex, taxes. Drane introduced the session by showing data revolving around these trends and the implications behind them.
Wendy Lynch is an expert on health, productivity and human capital management who helped develop the ElizaLife Ostrich Index. Now she’s at research shop Altarum and at Indiana University. A favorite of the Unmentionables panel, this year she shared more on the analysis, impact and implications of work stress on health through in depth research.