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Innovation at SXSW V2V

Posted on August 12, 2013 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.

This week I have the opportunity to attend the first extension of SXSW interactive outside of Austin. The event is called SXSW V2V and is happening in Las Vegas (yes, I have an obvious Vegas bias). Last night was the opening event and I was amazed at the depth of the interaction that occurred at the opening event. As I compare it to similar opening events at HIMSS it’s hard to even compare. At the HIMSS event it’s a struggle to engage people at the event. I usually do, because that’s who I am, but I was amazed how many people were willing and interested in engaging at SXSW V2V.

In one evening I had a chance to interact with a broad spectrum of people across the tech startup ecosystem. It was fascinating to see what various entrepreneurs are doing in 3D rendering, travel, bitcoin, and many other areas. I even enjoyed some time with Kyle Samani from Pristine. Kyle had his Google Glasses on and basically was able to start a conversation with anyone in the hall. I guess Google Glasses are a good investment if for nothing other than meeting new people at conferences.

I’m sure that many wonder what value I’ll get out of attending a tech event like SXSW V2V (Although, I do have a blog about Vegas Startup companies). No doubt there are very few people at the event working in healthcare specifically. Besides Kyle I also ran into my congressman who was an MD in a past life. So I did have a conversation with him about meaningful use (that post later). However, the lack of healthcare knowledge is exactly why I enjoy attending an event like this. There’s real value in getting outside of our healthcare box and seeing how we can apply technology or experiences from other industries to healthcare.

Take for example bitcoin. I expect that many in healthcare will wonder how a virtual currency will matter to healthcare. The obvious use is when people want to start paying your clinic in bitcoin. The less obvious application is using the processing power that “mines bitcoin” to solve some of medicine’s hardest problems. There are a lot of major healthcare problems that need a whole lot of computing power. The human genome was just the start. Bitcoin could be one way to access computing power well beyond the most powerful super computers in the world.

This is just a simple example of the power of learning things beyond the healthcare industry. I’m excited to see what other things I’ll learn over the next few days of the conference. Not that I don’t enjoy deep discussions about meaningful use and EHR certification. I love those too, but those deep discussions are often informed by learning about industries and technologies that aren’t in healthcare.

SXSW Accelerator Event for Health IT Startup Companies

Posted on October 24, 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.

Each of the past two years I’ve had a growing desire to go to SXSW. This desire has been fueled by the growing healthcare IT section of SXSW. In 2013, SXSW will have a whole campus dedicated to healthcare IT. That’s a great thing for healthcare and should make for an amazing event.

Also, of major interest to me has been the healthcare portion of the SXSW Accelerator. This is the fifth edition of the SXSW Accelerator which showcases some of the web’s most exciting innovations. The healthcare IT companies that were part of SXSW Accelerator last year are: Medify, Jiff, BodiMojo, CellScope, Simplee, Beyond Lucid Technologies, VitalClip, and Ginger.io.

For those health IT startup companies that are interested, the application deadline is Friday, November 9, and the event itself will be March 11-12, 2013 in Austin, TX. You can apply and find more information on the SXSW Accelerator page.

Past judges of the event have included Tim Draper of DFJ, Chris Hughes of Facebook and Jumo, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Craig Newmark of Craiglist, Robert Scoble of Rackspace and Scobleizer, Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference, Chris Shipley of Demo and Guidewire, and Tom Conrad of Pandora to name a few. I’ve been honored to be part of the SXSW Accelerator board and looking at the names of who they’re planning to be involved in 2013 is impressive. Plus, I’m doing my part to make sure that healthcare IT is well represented and that the SXSW accelerator is as good a launching pad for health IT startup companies as possible.

Those companies that participate can improve their product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish their elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer.

Let me know if you’re a health IT company that applies and we’ll have to be sure to catch up at the event.

Which EMR Conferences Do You Attend?

Posted on December 27, 2010 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.

This week I finally got my flight and hotel all lined up for my trip to HIMSS. Thanks to Practice Fusion for sponsoring that part of my trip to HIMSS. It’s greatly appreciated. I think Orlando is going to be a great destination for HIMSS and the energy and excitement is going to be something else thanks to the EMR stimulus money. It should be a pretty exciting event with far too many people, sessions and vendors to take in.

I’m still considering throwing together a New Media Meetup at HIMSS like I did last year. It was a lot of fun and worked out well since we just partnered with MEDecision to pull it off. If you’re interested in helping put something like that together or attending an event like that, let me know and I’ll be sure to let you know the details. I personally really like these sorts of intimate meetings with interesting people who understand New Media like blogs, twitter, Facebook, etc.

What other conferences do people attend? I’ve been to a number of different EMR events this last year. The Mobile Health Expo was a fun event and should get better as it grows. I really enjoyed mixing it up with all the doctors at AAFP (even if I did get kicked out of a session since I wasn’t a doctor).

I’d wanted to go to MGMA this year, but couldn’t quite swing it. The good thing is that the 2011 MGMA Annual Conference is in Las Vegas (my backyard) and so I can easily attend while still enjoying my own bed. HIMSS 2012 is also going to be in Las Vegas which is very convenient for me. Obviously, you can see I have a bit of a bias to EMR or healthcare IT related conferences in Las Vegas. It’s just so much nicer and luckily a fair amount of them come to Las Vegas.

I heard there’s going to be a healthcare portion of SXSW in Austin. That’s a conference I’ve always wanted to go to. Health 2.0 could also be interesting, but I find it much more consumer health app focused than EMR and doctor focused.

Are there any other EMR related conferences that I should keep my eye on?