When I grew up, the primary sources of health information for most of us were our physicians or our friends and family. But over the past decade the resources we use and rely on for health information, and how we use it, have radically changed. With the ubiquitous availability of the Internet, we’re now taking on the role of gathering and assessing this information ourselves, often before we visit or return to our doctors. To find health information, most of us turn to search engines or health sites — whether to answer questions about a new physical discomfort, a known ailment or about a health matter facing a child or other person we care.
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Our founder and CEO, Ron Gutman’s visionary piece on Interactive Health is featured in Forbes today. Ron highlights that Interactive Health is not about “fixing” the broken healthcare system; it’s about engaging each of us, well or ill, in our health, well-being, and the process of care. Moreover, it’s about empowering physicians and healthcare professionals to actively participate and help us achieve better and more cost-effective care. Interactive health is about making health knowledge, supportive care, and motivation available to us, anytime and anywhere, so that we can integrate this wisdom into our daily actions to live longer, healthier, happier lives.
There’s just over 1 week to go until the first ever Quantified Self conference, where I’ve been invited to speak on Quantifying the Smile. Quantified Self is all about bringing people together- users and tool makers- who are interested in self-tracking and the potential impact it can have on ourselves as individuals and as a society.
On Saturday, May 14th, over 700 leading thinkers and doers gathered at Stanford University to discuss social innovation and the emerging concept of Living by Numbers at TEDx Silicon Valley 2011. This independently organized TED event, which was planned from a small office in Silicon Valley and was produced by a dedicated handful of event organizers and volunteers, far outgrew the boundaries of it’s locale. Over 350,000 people joined TEDx Silicon Valley via livestream from over 50 countries around the world, and the event became a national trending topic on Twitter. From the quality of speakers to the vibrant discussions in the community during the breaks, TEDx Silicon Valley was one of the most thought-provoking, inspiring and impactful conferences I’ve experienced. It was a huge success, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped me make it happen.
Numbers have always been at the center of innovation in Silicon Valley. Now a new concept (and what some would call a movement), Living by Numbers, is gaining significant momentum here and elsewhere. New ways of collecting, tracking, and analyzing data – not just as communities but actually as as individuals – are giving way to significant insights, and creating new opportunities. Numbers transformed into information and then morphed into wisdom and eventually action will become an influential platform for the next era of innovation. As LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman noted earlier this year: big data is the next big thing – it “is where some massive innovation will happen that will transform our lives.”
We’re smiling because our CEO Ron Gutman just had a Guest article posted on Forbes.com about the health benefits of smiling! Smiling can help you look great and competent, reduce your stress and feel good. Read more about the benefits – complete with research data!