Here’s my version of Short Attention Span Theater (which is pretty much what Twitter is anyway), of the recently concluded Health 2.0 Fall Conference, as I reported via Twitter. Note the juxtaposition between observation, commentary and snark.
Preconference sessions on Sunday:
Monday plenary sessions:
I also had an important question for HealthTap, one that so far has gone unanswered.
I retweeted/commented on many others’ tweets, too.
I found quite a bit of news and lack of news being announced on stage.
And don’t take kindly to vagueness about the word “solution.”
Then came the lamest presentation of them all, in a plenary session no less, a demo of an overly cutesy “life game” called Mindbloom. The presentation was accompanied by distracting sound effects of birds chirping the entire time, and the game itself featured a guide character called the “enlightening bug.” My impression?
Others weren’t so harsh, but at least had questions about the purpose and appeal.
I later asked fellow realist John Moore of Chilmark Research this question:
At least I wasn’t the only one worn out by having to separate the wheat from the chaff.
I did tone down my rhetoric a bit on Tuesday, though.
OK, maybe only a bit, especially after Microsoft’s Mike Raymer said, “It was good to have two companies create a marketplace,” in reference to Microsoft’s HealthVault and the soon-to-be-departed Google Health.
I highlighted what I saw as good points:
And I asked a question that I’d love to hear an answer to:
I would be less likely to tune out certain sessions if there were more related to healthcare and less to personal fitness and wellness. Of course, others have different viewpoints, which is why it might make more sense to separate the two into different conferences or at least different tracks.