Data Design Diabetes Demo Day (whew!)

On Wednesday, I was in New York along with other members of GreenDot to make our presentation to the judges and audience as semi-finalists in the Sanofi Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge.  Our mission at GreenDot is to collect diabetes related data from all sources into one platform and make it more accessible, intuitive, and actionable.

The energy in the room during the five semi-finalist presentations and afterwards was phenomenal, and really exciting to be part of.  The people in the room, both semi-finalists and attendees, all have incredible energy and passion about innovations in health care, and there is no doubt in my mind that many major improvements will be forthcoming from everyone who was there.  I’m really happy to be a part of this competition and have the chance to meet so many wonderful people.

For the first time, I even had the exciting experience of meeting someone who recognized me because of this blog!  (Thank you for reading, Anna!)


To vote for GreenDot, click here.  We’ll find out on May 24th whether or not we move on in the competition to the final two.


A few photos from New York and Demo Day:

Major Health IT Themes for 2012, belatedly

This is a good two months overdue, but still worth putting out there.  This article from iHealthBeat asked 9 health IT experts about the major trends in Health IT from 2011 and for some predictions for 2012.  Their answers were insightful and I think are, as always with health IT, very relevant to diabetes.

The major trends that I think are most relevant to diabetes care in the US:

1) Consumer engagement: The e-patient movement will continue to gain steam as consumers continue to become more empowered and engaged in their own healthcare.  Patients can expect to be more involved and more informed about their health.

2) mHealth: More mobile health products will be designed, developed, released to market.  This will include a flood of products in the diabetes arena.

3) Improved analytics for large data

4) The current lack of interoperability and standards:  This is true both for Electronic Health Record systems and other Health IT.  This is going to be a hindrance towards improved care and cost savings.