This week is Health IT Innovation week in Washington, DC—and
the events exceeded my expectations in every realm. The Health
Data Initiative Forum III sponsored the Health Datapalooza on
Tuesday/Wednesday—a sold out event that hosted an expo of
100 innovative new health IT companies, provided standing room only panel
presentations and included presentations by multiple keynote leaders
in this enthusiastic movement for health IT.
Perhaps the title “Rock Stars of Health Innovation” seems a
bit dramatic—but this time it is a literal!
The “Rock Star” lineup began with a real one—Jon Bon Jovi—only there was
no guitar in site. His passion and
talent goes far beyond singing—his credentials for the event included:
Chairman, Jon Bon Jovi Soul
Foundation; Member of the White
House Council for Community Solutions; and Project REACH Challenge Partner. “REACH” stands for Realtime Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless. Bon Jovi spoke to a spell-bound crowd how he
and his wife uncovered a situation of homelessness, wanted to make a difference
and “bumped into” Aneesh Chopra, the charismatic (and first) Chief Technology
Officer n his way to the restroom at an event—and asked him for help in
connected the homeless to facilities. In
characteristically warp speed fashion of this group, they launched the Project
REACH Initiative. I will continue with
more stories on this week, as every attendee and presenter had a story of how
health IT was helping one person make a difference—and you don’t have to be a
rock star to do it!