The Boston Globe has named Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker of OpenNotes to the Globe's 100 Innovators of 2013. The list is made up of innovators working in a variety of fields, from health care to mobile advertising. Congratulations to Tom and Jan for their work on OpenNotes.
Your Quantified Self data would be a goldmine for scientific researchers—if only they had it, writes GigaOM. Funded by Pioneer, this new project aims to bring together companies, individuals and researchers to get a better sense of the health questions and issues that can be explored with the new pools of data.
Held on June 3 and 4, Health Datapalooza IV featured the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data by companies, startups, academics, government agencies and individuals. Pioneer team members attended Datapalooza to meet these thinkers and learn about new ideas.
On Friday, June 14, Project ECHO announced a new national institute focused on replicating the model and the launch of an innovative mental health clinic. Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News facilitated a lively conversation between primary and mental health care experts who discussed new approaches to delivering care and how new models such as ECHO are expanding treatment capacity and integrating mental health and substance abuse treatment with primary care.
On June 19 and 20, the Program in Placebo Studies (PiPs) – based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – will host a two-day series of public talks about the “Science of Placebo” featuring four of the world’s leading placebo researchers. More than a sugar pill, the placebo effect is everything that surrounds the health care experience that can influence patient outcomes, from a positive doctor-patient interaction to a patient’s hope in a medical treatment. RWJF’s Brian Quinn will discuss why RWJF chose to support PiPS’ seminar series, and PiPS Director Ted Kaptchuk will present on using placebos in clinical practice.
The ninth annual Games for Health Conference returns to Boston on June 26-28. More than 400 developers, researchers, investors, and leaders in health and health gaming from around the world will convene to learn, forge new perspectives, and debate on the state of health games and the road ahead.