Innovators

I moved to San Francisco on January 1, 2011 for two primary reasons:

     1. To work alongside the largest critical mass of people in the U.S. doing effective health care innovation; and
     2. To figure out how to translate what I know works – what I have learned in real life about effective health behavior change – to an affordable and scalable format.

I have found the greatest number of answers to “what works?” in BJ Fogg’s Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford. I am blessed to learn from him and collaborate with other members of those labs every week.

Outside of the Stanford labs, the innovation I am involved with and observing is summed up beautifully  by John Schrom’s latest blog post.

So just who are the people here doing health care innovation?

Tech Developers (like John Schrom):
-build things quickly = build first, strategize after;
-masters of many digital languages;
-sedentary.

Entrepreneurs (like Ramin Bastani):
-make antiquated processes obsolete to create new markets;
-idea launchers interested in what catches;
-sociable.

Academics (like Neema Moraveji):
-practice rigorous but slow processes for increasing new knowledge;
-thought pioneers who believe in the power of data;
-intellectual.

Venture Capitalists (like Elias Bizannes):
-informed and not sure how to evaluate innovations;
-creative and stealthy with money and meetings;
-opportunistic.

Business Developers (like Ed Liebowitz):
-value proposition and differentiation experts;
-ambitiously competitive and revenue producing visionaries;
-practical.

Health Clinicians (like Jay Parkinson):
-direct people providers with a landscape view of health care;
-dedicated to medicine outside of traditional practice;
-diagnostic.

*I just realized everyone on this list is a man. So last but not least, the ladies,

Designers (like Sara ButoracLucie RichterSteph Habif, Elyse Marr, Shuquiao Song):
-use strategic methodologies to create beauty and fun;
-empathetics who capture the human condition; often dwell in concept.
-sensual.

These and many others are the bay area community of health innovators, and we all want to improve U.S. health care. We all come from different industries with different processes and speak different primary languages, so how can we define new processes that allow us to collaborate optimally? I’m very excited to speak about this on Sunday at Medicine 2.0.

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