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w00t! Inaugural HealthCamp San Diego Scheduled For 9/7/10

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I must say, after my first meeting with Mark Scrimshire, HealthCamp evangelista extraordinaire, at the ‘cocktail party’ for the World Health Congress held in Carlsbad, California, in February of 2009, I became an inspired ‘healthcamper’. My participation and experience with HealthCamp for the next several months was ‘virtually’ via Twitter, and the periodic live streaming of HealthCamps’ on uStream. I got to experience my first HealthCamp ‘in the flesh’ at HealthCamp SFBay in October on my way to the Health 2.0 in San Francisco. Since then, I have adopted the charge to seed a HealthCamp in the city of San Diego.

Only recently did the generosity of Kaiser Permanente permit this vision to be fully realized. At a ‘pre-Barcamp’ San Diego social hour of life sciences and bio-tech tweeps including Mary Canady, aka @marycanady, I met Dr. Jeff Benabio, aka @dermdoc on Twitter. We discussed the granular and un-conference nature of HealthCamp, which he immediately ‘got’, and embraced as a practitioner of the social media arts, and bang! HealthCamp San Diego was borne! Thank you Dr. Benabio! Thank You Kaiser, especially, Danielle Cass aka @daniellecass.

So San Diego Tweeps, the inaugural meeting of HealthCamp San Diego will be held at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, in Mission Valley, on September 7th, prior to the 2nd Annual mHealth Inititative Conference on September 8th & 9th, 2010.

HealthCamp is a collaborative experience that typically tethers to how interactive digital or social media, open source and the best of the Internet, mobile (mHealth) web, and process innovation can enable better health(care) outcomes via more effective patient or consumer engagement, and incidentally further evolve developers in health technology applications and/or platforms.

HealthCamp is a user-organized ‘un–conference’ that brings together consumers (aka e-patients), health providers, payors, health industry experts and technology professionals for a one (1) day session to exchange ideas informally, locally, openly. Participants themselves provide the content, with break-out sessions they develop themselves and plug into a schedule grid on the day of the event. Anyone can present and host a session in nearly any format.

Past HealthCamp’s have been held in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Nashville, Oakland (the SF Bay area), Maryland, and the UK. For a brief overview of HealthCamp, click here.

HealthCamp San Diego is coordinating with the 2nd mHealth Networking Conference to be held at the same location following HealthCamp San Diego on September 8th and 9th, 2010.

Please consider joining us for this inaugural ‘un-conference’ experience. Among the many topics likely to be presented in the tech-enabled consumer empowerment conversation is emerging health information technology (HIT) capabilities, with an emphasis on new communication patterns enabled by mobile technologies for:

– patient communication by text and email
– clinician collaboration systems
– use of apps on mobile devices; and
– aspects of user-generated care

Fee: $25.00, $5.00 for full time students.

For more information, or to register, click here:

About HealthCamp

HealthCamp is a collaborative experience designed to create open space for peer-to-peer learning, group process collaboration and creative expression. As an ‘un-conference’ all session content is participant-generated, many of which tether either direct or indirectly to the promise of emerging interactive digital or social media, to improve health(care) outcomes via more effective patient and/or consumer engagement with their health. Particular focus is paid to the dynamic mHealth (mobile) market due to the exploding use of iPhone, Droid and other mobile devices.

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