Health 2.0

A new organization, MedStartr, is bringing this concept to health care, where it can be particularly challenging to get a startup off the ground.
As the vote in the Senate to repeal the healthcare reform law failed, Silicon Valley played host to a discussion on real innovation for our healthcare system: the powerful potential of data.
We've all but lost the idea of reforming health care in our efforts to reform health insurance. But wise policymakers know that the best way to get results is to give people tools to practice prevention and wellness.
Patients don't just want to engage with doctors and nurses via social networking sites and new technologies. They also value face-to-face connection, collaboration and respect.
At the heart of this bottom up revolution is a concept called Health 2.0, which promises to do for medical care what the Web did for travel only a few years ago.
Companies are empowering consumers (or patients) giving them the tools to talk to one another, to question their doctors, to monitor their own conditions.