Our Vision of Health 2.0 in Berlin

Recently one of the most important events in the field of Health 2.0 was held in Berlin – Health 2.0 Europe. With over 300 attendees from 30+ countries and 75 speakers presenting new Health 2.0 projects and technologies, it was certainly a showcase of innovation and transformation in healthcare.

The conference was held in the largest Hospital in Germany, Charité , not far from the Brandenburg Gate. Less than 500 meters from where the wall divided Europe, more than 400 people from both sides of Europe gathered to enjoy the latest in Health 2.0 technologies.

The audience was up close and interactive with the intense and inspiring lineup of speakers who presented the merits of their Health 2.0 technology or project to transform healthcare.

From this lineup, we’d like to highlight projects that stood out to us…

SXT Health CIC – A mobile SMS-based platform that provides rapid access to tailored sexual health information and medical professionals based on need and geography.

Blue Button – Innovation to allow patients access to their own medical records was one of the important issues of the day and so it is important to emphasize the concept of Blue Button technology – allowing patients simple yet secure access to their personal medical history through a highly visible, clickable button. This electronic health record (EHR) can be downloaded and made available to a specialist with only one click. Blue Button is now in widespread use by hospitals, doctors and health plans across the United States. Several vendors of this system, including the U.S. Administration, explained the possibilities of this technology for patient information.

In the closing Keynote, Peter Levin, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and developer of the Blue Button initiative, spoke about the incredible impact of the Blue Button and how important it is to give this accessibility to patients, while safeguarding their patient data and maintaining data security.

The Vice President of Kaiser Permanente also explained how this innovative American insurer tries to give access to mobile history to all its affiliates.

Khresmoi.eu – A powerful multilingual search and access system for biomedical information, which will provide reliable and understandable text and image results from multiple data sources. It’s geared not only to medical doctors and radiologists, but also to patients and their relatives seeking trusted and understandable medical information in their own language.

iWantGreatCare – A platform allowing local patients to rate and review doctors, dentists, hospitals, medicines and care homes, in the language of their choice. Using real-time patient experience to transform patient care.

Medting – A web-based platform for clinical case collaboration allowing doctors to request second opinions from other doctors around the world.

Fundacion Recover – An organization working to make healthcare more accessible in disadvantaged areas by using web and social technologies to allow physicians from Africa to collaborate and request second opinions from physicians in Spain. Fundacion Recover has an innovative partnership with Medting to connect African doctors to specialists in Spain to work jointly on difficult medical cases and deliver care in Africa. 

And finally, UniversalDoctor Speaker was presented! With many positive reactions from the attendees, some of which are shared below:

We received a lot of interest on creating joint platforms and integrating UniversalDoctor multilingual technology into various Health 2.0 projects. We’re excited to move forward on these ideas.

The Health 2.0 Conference in Berlin ended with a dinner where all the different Health 2.0 Chapter managers explained what Europeans are doing in their respective cities. Many laughs and stories were shared among this lively group of European entrepreneurs trying to influence innovation in this field. These past few weeks, the Chapter of Barcelona has been very active and is becoming a strong local network.

This year’s Health 2.0 Europe Conference was once again a great success thanks to  Matthew Holt (Health 2.0 Conference co-founder), Pascal Lardier (Health 2.0’s international ambassador), Emily Hagerman, Grace Moen, Patrick Houck and all the other organizers and people involved.


For a full overview of the Conference, head over to MedCrunch and see their Health 2.0 Conference Review, or check out this summary article in Health 2.o News.

The next Conference will be Health 2.0 Middle East on January 27-28, 2013 in Dubai.

Topics will include: Diabetes 2.0 – What’s in your big pocket (tablets) – GeoMedicine – Medical Tourism 2.0 – Health 2.0 and Arab Social Media – Pharma 2.0 – Health 2.0 for Payers – EHR/PHR – Personal Trackers

To follow the projects we mentioned, you can find them on Twitter:

@UniversalDoctor | @Health2eu | @pascal_lardier | @boltyboy | @iwgc | @Medting |

@khresmoi | @SXTHealthCIC | @MedCrunch

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