By: Steven Chan, MD

Health 2.0’s annual conference starts next week at a new venue in California’s famous Silicon Valley. The conference focuses on business aspects and the economics of healthcare, and features product launches from start-ups and established companies. iMedicalApps will be there to cover the latest health technologies and demos.

Some of their sessions of interest to physicians include:

  • Digital Health and the Underserved — focusing on the Medicaid population & the historically uninsured, a market with a greater diversity of health needs
  • Improving Outcomes Through Adherence — demos for improving patient adherence to wellness plans and medications
  • The New Landscape for Digital Diagnosis & Health Management — covering video doctors visits, sensors, and more accessible home visits
  • The Virtual Couch: Platforms for Online Mental Health — addressing psychiatric needs through games, personalized online counseling, and mood tracking
  • Unmentionables — addressing childhood exercise, divorce and personal relationships, sleep, care-giving, money, suicide, work stress, poverty, sex and end of life issues
  • Health Care Marketplaces — covers recent changes in government and the PPACA (Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) legislation, including state and federal exchanges, the impact on insurance plans and providers, and consumer education

The conference will also feature numerous pre-conference panelists and sessions, including: Mad*Pow’s Beyond Gamification: Designing Behavior Change Games workshop, a global digital health workshop on the international market, academic workshops from  University of Michigan & Claremont Graduate University, and specialized separate pre-conference days on digital health for employers, patients, and doctors.

Health 2.0’s annual conference will be hosted at the Santa Clara Convention Center, within walking distance of ACE & Amtrak commuter rail and VTA light rail.

Steven Chan, M.D., M.B.A., is a resident physician at the University of California, Davis Health System, researching psychiatry, telemedicine, mobile technology, & human behavior. Steve previously worked as a software and web engineer as well as creative designer at Microsoft & UC Berkeley. Visit him at and @StevenChanMD.

Image from Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce.