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Learning and being immersed in the digital health movement has never been easier than attending a Health 2.0 conference. A Health 2.0 conference goes beyond merely covering the latest apps: the conference covers how products and ideas can thrive in the complex tangle of government networks, health systems, and insurance companies & payors.

The upcoming Health 2.0 9th Annual Fall Conference in Silicon Valley will take place this October 4-7, 2015. More than 150 speakers, along with more than 100 panels, workshops, and discussions, will take place in the Santa Clara Convention Center in northern California. And it’ll be free for physicians.

72449-image02 72449-image00The conference will feature James Madara, MD, EVP & CEO of the American Medical Association, which has taken great strides in recent years towards advocating for improved health information technology resources and rules for physicians. Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss clinical data uses and physician user experience issues.

New product demos and technologies, along with its pre-conference Health 2.0 San Francisco Code-a-thon, Health 2.0 market intelligence analysis, and other pilots will be showcased.

Some highlights of the conference that are particularly relevant for our readers include:

  • A workshop on designing innovative apps by HIMSS and Macadamian, with employing user-centered design frameworks and making sure users keep wanting to use your app.
  • Two key workshops on population health behavior change & motivational psychology by Dustin DiTommaso of the Mad*Pow design firm and user experience design blueprint strategies by Mad*Pow’s Jonathan Podolsky.
  • A new Innovating Care Delivery Symposium subsumes last year’s Doctors 2.0 session to include hospital & provider executives to discuss health system issues. Institutions such as UC San Francisco (UCSF), Mt. Sinai, Ascension, Advocate, and Henry Ford Health System Innovations will discuss case studies of pilots and innovation initiatives, value-based initiatives, clinical workflow tools, and ideas on implementing change.

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  • Robert Wachter, MD, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF, will deliver a keynote from his New York Times bestselling book The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age. Dr. Wachter coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is considered the “father” of the hospitalist field.
  • Margaret Cary, MD MBA MPH, will deliver the “Executive Coaching for Success” workshop for health entrepreneurs, with information on what to look for in a coach and supervised training.

From my own personal experience both volunteering — back as a medical student — and covering the conference for iMedicalApps, I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Health 2.0 experience, watching fresh ideas unfold and be discussed, and meeting some of the brightest minds in the digital health space. Health 2.0 is a great way to learn about the digital health industry. And, it’s definitely not your typical “stodgy” academic conference.

Full-time practicing health care providers can attend the pre-conference Innovating Care Delivery Symposium and the full Health 2.0 conference free of charge by completing the physicians form. The standard admission rate is otherwise US$1,999.

Volunteer opportunities are also available. Complete a volunteer application, and volunteer for a minimum of 2 full days of the entire 4-day conference, in exchange for free admission to the 9th Annual Fall Conference.