"spirited health data movement" yeah!
Our High-Tech Health-Care Future

I read a great oped by the former director of the MIT Media Lab in print earlier this week but didn't share it out. Whoops! Never too late. Excerpt:

Frank Moss: "There is a rapidly growing network of inventors, academics and entrepreneurs who share a passion for empowering individuals to take control of their health. There is even a spirited health data movement, known as the Quantified Self, that is reminiscent of the Homebrew Computer Club, whose members helped spawn Apple and other companies in the early days of the personal computing revolution."

Me: You don't say? http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/07/programmable-self-quantified-self.html

Moss: "There’s also private sector money beginning to flow. Venture capitalists are ramping up their investments in health-tech start-ups. The X Prize Foundation is co-sponsoring a $10 million award for the best mobile device allowing consumers to diagnose their own diseases."

Sounds like a tricorder to me! http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2011-05/x-prize-foundation-offers-10-million-tricorder-diagnose-patients

Moss: "For its part, all the government has to do is to catalyze this revolution. One step in the right direction is http://Healthdata.gov, a free resource of public health data and tools that can help innovators quickly bring to market data-driven applications and services."

I believe I've heard the tune he's playing.

My former colleague, Barb Darrow, picked up the op-ed and reported it out further with material from GigaOm's recent conference:

As they say here on the Interwebs, read the whole thing.
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