Oct 29

Health 2.0 Silicon Valley: A Moment with Mike Painter MD RWJF

By Gregg Masters

One of the early physician adopters in social media who’s path I crossed on twitter circa 2008-ish pre ‘push’ marketing and relentless ‘look at me’ spamming blitz era we now find ourselves in, was Michael Painter MD aka @paintmd.


If memory serves me well, we first met ‘IRL’ on the campus of NIH at the IOM during Health Datapalooza 2011, and have been twitter colleagues ever since. Mike’s into cycling and I’m – being a Californian – am quite fond of, well, surfing. As such we occasionally comment on each others pics in the tweetstream but also banter now and then on health policy stuff. Though soft spoken, Mike is a thoughtful and effective curator of health reform and the associated narrative of the innovation or transformation imperative.

When our paths crossed most recently at Health 2.0 Silicon Valley I invited Mike to sit down with my colleague and HealthInnovation Media cofounder Dr. Pat Salber to update us on some of the many programs in the health innovation incubator of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mike called particular attention to both Aligning Forces for Quality (@AF4Q) et sequelae challenges and the ‘culture of health‘ vision. For a recent blog post see: ‘A Giant Step Toward a Culture of Health‘ by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MPH aka @Risalavizzo.

Meanwhile, enjoy this collegial chat with Mike and Pat.



  1. Beth Battinelli

    Enjoyed the interviewed. Especially enjoyed the explanation of the winning challenge. The game interface sounds realistic, sometimes there are no good choices. At least she didn’t get diabetes, right?

  2. Gregg Masters

    Thanks for your comment Beth. We try to make them timely, informative and entertaining as well.

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