HealthOvate Chicago: What’s It All About?

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH

As far as I can tell, the Internet fueled innovation culture generically launched in earnest with the arrival of the ‘un-conference‘ amidst ‘web 2.0’ fueled conversations. An un-conference is:

an ad-hoc [experience] born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees‘.

Here participants (there are no spectators) generate a collaborative agenda of topical breakout sessions from multimedia to round-table style presentations imbued with a ‘vote with your feet‘ process and expectation. Initially expressed as ‘BarCamp‘ (mostly a bunch of tech developer and hacker types) the health[care] strain was launched under the HealthCamp moniker.

Then in 2007 the  albeit not an un-conference venue per se Health 2.0 convened as ‘first mover’ and the go-to healthTech industry showcase leveraging ‘web 2.0’ apps, platforms and service models into the health, wellness and healthcare space. Shortly thereafter a ‘piling on’ of sorts began to pepper the landscape of ‘innovation’ or ‘disruption’ enabling venues from the Digital Health Summit to TEDMED and HealthTech Conference. There are so many ‘digital health’ or healthTech innovation types venues these days it’s hard to choose let alone focus on where one might access the kind of information and collaborative support sought.

HealthOvate2Add to the mix the growing number of health oriented startup incubators, accelerators (Rock Health, BluePrint Health, HealthBox, StartUp Health, etc.) and the litany of ‘innovation’ efforts now domiciled at the institutional level whether health system or academia and you begin to get a sense of the prevalence of this mandate both domestically and globally. Basically, the race is on to enable the ‘triple aim’ – better experience of care, better health outcomes at lower per capita costs.

Enter HealthOvate, a unique forum of integrating a crowd sourced (semi un-conference-esque) gene-pool with an activated facilitation agent amidst a talented pool of determined innovators and you get to a somewhat gently structured hybrid of these two powerful currents.

For more information about HealthOvate Chicago or to register, click here.

For more information on the Xavier Center for Innovation (@XavierInnov8) or it’s core partner Care Innovations (@CareInnovations), click here and here.

Can’t make it to Chicago, follow via HealthOvate digital dashboard or via tweets tagged #healthovate on Monday, October 5th, 2015.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HealthOvate.




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