On the night of Friday March 7, 2015, I started my weekend stint as a judge at the Philips HealthSuite Hackathon and I was asked to say a few words on stage at the beginning of the program. For a variety of reasons, it was this quote and concept above that came to my mind at the time and here’s why: the healthcare industry is going through its own civil war right now.
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Ironic, isn’t it, to think that people would gather in Las Vegas for anything health-related, but yet there we all were, the digital health cabal, talking sensors and wearables and the Internet of Things that nobody is quite sure they want or need yet.
On January 7th I am heading to the International Computer Electronics Show (CES), one of the largest conferences in the world focused on all of the technologies we are not supposed to use while driving or in a dark movie theater or if we want to have a social life that expands beyond our cat.
I’m going to cheat a little today and reprint an article by Mary Stuart which was published in the December issue of In Vivo: The Business & Medicine Report. The article is essentially the slightly edited transcript of a panel I moderated recently at the IN3 Medical Device 360 Conference held in San Francisco.
I picked up The Atlantic November 2013 issue to read “The 50 Greatest Inventions Since the Wheel.” While these kind of sweeping generalization lists are always subjective, this particular list was compiled through a voting process that included a panel of 12 renowned scientists, engineers, technology historians, and entrepreneurs.
Perhaps because I have a sales/marketing/product background, or perhaps because sales/marketing/product development are such a focus of conversation when you hang around with entrepreneurs, I am often asked what business book I would most recommend on these topics.