Linda Tischler published an exciting article about Health and Wellness Innovation 2013 for Fast Company. It explores the inspiration behind the event, the dynamics of the innovation process, and highlights each of the projects.

Health and Wellness Innovation 2013 was a huge success. We are extremely proud of the 6 teams and their amazing accomplishments. In just 2 weeks, all of the teams made outstanding progress and worked tirelessly to build solutions for patient empowerment. The most inspiring part of the event was the amount of collaboration between teams and the tremendous community that formed around the common goal of improving health.

The awards for this year can be found here:

The project videos will be released in the next 2-3 weeks.

The beginning of Health and Wellness Innovation 2013 is only days away. We now have 80 registred participants from around the world who will occupy the 6th floor of the MIT Media Lab for 2 weeks. All of the teams have already been working to refine their exciting projects so that they can hit the ground running when they arrive. Kaiser Permanente has donated a total of $15,000 to support the teams in their endeavors, transforming the event into an ultra-rapid incubator. This is going to be fun! Follow the progress on twitter #HW2013.

Yechiel Engelhard and Michael Chiu participated in Health and Wellness Innovation 2012 as part of the winning Chameleon team. They have created a company called GeckoCap that is building a simple yet elegent connected device for tracking asthma inhaler usage. The device and accompanying software aim to empower patients to take an active role in their managment.

John Moore's PhD thesis focuses on the application of learning science principles to chronic disease management in order to empower patients to become active participants in their care. The goal is to improve outcomes while reducing cost and improving experience by maximizing patient self-efficacy in the setting of unprecedented clincian support, which is only achievable because of powerful new technology tools.

A piece entitled "A New Wave of Patient-Centered Care: Apprenticeship in the Management of Chronic Disease" was published in the Journal of Clincal Outcomes Management. Moore explores the potential for patients to not only develop self-efficacy but to develop mastery in goal-driven disease management tasks. They can then become mentors to other novice patients, effectively creating an exponentially scaling community of health.

We are extremely proud of the work that our 6 teams produced during Health and Wellness Innovation 2012. Congratulations to the Chameleon team for their outstanding project and prototype, which earned them this year's top prize.

Click here to view details: Health and Wellness Innovation 2012 Results and Videos

Consumer heath is a hot topic today, but the majority of entrepreneurial ventures result in "toy" projects that fail to make an impact in health. They gain only temporary engagement and fail to integrate with other health experiences. In his op-ed for the New York Times, Frank Moss describes the role that consumer health can play in boosting our economy if we make a more concerted effort in this country.

Ian Eslick joined Lybba founder Jesse Dylan to host a breakout session at Mayo Transform 2011 with collaborators Michael Seid of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital C3N project and Science Commons visionary John Wilbanks.

The topic was the “transformative power of data sharing and institutional transparency on health systems." The panel identified leading examples how value multiplies when institutions pool their information and share data openly. Data-sharing technologies in real-world systems will be discussed, drawn from several collaborations of both New Media Medicine, Lybba, and Cincinnati Children's.

Ultimately, resisting migration of patient data across institutional boundaries will be considered irresponsible because it contributes to slower scientific progress and poorer outcomes for patients. Yet many institutions do just that, making their living by hoarding and controlling patient data, and they fear the transition to a world where data is liquid.  Data liquidity and patient control of data are key to unlocking new scientific insight and improving healthcare practices for all.

John Moore was one of five finalists in the Philips Young Investigator Award at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society 2011 annual conference. The acknowledgement was based on his paper entitled "A Collaborative Awareness System for Chronic Disease Medication Adherence Applied to HIV Infection". The paper will be published in the IEEE EMBS conference proceedings.

John Moore was a guest on NPR's The Takeaway in response to the recent shut-down of Google Health. He discusses why personal health records have had limited success and why the future lies in Collaborative Health Records. The problem is obvious. People want caring when it comes to their health, not just a computer interface. The solution is simple. Individuals track their health using interfaces on cell phones, tablets, and televisions. The data is presented through compelling visualizations and synchronized with clinicians, family members, and friends. Individuals can receive care, advice, and social support through communication channels built on top of the Collaborative Health Record.