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A quick download from today's Connect Digital Health Summit

Jason Berek-Lewis
Social media, content, PR, sales consultant @ Healthy Startups


Today I was lucky enough to attend the Connect Expo 2014 Digital Health Summit in Melbourne, Australia*. It's after 11:45pm on Friday (AEST) as I type this and I'm exhausted, but I wanted to write up a quick post about the day before I jump into some more detailed reflection and analysis of the conference next week:

  • Far and way the most interesting and engaging presentation of the day was the case study The digital hospital in action: a sneak peak of St Stephen's Hervey Bay. The presentation was delivered by Richard Royle, Executive Director UnitingCare Health Queensland

    See more at the Connect Digital Health Summit website 
  • If you have been following this blog for some time you will know of my interests in UI/UX in healthcare and health clinic/ hospital design. St Stephen's Hervey Bay will be Australia's premier digital hospital boasting clinician driven design that delivers enhanced services to patients. The hospital will be a showcase of how digital technologies shape the healthcare experience. The AU$ 87.5 million project is set to be completed in September 2014
  • The chance to hear more from my colleague Lissanthea Taylor from Rise Healthcare Group, and HealthTech Sydney Meetup Group on collaboration and community building to drive innovation in health
  • The 'best' part of the event was the chance to meet so many innovators and champions of digital health. When you live outside the USA you can sometimes develop the impression that innovation, startup, mhealth, quantified self and technology culture is all driven out of Silicon Valley. Yet, all the way out in Australia, there are startups, accelerators, entrepreneurs, doctors, patients, software and IT vendors, cloud technologies, mobile applications that are changing the way, and even leading the way, in which we deliver healthcare in to the future. More on that soon!

I also spent a lot of time on the trade show floor speaking with people from Tunstall Healthcare, uHealth, BluePoint (who gave me a chance to try the awesome Chromebook Pixel!), Ruckus Wireless, Cruiser Interactive and (saved the most awesome for last) GE Healthcare.

All in all, a most awesome day. Now... I must sleep! 


* Disclosure: I received a complimentary media pass to attend the Connect Expo 2014 Digital Health Summit.


10 most popular health startup and social media posts in 2013

Jason Berek-Lewis
Social media, content, PR, sales consultant @ Healthy Startups


I can't quite believe that in November 2013 Healthy Startups turned 3! Here I am, here we are, years after this first post. 2013 was the biggest year yet for traffic to Healthy Startups - and there were many more 'pay offs' from the effort that I have put in to the site: I finally got paid to work with, and consult to, healthcare startups and I was invited to speak at conferences and to attend conferences that I otherwise would never have gone to.

In 2013 my biggest 'ROI' from Healthy Startups was the awesome opportunity to network with, support and learn from entrepreneurs and innovators all across the world who share one dream - to change healthcare for the better.  

Let's work together to make 2014 awesome! 

Here are the 10 most popular posts on Healthy Startups in 2013

10. Regulation, risk and the 'go slow' in healthcare innovation

A post that I am super proud of and likely the most 'political' piece I have written for the site. Why are startups are driving change in healthcare? They are agile, fast and largely free of the red tape and vested interest politics that have caused our health systems to stagnate. 

9. Nutrislice answers 6 for a startup

A great example of how a platform like Healthy Startups can help to promote the awesome work of innovators in healthcare.

8. Attack of the healthcare startup clones

A homage to sci fi and a look at why imitation is sometimes better than innovation.

7. 5 reasons why your health app will fail

A few tips on building an engaging app that helps people to be healthier. 

6. The biggest UI and UX challenge in healthcare (it's not what you think)

Another post that I am incredibly proud of - I know that sounds arrogant, but this is some of my best thinking about design in healthcare (something that I am super passionate about).

5. 7 ways to get more media coverage for your startup - right now!

It's about time I put all that 'spin doctoring' to good use!

4. Doctors are the new search engines

A post that could be about the perils of ePatients or a homage to the intellectual giants in our health systems.

3. Why your medical practice needs a social media strategy

Does a small medical practice really need to be active on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter... Do they really need a social media strategy?

2. 100 trends that will change healthcare

A massive list chronicling the massive changes that technology, mobile networks, ePatients, social media, startups and innovators will bring to healthcare into the future.

1. Startups: Do 1 thing

This seemed like a throw away post. It took me a handful of minutes to write, yet it is the most read post on the site. Is it the headline? You tell me.


I'm excited to continue on this journey in 2014. Please let me know which topics, trends or ideas you think I should explore on the site in 2014. Also, let me know if you would like to contribute to the site in 2014. I can't pay for guest posts, but I can give you access to a world wide audience that is engaged, passionate and excited about the potential to change healthcare in 2014 and beyond.

Thanks so much for all your support! 


3 Ways Collaborative Health Solutions are Changing Healthcare

Jessica Day
Marketing Director @ IdeaScale



Crowdsourcing and health innovation have long gone hand in hand. Any time someone amasses data from a wealth of patient responses as part of market research or surveys an entire company of employees for new healthcare ideas – that’s crowdsourcing. But with the advent of new technology and constant communication, change and healthcare innovation are an imperative that both patients and employees have come to expect. Using crowdsourcing and innovation management tools effect healthcare providers in three key ways.

Empowering End Users

Patients know more about their diseases and the options available to them. It is more likely that a patient will be knowledgeable today and participate in decision making than ever before. For example, according to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic “Among 824 patients waiting to see a general practitioner, 86% expressed the desire to determine the choice of treatment in conjunction with their physician and to establish a therapeutic partnership.”

Increasing the Pace of Innovation

Because feedback and ideas can be received at any time, businesses are learning to keep up with the speed of suggestion. Businesses can literally begin to institute change the moment the idea comes through the door and others can begin to benefit from those moments of inspiration.

Improve Employee and Customer Satisfaction

Simply involving public or private communities in the conversation increases customer or employee satisfaction. This is true in any industry where service is at a premium and the people that know your product or service best are the people who are receiving it or doling it out every day. And most of the time, people are chomping at the bit to participate (like the story below, which generated 100% participation).

IdeaScale is an idea management tool that works with clients around the world to create solutions for numerous health-based solutions, whether that’s helping them find ways to make healthcare more accessible or learning more about diseases.

One healthcare client was BAYADA Home Health Care, which is a trusted leader in home health care—providing home health care services to children and adults of all ages in the comfort of their own homes. Over the years, BAYADA has attracted other like-minded health care professionals who now comprise a team of more than 18,000 home health care professionals serving communities in 25 states from 260 offices.

In the fall of 2012, BAYADA Chief Operating Officer Linda Siessel challenged the organization to find a solution for identifying and gathering the innovative thinking that was taking place in the 260 BAYADA service offices around the country. And in a short period of time had collected more than 400 ideas for changing the way that company did business.

To learn what sorts of changes were implemented and how the company was able to assemble the voices of participants all around the nation, download the Bayada case study here.


Jessica Day is a marketing and technology writer and editor for IdeaScale, a leading innovation software solution for idea management. She received her Masters in Writing from the University of Washington. Day also blogs about crowd-based innovation and idea management solutions at



Cariloop answers 6 for a startup 

Jason Berek-Lewis Founder, Healthy Startups 


Michael Walsh is a busy man. The Texan health entrepreneur is Cofounder of a health startup called Cariloop, Founder of Health 2.0 Dallas and the regular HealthSparx podcast. Phew! As if that wasn't enough, he recently sent me his answers to 6 for a startup...

How will you disrupt healthcare, specifically in the senior care industry?

By replacing the outdated process our country’s caregivers go through to research, locate, and connect with senior care providers with something more current, cost effective, and efficient – Cariloop.

What inspired you to launch a healthcare startup?

Our founding team has a real passion for helping people and solving problems, so it was only a matter of time before we found something at the intersection of both these core values and got inspired. 

Families across the country (USA) are literally seeing their lives get turned upside down financially and emotionally when having to make choices about their aging loved ones. One minute, life is normal, and the next, you are thrown into the position of having to make life or death decisions about your parents or grandparents. It can be extremely frightening.

We saw this problem very clearly and knew with the proper tools and education, our country’s families could better navigate the stress of this particular situation and produce a more positive outcome or experience.

Where can we learn more about your healthcare startup?

Cariloop launched in beta to the state of Texas back in April, 2013 – check it out at

We are also active on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Google Plus (

Are you bootstrapping or seeking investors? Why?

Cariloop has been completely bootstrapped to this point, but we will be looking to do a fundraising round here this winter as we prep to do our national rollout in the first part of 2014.  

What is the number 1 challenge you face in building your healthcare startup?

The healthcare environment is undergoing a complete metamorphosis right now, so our customer’s buying appetites are a bit tethered to the moods of the marketplace, which can make it a challenge sometime to propose something new to them. Our team will be big time focused on making sure we provide a huge value proposition to customers right out of the gates so that our retention rates start and remain high.  

What fundamental change will the web/ social media/ apps/ new technology bring to healthcare in the next 3 - 5 years?

This is an incredibly exciting time in healthcare. Thanks to all these incredible technologies and tools, patients and their families are becoming more and more powerful. With this trend comes savvier consumers, better decisions, and dollars saved – all must haves if the healthcare environment is to truly make some long term improvements.


Crowdhealth launches crowdsourcing for self-management

Jason Berek-Lewis Founder, Healthy Startups 


A few weeks back I had the opportunity to catch up with David Breiss, a London based doctor who is co-founder of a UK health startup called Crowdhealth. Here's an inside look at our chat over the interwebs...

Jason: Hi David! Welcome to Healthy Startups. So, please introduce Crowdhealth to our readers.

David: Thanks Jason. Crowdhealth is an online hub where patients, carers and clinicians can come together to learn about, and share opinions on, self-managing bowel conditions, while reviewing the latest self-management resources available.

One of the key focuses of Healthy Startups is how technology empowers patients to better manage their health - so I think we are talking about the same thing. What’s your take on self-management, why focus on it and how can Crowdhealth help patients?

Self-management is about patients doing the best for themselves and taking control. We believe looking after our health shouldn’t be any different to the way we look after the other parts of our life.

Self-management isn’t about becoming a surgeon and operating on ourselves at home! It’s about making decisions to best manage a condition the way the person wants to.

That could sound daunting to someone who has just been diagnosed with a bowel condition...

Although it may sound solitary, self-management shouldn’t be. It needs to fit in with the support from healthcare professionals. So, it’s not only making the time between seeing the doctor the best it can be, but it’s also about making the time with the doctor as useful as possible.

You mentioned the solitary feeling people may experience when they are diagnosed or being treated for a bowel condition. What are some ways to get around this and how can Crowdhealth help? 

Many online patient communities are springing up and the power of people coming together through social media is creating a formidable force. We believe that the participation of all of us together as ‘the crowd’ will help find the best ways to self-manage and keep well.

What is the inspiration behind building Crowdhealth?

The inspiration to develop Crowdhealth came from the fact that there is so much out there on the internet that we can get lost. Knowing what to look for, where to go and what to trust is vital and Crowdhealth is creating a path through the mass of self-management information.

Is 'self management' a type of buzz word or the way forward for healthcare? 

Self-management is a big growth area. Healthcare systems are buckling under the weight of people living longer, new medical breakthroughs, rising costs etc, so self-management becomes vital.

We are seeing a surge in online tools to assist patients and Crowdhealth is a site that hopes to start meeting these self-management needs.

Self-monitoring is constantly in the news. New apps, new technologies and new sites provide patients with every way to monitor themselves. Self-monitoring relies on patients to start to take control of their health in ways they never used to do.

This change in dynamic is a big shift in healthcare. Patients will become more interactive and will often know more than the doctor that is treating them. After all, the patient is the real expert in that condition. That raises the question as to how the doctors and other healthcare professionals of the future will need to change?

Now you are getting me all fired up about the healthy cyborgs revolution! One of the aspects I find so interesting about crowdhealth is that you have focused on a niche within patient empowerment... 

Crowdhealth's aim is to be part of this change and to help patients with bowel conditions, and all those involved in their care, by being a place to develop confidence in understanding what self-managing is and finding the right resources, while sharing what works well and what doesn't.

Thanks so much David. Before you go, can you tell me more about yourslef and your cofounder Michael Seres?  

At 12 years old Michael was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. He studied law and politics at the London School of Economics, before further surgery interrupted his studies. After many operations and intestinal failure, he underwent a rare small bowel transplant in the UK in 2011. He now serves on the Executive Committee of the Oxford Transplant Foundation and is the spokesperson for a national campaign establishing quality food standards in NHS hospitals. He’s also a patient ambassador for the Patients Association, a patient scholar at Stanford Medicine X and a UK Ambassador for Doctors 2.0 and You. His relationship with health self-management is intimate and he is determined to find the most effective and efficient ways of keeping himself well.

I studied medicine at the University of London and qualifed as a doctor in 1994. I then worked in the NHS as a clinician and researcher specialising in psychiatry, becoming a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 2008, I left the NHS and started working for a clinical research organisation that develops new medicines. My experience as a clinician, researcher and medicines developer has shown me the importance of health self-management. It has inspired me to look at how best to help patients with long-term conditions empower themselves and achieve the best possible outcomes for their health, especially in today's rapidly developing world of digital health.