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We are deep into the fall conference season. One of my favorite trends is the increasing rate of inclusion of patients and caregivers at health care events, on stage or in the audience. The California HealthCare Foundation was a pioneer in this regard. Patients 2.0, an off-shoot of Health 2.0, and e-Patient Connections represent a strong tradition of inclusion of consumers on stage and off. And the recent Medicine 2.0’11 at Stanford set a new high-water mark of e-patient involvement, in my opinion, thanks to the leadership of Larry Chu.

On October 20-21 in Boston, the Connected Health Symposium will present the latest opportunity to attend a fantastic health care innovation conference. If you’re interested, click to view the PDF invitation from Joe Ternullo, the organizing chair of the event. Essentially, patients and caregivers who would like a free pass should send Joe an email: jternullo (at)

If you’d like to read my reactions to last year’s symposium before you make your plans, here are a couple posts:

The Future of Health: Robots, Enchanted Objects, and Networks

Connected Health: patient networks panel

If you’d like to learn more about how Medicine 2.0 included e-patients, please see:

An Open Letter to Stanford

Announcing Medicine 2.0 Stanford ePatient Scholarship Program

There are many more conferences and opportunities for learning. Here are some lists I found:

Global Event List for Health Innovation

Alex Albin’s list of upcoming conferences

HealthCamp Calendar

What other events are on the horizon? What are your observations about including patients and caregivers in health innovation events?





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