I’ll be blunt here: three years ago, late 2009, when I gave my first keynote speech ever, many observers said “Well Dave, that’s fine for you, but you’re the only one.” I replied: if I’m the only one, there’s nothing to talk about. And they were wrong: the e-patient movement is booming. We are many, and we’re being recognized.
This morning my Google Alert popped this up, on ScientificAmerican.com:
It’s a re-post from Fast Company, the business magazine. And honestly, what I love most is that there’s not a word about me. The spotlighted e-patient is Sean Ahrens of Crohnology, about which we’ve written.
Numerous other companies are cited, too – including DiabetesMine, which was the first successful “exit” (as they say in Silicon Valley) for a patient community: they were the first to be acquired by another company. Also cited is 23andMe, which recently acquired our friends at CureTogether, a radically patient-based community where patients declare everything that’s important.
The other thing I love is that many many e-patients and vendors were at the MedicineX conference this weekend – and I’m not there, busily on the road carrying the message to other audiences.
We are many. We are spreading out. We are a new, growing industry, with real business impact. The movement is entering its next phase, a generation beyond its noisiest founders.