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Wireless Health Group featured in MedCity News: “The Best LinkedIn Groups for Healthcare and Life Science Innovation” – December 27, 2011

December 27, 2011

I sent the following announcement to 8,334 Wireless Health LinkedIn Group Members on December 27, 2011.

Wireless Health Group featured in MedCity News: “The Best LinkedIn Groups for Healthcare and Life Science Innovation”

Dear Wireless Health group members,

I am delighted that MedCity News has featured the Wireless Health group in “The Best LinkedIn Groups for Healthcare and Life Science Innovation”.  (My thanks to Stephanie Baum, Philadelphia Bureau Chief at MedCity News.)

This type of validation of my work and the contributions of group members is really nice, since it is not funded by anyone, but something I am passionate about and see as being of benefit to everyone. While the article includes a group description, I actually changed it last night to the following:

The Wireless Health group serves as an ethical, curated forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships among individuals interested in the super-convergence taking place between the digital world and the “medical cocoon”, as Dr. Eric Topol has described it. This includes:

– Wireless Sensors
– Mobile Connectivity + Bandwidth
– Genomics
– Imaging
– Information Systems
– Internet
– Social Networking
– Computing Power + Data Universe

Since its inception in 2009, the group has expanded its scope to include the full digital transformation of consumer health, healthcare delivery, and medicine. The group’s raison d’être is both to capture the zeitgeist and catalyze what Dr. Topol describes as “the creative destruction of medicine”.

I’ve been following Dr. Topol for a couple of years and, obviously, his cogent description of the digital transformation of medicine that we’re witnessing (and creating) has inspired my revision of the group description, which now reaches beyond wireless technology converging with health, healthcare, research, and public safety. I’ve just started reading his new eBook, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care“, which further clarifies the rapid transformation of “Old Medicine” to “New Medicine”.

In keeping with the theme of this brave new digital health world, I’ve helped organize a CommNexus San Diego event entitled “Personalized Medicine: How Genomics and Wireless Technologies are Making Healthcare More Predictive, Preventive, Personalized, and Participatory”. Scheduled for Jan 24th, this panel will feature companies at the forefront of the genomics and wireless technology-enabled personalized medicine revolution:
– Nicholas Schork, PhD, CEO at Cypher Genomics (and a colleague of Dr. Topol at the Scripps Translational Science Institute)
– Samir Damani, MD, Co-Founder & Principal at MD Revolution
– Patrick Merel, PhD, CEO at Portable Genomics
– Ron Richard, Director of Business Development at Qualcomm Life

In addition to this event, I’ll be at the Digital Health Summit at CES, Jan 11-12, which will include keynotes by Dr. Topol and Greg Lucier from Life Technologies. I’ll also be at the Burrill Digital Health Meeting, Feb 7-8. I look forward to seeing many of you at these events, which are featured at the top of my global health innovation events list:

Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, Wireless Health group on LinkedIn
VP, Partner Development, Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)
Mentor, Blueprint Health
Co-chair, Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego


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