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My 2012 Digital Health Awards: Company, Person, Book, Journalist of the Year

December 19, 2012

I sent this announcement on Dec 18, 2012 to 13,967 Digital Health group members.

In this update I blatantly steal an idea from Dr. David Shaywitz, whose recent Forbes piece inspired me to create my own 2012 digital health awards for company, person, book, plus journalist of the year.

COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Scanadu – @Scanadu
Scanadu’s Scout is a hand-held, multiple-diagnostic medical device and consumer health education system that, like solutions by Proteus Digital Health and AliveCor (iPhone ECG), holds the potential to massively scale and effect transformation in both the consumer and the healthcare (reimbursed) markets. While all three are natural platform plays, Scanadu’s solution offers a relatively superior value proposition in terms of providing consumer empowerment to diagnose (main differentiator vs. Proteus), manage, and prevent multiple diseases.
What company gets your vote?

PERSON OF THE YEAR: Bill Clinton – @ClintonGlobal
While former US President Clinton had a very good year outside of health (reference his impact on the US Presidential elections), what stood out in my mind were his high-profile comments on digital health and efforts with the Clinton Global Initiative.

More than any other celebrity, Clinton sees the convergence of the digital revolution with the life sciences and medical/healthcare industries. During an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Clinton recognized J. Craig Venter for human genome research and acknowledged San Diego as a world center of digital health.

BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care – Eric Topol, MD – @EricTopol
Dr. Topol was the first person to cogently and compellingly articulate the accelerating super-convergence taking place between the digital revolution, the medical cocoon, healthcare and consumer health and wellness (aka disease prevention / preventive medicine). Digital health is unlike other limiting and/or ambiguous terms (e.g. mHealth, telehealth, connected health, health 2.0), in that it is technically exact and represents the major groundswell of change transforming consumer health and clinical healthcare.

As J. Craig Venter points out, we are basically DNA-driven software devices and there is no difference between digital code and genetic code. Digital code is a binary code: 0, 1. Genetic code is a four-base code: A, C, G, T. We can convert between the two as well as digitize man, as Dr. Topol describes it in expanded terms. While others have incorporated Topol’s concepts into their own health innovation messaging (sometimes without attribution) he was the first person to bring it all together in a cohesive manner under the banner of digital super-convergence. Quite simply, Topol’s book is THE authoritative text for digital health. As such, I borrow from it to define the term and provide topical scope for discussions and articles in the Digital Health group.

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: David Shaywitz, MD – @DShaywitz
While I sometimes disagree with Dr. Shaywitz, I applaud him for his digital health branding, evangelizing, and inculcation of the public. Honorable mentions: Neil Versel – @NVersel, Zina Moukheiber – @ZinaMoukheiber, Matthew Herper – @MatthewHerper, and Bruce Bigelow – @BVBigelow.

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Happy holidays!

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company
Founder, 13,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn
Mentor, Blueprint Health
Twitter – @Paul_Sonnier


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