18 posts from October, 2011

H@cking Medicine: Open Up!

Posted October 21st, 2011 by

hackingmedicineThis weekend, MIT is hosting the first H@cking Medicine conference and PatientsLikeMe is proud to be a sponsor. The hacking encouraged here isn’t malicious, rather, it refers to a passionate subculture of computer programmers who believe in sharing, openness, and innovation (among other things).  Those are three concepts near and dear to us here at PatientsLikeMe.

The goal of the conference is to inspire new ideas and create new relationships so that everyone will leave invigorated and excited about improving healthcare.  According to the H@cking Medicine website, “By using available tools in unconventional ways, we aim to revolutionize delivery of care, empower patients, and design new models of care. Typically, healthcare innovation is painfully slow and, even worse, often increases the cost.  We can make a difference by creating cost-effective solutions without waiting for fundamental advances in science.”

To kick off the event on the first day, our own Jamie Heywood (keynote) as well as other leaders in the health care field will inspire audience members with ways to find and learn from the best use of openly shared data. The second day is dedicated to team hacking, and gives coders a practical look at what can be done with the available resources.

Read more about this subculture of hackers on Wikipedia and follow the H@cking Medicine conference updates on their website and Twitter.


Watch Our Very Own “Humanitarian of the Year,” Dr. Paul Wicks, PhD

Posted October 20th, 2011 by

2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award Trophy Presented to Dr. Paul Wicks, PhD

In August, we proudly announced that our Research & Development Director, Dr. Paul Wicks, PhD, had been named “Humanitarian of the Year” and a TR35 Honoree by MIT Technology Review magazine. This week, he received both awards at MIT’s annual Emtech event, a two-day conference focused on emerging technologies held at MIT’s Boston campus.

Below are links to a few videos highlights from the event, including the award presentation on Tuesday night. As you’ll hear in the organizer’s introduction, the criteria for TR35 (the best young innovators under the age of 35) is to recognize individuals who are doing transformative work. “They are presenting a concrete solution to a big, almost ideally civilization-scale problem.” MIT Technology Review then names one TR35 recipient as “Humanitarian of the Year” to recognize the use of technology in “progressing the human condition.”

What does Paul have to say about receiving this incredible honor? Jump to the 3:40 mark in the video below to see his onstage interview and award presentation.

You can also get a quick glimpse here of TR35 recipients’ work on emerging technologies in health care or hear more in-depth from Paul and fellow award winners in this 40-minute panel discussion.