At the Health 2.0 meeting today in San Diego and I'm watching a panel discussion that includes patients talking about how social networking tools helped them improve their health. The first speaker is a woman who used Daily Strength to network with other people trying to lose weight and ended up dropping 140 pounds - the second was a concert pianist who was diagnosed with a rare cancer and who -- by using I'm Too Young for This -- connected with others who helped him fight his cancer.
Quite inspiring. These are early adoptors who have shown that through the application of these tools they can manage their health care needs. But for these tools to become more widely used, as I keep banging on about, people will have to be certain that their data is secure and that they will get something out of engaging -- such as improved outcomes or reduced costs.
BTW -- the reception we sponsored last night was a lot of fun. We were a bit short on food, but the conversation was fascinating and the view spectacular. Fotos to follow.