This is a quickie post – at long last the video of one of my favorite speeches ever has been unearthed. It was in July in New York, and somehow it got lost, and arrived in my inbox today. (Well, actually, they posted it three months ago but forgot to tell me!)
All’s well that ends well. I just want your help in a BIG push to spread the word about this! Time’s a-wasting!
The event was a conference conducted by our Department of Health & Human Services to educate and encourage software developers about the “Blue Button Plus” initiative. Because I’m on vacation I’ll leave it to you to google that phrase, which is really important for the future of health IT, and not just in America; this innovation initiative will change what patients and families are capable of.
Unfortunately the video crew that day apparently didn’t realize I was showing slides that might also be part of the presentation (d’oh!) so they only took video of me. So the slides are on a separate site, Slideboom, embedded below, and they’re not synchronized to the video – if you want to see both you’ll need two monitors (ugh) and you’ll need to guess at when to click:
iPad and iPhone users, the slide presentation requires Flash, so you won’t be able to view slides until you’re on a computer. That’s because my slides have so many animations. Upgrading my software would cost $400 – sorry.
This talk is different.
This is one of my very few talks that doesn’t tell my cancer story. That’s because:
- There wasn’t time
- It wasn’t important for this audience.
This audience was software developers and entrepreneurs – serious in-the-trenches code writing geeks, and business people trying to find a way to make a buck by creating value in the new world of patient-oriented health data. For both groups I didn’t need to convince them that patients are valuable; whether or not they believe it, it wasn’t the point of this event. For this event I needed to persuade them that:
- Disruptive innovation is real and relevant and possible in health IT
- …including a bit about how disruption works, since most people don’t really know
- Massive improvement is within reach for healthcare, powered by data
- Don’t believe anyone who says “patients can’t handle it” or “medicine is too complicated for data alone to make a difference.” Our culture is full of mythology that impedes common sense innovation in healthcare that other industries take for granted.
I spent almost all my 31 minutes on those points. And I threw everything I had at it – 69 sides in 31 minutes.
Hey techies, any help for this media-merging problem?
This issue of blending content is a constant problem for us speakers who want to show speech video to potential clients. If you know of software that will allow blending a PowerPoint with speaker video (after the fact), we’d love to know about it!