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Health 2.0 STAT: Speakers Announced for May 20th Event

From: Jen B.
Sent on: Thursday, May 6, 2010 10:41 AM
We?re pleased to announce the list of speakers for the upcoming Health 2.0 STAT event on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at The Barking Dog in Bethesda. Registration is now open!

Plan to join us the evening of May 20th to hear a rapid-fire series of short presentations from seven Health 2.0 leaders. The presentations will be followed by a panel style Q&A session, moderated by Dr. Aaron Navarro, Ph.D., that will facilitate and explore a range of topics. The presentations will highlight results associated with the innovative implementation and use of Web 2.0 based solutions in the healthcare market, at government agencies, and from a patient and user perspective.

Topics and Speaker Bios:

1) Mobile Innovation in Africa: What the West can learn

Patients in Africa are using mobile phones to receive care, improve compliance, and lessen costs. Doug Naegele will discuss a few examples and how mobile phones might be implemented in the US. Examples include how patients on a 6-day TB drug regimen can text a code to receive free cell phone minutes, and how a patient can take a mobile photo of a skin lesion and text it to a doctor to receive a rough diagnosis back by SMS.

Doug Naegele is President of Infield Communications, a provider of mobile campaigns to public health entities in the United States. Previously, he was in drug discovery with Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where he created treatments for Hepatitis C, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and organ transplant rejection. Doug holds a BA from Harvard University and MBA from The George Washington University.

2) Factcheck 2.0: How to Make Online Health Information (Kind of) Accurate in the Era of 24/7 News

In the good old days, national news outlets fact-checked news. Today, most news organizations have fired the fact-checkers; some expect that readers will point out errors. But when it comes to health news, errors can have deadly consequences. Nancy Shute will get listeners up to speed on how fact-checking has changed for the worse in mainstream media, and propose ways to create accurate, trusted health news in a 24/7 news cycle.

Nancy Shute is a contributing editor for US News & World Report, where she writes the OnParenting blog. She led the US News?s science coverage as assistant managing editor, and has covered healthcare, biomedicine, and infectious disease for the magazine. Shute also has contributed to Smithsonian, Scientific American Online, the New York Times magazine, and national newspapers. She teaches science writing and multimedia journalism at Johns Hopkins University, and trains scientists and journalists in effective uses of social media.

3) Text Messaging to Promote Health Behavior Change

Dr. W. Douglas Evans will present on the evaluation of text messaging to promote health behavior change. He will also discuss how previous work in social marketing applies to mobile health and use the text4baby campaign as an example of how text messaging has promise to reach certain populations with health messages.

Dr. W. Douglas Evans is Professor of Prevention and Community Health, and of Global Health, and Director of the Public Health Communication and Marketing Program in the School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University (GWU). He has published widely on the effectiveness of social marketing and behavior change interventions in various subject areas and global settings. His current research focuses on the use of branding strategies in public health, and evaluation methods using new and mobile media. From[masked], Dr. Evans was principal investigator of the Parents Speak Up National Campaign (PSUNC) evaluation and principal architect of the study design and analyses. Since 2008, he has been a co-investigator on the evaluation.

4) Supporting Post-Disaster Family Reunification

The Bethesda Hospitals? Emergency Preparedness Partnership consists of three adjoining hospitals and the National Library of Medicine. Glenn Pearson will discuss how NLM conducts a number of software-development projects for this Partnership, among them ?Lost Person Finder? (LPF). Derived from the Sahana Disaster Management System, with additional custom components, the LPF was first drill-tested locally last October. A version to assist with the January Haitian earthquake followed.

Glenn Pearson is a senior software developer with Aquilent, Inc. He has been working on various projects at NLM for more than a decade. Currently, he and Michael Gill co-lead LPF, as well as a Nursing Home Screener project. For LPF, Glenn developed a Windows app that gathers photos from a Bluetooth camera as victims arrive at a hospital?s triage station. Glenn has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UMCP.

5) Collaborating with Federal and Community Partners to Improve Access to HIV and New Media Information: Lessons Learned from, a program of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides access to information about Federal domestic HIV programs, policies, and resources, through a website and a variety of new media channels. Working with agencies across the Federal government, HHS launched the website to help guide users to an online gateway of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and research information. In this presentation, Miguel Gomez will highlight some of strategies for connecting, collaborating, and building community among Federal and community partners. He will address how this enhanced communication has encouraged a dialogue, nurtured collaborative partnerships, and led to the development of new initiatives.

Miguel Gomez is the director of, which directs visitors to Federal domestic HIV/AIDS information and provides practical guidance on how HIV/AIDS programs can use new media tools. Mr. Gomez introduced podcasting as a regular feature on and also hosts a blog that showcases the use of new media for HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. Mr. Gomez has been working on HIV/AIDS issues since 1984 as an advocate at the Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL), which provided services and support to some of the first AIDS service organizations in the nation. He has since held positions with national AIDS organizations and the Federal government. Mr. Gomez is the HHS Office of the Secretary senior representative to the HHS Web Council.

6) Management Truths for the Web Age

Ed Bennett and Chip Harman will be co-presenting on materials from the e-book titled ?The Digital Deca: 10 Management Truths for the Web Age.? Ed and Chip will take turns discussing how they apply web operations in large complex organizations and use examples from their respective organizations.

Ed Bennett manages web operations at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).He has over fifteen years experience working on the Internet, and has worn many hats ? programmer, designer, consultant, information architect, start-up participant, etc. Since 1999 he has led the Medical System Web program building out large, content-rich websites designed to educate and attract new patients. His current focus is the growing use of Social Media and its potential impact on healthcare. Ed maintains the Hospital Social Network List, which tracks the social media activities of more than 600 U.S. Hospitals.

Chip Harman is the Associate Director of Web Communications at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Harman?s office oversees web communications and social media policy for the Veterans Health Administration with 153 medical centers in the US. Prior to that, Chip was the Deputy Director for the Office of Web Management at the US Dept of State.


Aaron Navarro, Ph.D., has worked in the IT field for more than thirty years. He?s been a principal contributor on several projects for DoD, NASA, FAA, USPTO, and NLM in such disciplines as systems engineering, human-computer interaction, digital libraries, technology transfer, and strategic planning. In his current position as Assistant Director for Program Development at NLM, Dr. Navarro contributes to biomedical informatics research initiatives in the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.

Event Logistics

6:00 - 6:30 Registration and Networking
6:30 - 7:15 Presentation
7:15 - 7:30 Q&A
7:30 - Additional Networking

This meetup will be held in a private, upstairs room at The Barking Dog in downtown Bethesda. The Barking Dog is a short walk from the Bethesda metro stop and there is plenty of parking nearby. As always, we want to make sure to give thanks to our sponsors, Aquilent, Palladian Partners, and Sapient. Because of their support, we have been able to continue creating some really informative events, as well as, offer some great appetizers and beverages for all that attend the meetup.

The Barking Dog
4723 Elm St
Bethesda, MD 20814

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  • Aquilent, Inc

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