SXSW Rocks the Health IT Vote

SXSW Panel Picker Voting is Open

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a trio of festivals and conferences comprised of music, film, and interactive that takes place each March in Austin, Texas. SXSW Interactive originally debuted as a multi-media conference in 1995 but changed its name to Interactive a couple years later. SXSW Interactive has become a launching pad for new ideas in technology ever since.  Urban legend has it Twitter launched at Interactive in 2007. In reality the micro-blogging giant launched 9 months previous but its appearance at SXSW Interactive that year helped shepherd in the Twitter era.

Each year SXSW lets the public help decide some of its panels by voting.  No surprise Health IT has made their way to SXSW and you can cast your vote to get your favorite panels to SXSW here. To vote choose SXSW Interactive as the Event and Health and Medicine as the category.


A quick rundown of a few of our favorites specific to health It:

Who’s Really Getting It Done in Health IT? Some people think that Health IT innovation and adoption are running full steam ahead, while others believe there’s still a lot of work to do to be done. Players include everyone from startups, to government, to consumers. Who can we thank for advancements… or blame for the hold up?

Digital Doctors and Twisted Sisters?  Many doctors feel frustrated with the healthcare system and can be found frequently paraphrasing Twisted Sister’s iconic 80s song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ to medical students on hospital rounds. Why, then, are there so few physician entrepreneurs in the booming healthcare digital space to solve these problems? 

Follow the patient for meaningful change. This session, told from the voice of the future patient, comes substantiated by hundreds of hours of observations, interviews, and prototyping with care providers and patients at the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. From multi-organ transplants to well-baby visits, we will translate for participants how we get from an opaque system beyond its breaking point to one that is fluid, transparent, and centered on productive patient empowerment.

Now go vote!