San Francisco, CA-With all of the impressive, innovative minds at Rock Health you know there would be some quotable moments that would stick with you. I found a few of these sticking with me even after the conference wrapped up. Here are some of my favorites:
“The edge cases define quality of life.” – DJ Patil, Chief Data Scientist at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Patil described one of the strategies his teams uses in creating products and how designing for the edge cases creates a better experience for everyone.
“Patients are the least used resource in healthcare.” –Susannah Fox, CTO at the US Department of Health and Human Services
Fox commented on the huge amount of data available when the patient is part of the feedback loop.
“Fail for the right reasons, when you can’t prove that it is helping the workflow or show measurable results.”– Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder & Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership
Palihapitiya when asked when does he know it is time to give up on a startup.
“Nobody suffers if you don’t develop an app that will deliver you a brownie at 11pm. Noboby suffers…fund cancer, not the Nth brownie delivery business.”Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder & Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership
“It isn’t enough just to have the data. You need to prove something with it.”–Leslie Bottorff, Managing Director of Healthcare at GE Ventures
Bottorff felt strongly about the role of “Big Data” in today’s products, but told the audience that it has to be used for something.
“The goal isn’t to have longer lives. If you can get to the same end age but have better quality lives.”– J. Craig Venter, Co-founder & CEO of Human Longevity Inc.
Venter explains the goal of his work at Human Longevity and what reason behind his push to sequence as many genomes as he can.
“Where the game will change is when patients have enough information to be consumers. That is where digital health will hit its mark.”– Janet Widmann, Executive Vice President at Blue Shield of California
Widmann speaking about the place of digital health in the evolution of the patient.