Tim O'Reilly
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Tim O’Reilly: Healthcare

Tim O'Reilly Discusses Collective Intelligence — November 2011. I really like how this interview I did at the FutureMed conference turned out. It's a short, sweet synthesis of how I think some of the key trends from the consumer internet are going to have an impact on healthcare.

Open Source and the Architecture of Participation — July 2011. In this interview, Chris Anderson, editor Wired magazine, Yves Behar, designer and founder of fuseproject, and I discuss open source, the maker movement, innovations in energy and health care, and sustainable design.

I make the point that systems need to have an architecture that allows people to participate which then enables people to create. The internet itself is an example. Innovations happen when people are doing what they love, when they are exploring a new medium. Motivation is another important factor. "We need to recognize how much participation is actually driven by a desire to learn. There is a hunger in people to create and not just to consume." When asked about interesting trends in the maker movement, I pointed to the growing human-computer symbiosis driven by our devices which are constantly adding data to the "global brain in the cloud". In energy and healthcare innovations, the effectiveness of feedback loops for changing behaviors was also discussed.

Tech Cocktail Delivering Happiness at SXSW — March 2011. After a quick review of O'Reilly Media's history, I touch on a topic that I have recently become more involved in—I think there is a revolution brewing in health care. We are going to start having feedback on what works and what doesn't. We can apply technology to fix the lack of accountability and other important issues. I think a lot about how our entire society is in a bubble, not just a tech bubble… there are some really important issues that may have a dark future. "This is another reason to work on what matters. I love to have people take seriously that we need to make a better world."

Health 2.0 2010 — December 2010. In my keynote at this year's Health 2.0 conference, I spoke about how Web 2.0 technologies are changing the healthcare industry and what the major healthcare providers can learn from the dominant web players like Google and Amazon.

C-Span at Gov 2.0 Expo — July 2010. In this interview with C-Span at this year's Gov 2.0 Expo I explain in depth what I mean by the term Gov 2.0 and offer insights into how some of the applications could affect health care in particular.