Social Health @ SXSW 2011

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Wow! Where did all of January and February go? I can’t believe that neither Marc nor I have had a chance to blog at all this year, as things have been a little crazy for both of us (mainly in terms of our “real” jobs)… So much for my recurring new years resolution of blogging more regularly! Must. Try. To. Keep. Up.

Anyway, can you believe it’s now less than 1 week till SXSW (South by Southwest)? I’m totally psyched and can’t wait to head out :-) !!!

As many of you know, 2011 will be a defining year for healthcare at SXSW because “health” is now a distinct topic/track within the mainstream SXSW sessions, partly due to the Social Health (SXSH) Unfoncerence that we held last year (read more at SXSW blog). However,
since we already succeeded in achieving one of our main goals last year — to get health into more “mainstream” events — we decided NOT to hold another Social Health Summit/Unconference at SXSW this year (so we don’t compete with the “Health Track”). Instead, we will be moving  the unconference to a different date and venue later in the year (we’ll be announcing where/when on Friday at SXSW — keep reading).

So, what are we doing at SXSW this year?

Well, we realize that there will probably be a lot more healthcare folks that now have an excuse will plan to attend SXSW in 2011 thanks to the “Health Track”, so we suspect there may be many people who will be attending SXSW for the first time. As someone who attended last year for the first time, I can tell you that it can be an overwhelming, over-stimulating, sleep-depriving, and mostly AWESOME experience.

So, in the spirit of the “Social Health” mission to “socialize” the health industry and bring together various groups of people from across the healthcare spectrum (patients, professionals, payers, industry, etc.), we’ve  partnered with some sponsors to organize a few “mixers” (read: parties) targeted at the “health folks” as part of what we call the  “Social Health @ SXSW“  experience. We’ve also compiled a list of all the health related sessions below and provided some related resources to help everyone navigate their way through SXSW and find all the health activities that are taking place…

2011 Social Health @ SXSW Mixers:

For the main part, we will be using the hashtag #SXSWh for all the Health Track sessions/activities. However, we will also be using #SXSH for all the Social Health @ SXSW activities, so be sure to put both in your filtered tweet stream.


Health Track Sessions:

Click here for to be taken directly to the Google Doc

We hope that you’ll find all these resources helpful and we’ll continue to update them as we find more. If you know of any additional sessions, activities, events, etc. that should be listed, please do leave a comment and let me know.

See you at SXSW!!

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