Doc Searls is one of the leading thinkers in the Internet space. He was one of the authors of the cluetrain manifesto, a publication that is as relevant today as it was ten years ago when it first saw the light of day.
In recent weeks Doc has been hospitalized after a test had nasty side effects. It is a real testament to his character that he not only blogged about the incident, but is now leveraging the experience to try to make life better for his fellow man.
Doc's latest article "Making Real Health Care Happen " on his own blog and in the Linux Journal sees him exerting effort to make change happen in the Health Care industry. I am whole heartedly behind Doc in this effort. It is what drove me to hold HealthCampMd and to begin organizing HealthCampDc and HealthCampNy.
Doc seems to be coming to the same conclusion as Ted Eytan, MD. Dr. Eytan has been evolving the definition of Health 2.0. The current iteration is:
Health 2.0 is participatory health care. The combination of content and community enables the patient to be an active partner in their own health care and the citizen to be an equal partner in improving the health system.
The objective behind HealthCampDc is to engage people from the public sector in the discussion on the transformation of Health Care, achieving the potential of Health 2.0 through Social Media, Open Standards and Web 2.0 technologies.
HealthCampNy will engage the technology community in the discussion. The plan is to run HealthCampNy sessions as part of the Web2Open stream at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York between September 16th and 19th.
Go to the BarCamp site to sign up for these events and join in the conversation.
You should also check out the Vendor Relationship Management workshop that Doc Searls is organizing at Harvard University in July (14-15th).