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April 25, 2016 By: ekivemark Category: News is once again partnering with the #HealthDataPalooza to host a one day un-conference on Saturday May 7, 2016.

Join fellow Aneesh Chopra, HHS IDEA Lab EIRs and other developers, innovators and entrepreneurs from the public and private sectors to discuss the hottest developments in healthcare. May 7, 2016 Washington DC returns to Washington #hcdev16 with #HealthDataPalooza

December 01, 2015 By: ekivemark Category: HealthCamps, News is once again partnering with the #HealthDataPalooza to host a one day un-conference on Saturday May 7, 2016.

Join fellow developers, innovators and entrepreneurs from the public and private sectors to discuss the hottest developments in healthcare. May 7, 2016 Washington DC is also supporting a two-day Code-a-thon in Washington DC on April 1-2, 2016. Check out for more details. Apr 1-2, 2016 Washington DC #hcdev15 Washington, DC May 30th

May 01, 2015 By: ekivemark Category: HealthCamps, News

Are you interested in application development that makes use of Open Health APIs? If you are then sign up for which is taking place at 1776 in Washington DC on Saturday May 30th. Grab a ticket here: is being held in conjunction with DocGraph. We want to thank the DocGraph team for their support as our Platinum Sponsor. on May 30th in Washington DC. on May 30th in Washington DC.


Re-Igniting with a focus on food as the center of a healthy life

April 12, 2014 By: ekivemark Category: HealthCamps, News

To all our Friends and Colleagues:

This broadcast is a result of a fortuitous technical issue that occurred yesterday. No, it wasn’t Heartbleed. I was simply upgrading plugins in WordPress and hit the dreaded white screen of death. Fixing the problem required some reconfiguration and the result was that a broadcast was issued. Rather than leave you wondering what that was about it finally prompted me to put my fingers to the keyboard and send out an update about So here goes…

Let me start with some background to explain the hiatus since 2012:

The past 18+ months have been a rollercoaster ride. I have been fully absorbed by a demanding project to build an ICD-10 Computer Assisted Coding platform in the cloud for a Fortune 50 company. Consequently has had to take a back seat. Towards the end of 2013 I was finally getting a few free CPU cycles to think about I realized how much I missed the deep and meaningful conversations and connections that grew from our meetings. started out a desire to break down the silos in HealthCare and each meeting served to reinforce the belief that we are stronger together, rather than trying to act individually. HealthCare is a team sport with better outcomes when all of us are engaged in achieving the desired outcomes.

While has been on hiatus we have continued to watch our personal health, endeavoring to stay healthy through “in situ” exercise. By this I mean taking inspiration from our friend Dr Ted Eytan and participating in numerous conference calls while walking. Yes, a Wireless Headset for your office phone is one of the best investments you can make! We also have watched our diet and tried to eat healthily but still have fun and enjoy great food.

Why is this relevant?

It is time to re-invent and in doing so we want to pick up on the concept of Good Food and Healthy Eating as the cornerstone of Health. Eating Healthily, without getting hung up on always being perfect is achievable but people often need help getting started. We have come across many people that have been diagnosed with food allergies and suddenly find themselves struggling to make sense of a myriad of choices and decisions that they are not familiar with making.

So How do we re-invent

This is where we need the help and assistance of our fellow HealthCampers. The vision for is this:

We want to promote healthy eating. To do this we want to bring together the grocery stores, nutritionists, healthcare providers and payers together with chefs and the community. If you are dealing with a health condition that requires a special diet. We want to pair people in the community up with nutritionists and chefs so that they can learn practical tactics to selecting the best foods that fit a budget and a health need. Not only helping with food selection but also how to prepare simple, healthy meals that fit a busy family lifestyle.

Healthy Eating for A Healthy Life

We would also like to bring together software and hardware companies that have hardware, software and mobile solutions that can support the health eating objective.

So how can you help?

Can you reach out to people that you know in these various organizations and engage them. This is an initiative that can be taken in to local communities where grocery stores work with healthcare providers and local employers to help employees and others in the community to help themselves to eat healthier.

This is a big objective but we know that the inventive and motivated people that have attended HealthCa.mps can make change happen and we believe that what we are proposing is something that can make a difference in the health of our communities not only in the near term but for generations to come, if we educate our kids to eat healthier.

Are you with us?


M-health and Digital Health: Carrots or Sticks in Patient Engagement

March 09, 2014 By: ekivemark Category: News

On Monday March 10th, 2014 Mark Scrimshire will be participating in a panel on M-Health and Digital Health. The discussion will centre around the challenges of developing a patient-centric technology strategy that works for everyone, the possible positive impact on healthcare outcomes and patient satisfaction as well as managing the unintended consequences and responses of insurers.

The Panel is being hosted by Sapient in Arlington, VA and has been organized by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Federal Government Affinity Group.

Carrot or Stick

The Carrot or The Stick in Patient Engagement

HealthCamp Tampa May 10, 2013 #HCFL

May 05, 2013 By: ekivemark Category: HealthCamps, News

HealthCampFlorida takes place in Tampa Bay, FL on Friday May 10th, 2013.

HealthCamp Tampa takes place at the Marshall Student Center, 4202 East Fowler Ave. Tampa, FL 33620.

I am looking forward to joining people at the event.

If you want to join a lively day of discussion and learning why not register:


HealthCampAustin – March 7th, 2013 – Pre-SXSW – Are you in?

December 08, 2012 By: ekivemark Category: HealthCamps, News

Originally posted on

I need to see if HealthCampers are interested in taking part in a HealthCamp in Austin on Thursday March 7th, 2013.

We still have a lot of details to pull together but I am pretty sure I have a location lined up on River Place Boulevard in Austin. What I need to do is to see who is interested in arriving in Austin before SXSW to take part in HealthCamp.
I would like to make the theme for the day “Big Data delivering insights for personal health”
So the big question is who is in?

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Let’s kick SXSW off in a big way with an exciting HealthCamp event!
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HealthCamp Florida is live

July 30, 2011 By: ekivemark Category: HealthCamps, News

Today, Saturday 30 July 2011, is HealthCamp Florida.

Here is a feature from the Tampa Bay Business Journal:

Medical innovation in the spotlight at HealthCamp
Premium content from Tampa Bay Business Journal – by Margie Manning , Senior Staff Writer
Date: Friday, July 29, 2011, 6:00am EDT
TAMPA — Technology that developers contend will lower the cost of health care while improving the quality of care takes center stage at HealthCamp Florida.
Presenters at the first event of its kind in the state will focus on innovations, which are the key to reducing health care costs that take up a lion’s share of any company’s budget, said Joel Lopez, HealthCamp Florida co-founder and managing director of 2Z Consulting LLC.
“Florida is one of the leading sources of innovation in health care, but no one does a good job of highlighting that,” he said.
Lopez and co-founder Brenda Young, president of Marbay Group, want to change that by bringing together people who might not meet at individual industry meetings and allowing them to collaborate.
“It creates an environment that would take many months to create otherwise,” Young said.
It’s also an opportunity for innovators to meet early adapters and for entrepreneurs to find customers, Lopez said.
Connecting the dots
HealthCamp “connects the dots where they aren’t connected now,” said Pam Gaylor, an expected presenter and president of Caregivers Family Inc.
The newly formed St. Petersburg company is the sole distributor for MemoryMate, a Web-based software application that allows persons with memory impairments to communicate with family, friends and caregivers through a private network. MemoryMate is sold by subscription and can be accessed on a PC, tablet or smart phone.
Gaylor, a former IT executive with ValPakDescription: bizWatch Description: Latest from The Business Journals People on the move: July 23, 2010Direct-mail firms prepare to update mailing lists more frequentlyVal-Pak coupons find online home Follow this company , partnered with developer Ted Lindsay to take the product through beta testing. The commercial potential is “huge,” Gaylor said.
She’s also talking to officials in Florida’s community diversion program, a Medicaid waiver program that provides community-based services to people who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid nursing home placement. Diversion improves the quality of life for participants while saving the state money, Gaylor said. The program serves about 14,000 people, and getting just a part of that business would provide a funding boost for Caregivers.
New wave of medicine
Gaylor and Lindsay’s interest in MemoryMate developed from experience as caretakers for their mothers.
Ray Weadock’s enthusiasm for a cutting-edge device to detect heart disease grew out of his own health scare when he made a life-changing decision based on the result of a bad test. Facing heart surgery, he stepped down as chief executive officer of Persystent Technologies, only to find out later he was misdiagnosed.
Now, as general partner of LSW Partners, a management consulting firm in Tampa, Weadock is working to advance the multifunction cardiogram, a device that he said can diagnosis coronary artery disease in a 15-minute test in a primary care physician’s or cardiologist’s office with greater accuracy than a traditional EKG. He called it “the new wave of medicine.”
Manufactured by LSW client Premier Heart LLC in Port Washington, N.Y., use of the device qualifies for Medicare reimbursement in seven mid-Atlantic states. Weadock is working to get national Medicare coverage with private health insurers expected to follow suit.
The device would save millions of health care dollars, preventing unneeded hospitalizations and more invasive and costly tests, Weadock said.
Challenging assumptions
Just as Weadock transitioned from the computer industry to medical technology, Anthony Sakovitchmade what seems like a big leap from Wall Street finance — serving as assistant complex manger for Morgan Stanley in west central Florida — to becoming chief executive of Aphex BioCleanse Systems Inc., a Port Richey firm that makes sanitizers for hospitals and other businesses. Sakovitch said he is at heart a research scientist who likes to challenge assumptions.
DermAphex, a hand sanitizer and Aphex’ flagship product, and other Aphex products have high concentrations of ions that attack microbes such as bacteria and viruses, a selling point for hospitals under pressure to cut infection rates. Aphex products are more environmentally friendly and less irritating to the skin than alcohol-based competitors, Sakovitch said.
The company doesn’t disclose revenue, but growth has prompted expansion. Occupying just half of its building upon opening June 30, 2010, it’s since added 5,000 square feet of warehouse space and as of July 1, added 6,000 square feet of office and training space for the sales force.
HealthCamp “is an opportunity to get in front of the people who need to use the product the most,” Sakovitch said.
He wants to learn from his potential customers. “Marketing is a two-way street. It’s not just us telling you what we have, but you telling us what you need.”
HEALTHCAMP FLORIDA Who: Leaders in health and health-related industries and organizations and others interested in the changing nature of health care What: An “unconference” — no set agenda but opportunities to talk about innovations transforming health care; a focus on technology, process and policy When: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, July 30 Where: Kforce, 1001 E. Palm Ave., Tampa 33605 Registration: $40 online at or 8 to 9 a.m. onsite July 30

Seven Rules

July 29, 2011 By: ekivemark Category: HealthCamps, News

HealthCamp is based on Open Space Technology but over time we have added to the rules of Open Space to create

Seven HealthCamp “Rules”

#hcfla is tomorrow 7.30.11

July 29, 2011 By: ekivemark Category: News

The co-founders are on the road to HealthCamp Florida in Tampa via /BWI and SouthWest.

We are looking forward to the walk through at facility sponsor KForce this afternoon and then meeting sponsors for dinner. It will be great to meet the Guidewelll Health team out of Jacksonville and I hear that CEO and twitter nurse of the year Matthew Browning of will also be there. So Tampa on Saturday 7.30.11 I the place to be for HealthCamp Florida.

Mark Scrimshire
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