Meet Janice McCallum @ HealthCamp!

Please tell us a little about your day job.
I consult to companies & organizations that produce and use healthcare data. Medical publishers, health IT companies, and research organizations constitute the majority of my clients. I help clients define and implement new avenues for distributing data products and content assets. Sometimes projects involve help with new product development and customer research; sometimes projects focus on finding new channels of distribution.

What are you passionate about?
Improving the dissemination of information to improve healthcare. But, it doesn’t end with disseminating the info; we have to create a system that learns from new information and updates the accepted evidence base so that healthcare providers have access to the right information at the right time for the right patient.

What are you doing (or would like to do) to “hack” health care?
As you might expect, I curate and share a lot of information via social media channels, including my blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Why are you attending HealthCamp Boston?
This will be my 3rd HealthCamp Boston. I attended the first in 2009 and helped organize the 2012 event. I’m helping to organize once again this year.

If you were to lead a session, what would it be about?
It would probably be related to the intersection of primary care and public health. I’m a big believer in using our medical research knowledge to further our understanding of how we move from a state of “health” to a state of “disease” and figure out how to help people remain in a healthy equilibrium. First, we have to define what we mean by “health” and make sure we allow for changes as we age. Since I’m a data geek, I believe that access to emerging sources of data will help us both define health and build resources to help keep more people healthy.

What kinds of people do you want to meet at HealthCamp?
The beauty of HealthCamp is that it allows for a diverse group of people from life sciences, healthcare, IT, academics, consulting, patient advocates, communications professionals, entrepreneurs and more to assemble and share ideas. Everyone shares in the discussion and some unexpected connections may occur. That’s what I look forward to: unexpected connections!

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