Here is a little pre-interview with The Guardian:
How, in your experience, have internet technologies been employed to make the world a better place?
The internet has changed what it means to be a human. We’re social creatures that thrive off communicating and connecting. And now, we can connect with anyone, anywhere in the world. Now it’s just so easy to stay on top of your relationships and keep in touch. Our connections are getting deeper and more expansive. Because of this, we’re becoming more human.
And where for you are the real problem areas that remain that you think web technologies can help to tackle?
The web still has yet to meaningfully organize your street and connect you with the neighbors you don’t know. There is so much potential in simply connecting you with your local environment. With the rise of mobile technologies, this will change for the better.
So what projects are you currently engaged in on a day to day basis and how does the internet fit into this?
My main project, Hello Health, is a web platform that augments your relationship with your doctors enabling you to meet up with your doctors in person and online via email or IM and video visits.
Who do you admire in this space? Who’s inspiring you? Who’s pushing the boundaries and how?
e-Patient Dave. He’s a cancer survivor empowering people to connect with one another, learn from one another, and take more responsibility for their own health. Often times, when someone is faced with a life-threatening illness, a passion for learning and connecting with other people in the same situation can help you become even more knowledgeable than your doctor. Communities form around diseases and these are an invaluable resource for both patients and doctors – all enabled by the internet.
And what can we expect from your presentation at Activate 09?
You’ll see how we use Hello Health to connect with our patients and redefine what it means to visit with your doctor. This is a whole new paradigm that raises a slew of questions and concerns. Forums like Activate 09 are vital to intelligent discussion as we face a whole new world of opportunities.