By Tracy Granzyk MS

First Posted at Educate the Young on 3/8/2013

Tracy Granzyk MS, Managing Editor, Educate the Young

Tracy Granzyk MS, Managing Editor, Educate the Young

This has been, and still is, an exciting week for those focused on healthcare innovation as it relates to the evolving landscape of health information technology (#HIT), mobile health (#mhealth), content delivery/design and interactive media.

by Eric Topol MD

by Eric Topol MD

First up? The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), just closed their annual conference, HIMSS13, which included high-profile keynote speakers such as former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Eric Topol. Clinton, who has spent $3B on human genome research according to HIMSS moderator Dr. Todd Husty, is now working in similar circles as long-time personalized and mobile health proponent, and Creative Destruction of Medicine author, Eric Topol.

Mobile technology also took center stage, as sales of mobile devices are now outpacing that of desk and laptop computers. The increasing capabilities of mobile devices to help patients self-monitor their health miles from a doctor’s office further empowers patients with ownership of their own data. Both tablets and cell phones continue to play a larger role in all areas of healthcare–from monitoring to diagnosing on through care delivery. Here is an update from the HIMSS13 conference center floor in New Orleans:

And SXSW kicks off this week! From its humble beginnings as a music festival in Austin, TX with 700 attendees in 1994, SXSW has now grown to almost 32,000 international attendees, and includes film and interactive media contingents as well. The conference with a festival atmosphere starts today.

This year, an ever-increasing presence of companies and individuals involved in health tech start-ups and serious games for health will share time and space with top venture capitalists along with healthcare and tech stakeholders. Rock Health, a start-up incubator for health tech companies lists their top 6 SXSW health related sessions to include:

I am so very fortunate to be covering SXSW this year. The only challenge will be getting to all the great sessions, as meetings this rich truly make one wish for time travel to be a reality. Tops on my list for the next few days include:

I promise to Tweet and share as many highlights as possible with ETY readers. If you are here at SXSW, please reach out to me @tgranz on Twitter!