A sampling of industry and academic presentations from this weekend's Medicine 2.0 Congress are now available via the Medicine 2.0 twitter feed. Here are two we particularly enjoyed:
At the "New Scientist" session, PLoS ONE Publisher Peter Binfield, PhD, delivered a dynamic talk about PLoS ONE and the journal's open-access publishing model. Binfield said:
I think the entire world’s literature is moving towards an open access model. I really believe we’re within five, and definitely no more than 10 years, of everything being open access. If you believe my prediction, then tomorrow we’re in a world where everything is open access and that’s a really interesting place to be. Because the entire output of the academic environment is would be completely accessible and can be remixed, data mined, etc.
...The scientific and academic literature is a world resource. It's really the most valuable thing that our society publishes and we need a fire hydrant where 1.5 million articles are being blasted into the world. That, I think, is the transformation of academic publishing that we are about enter.
Slides from Binfield's presentation, which was titled "The Transformation of Academic Publishing," can be viewed here.
And, during the "Networked Patient" session, Paul Wicks, PhD, director of research and development at PatientsLikeMe, spoke about making the "ePatient" philosophy mainstream. To encourage adoption by the general public, emerging health technologies need to be simple, passive and make assumptions more transparent from the data to get greater understanding from patient-doctor encounters. He told the audience, "We have an opportunity to build a more complex system where during each clinical encounter the information gathered is used to improve the subsequent one." In conclusion, Wick urged attendees to figure out new ways to expand on the successes achieve in small communities of networked patients to improve the health of tens of millions of people, or possibly humankind. You can view the slides from his talk, titled "Medicine for the Masses", here.
More news about the Medicine 2.0 conference at Stanford is available in the Medicine 2.0 category.