For the past three decades, internet visionary Dr. John Patrick has been one of the primary forces driving technology innovation. As vice president of Internet technology at IBM, Patrick was at the forefront of the 1990’s Internet revolution. Since his retirement, he has continuously advocated for the further integration of IT applications in business, education, and especially healthcare.
During Patrick’s 35-year-long career at IBM, he helped develop the IBM Credit Corporation, which has since become the largest computer leasing company in the world. As Vice-president of marketing for IBM’s Personal Systems Division, he oversaw the introduction of the iconic ThinkPad brand, IBM’s intranet, and website, among several other web-related initiatives making IBM one of the earliest corporations to embrace the Internet.
At the same time, Patrick was collaborating with groups outside IBM to promote the development and security of the Internet for industry and consumer use. His diligent efforts secured standards in privacy for users and a minimal level of regulation on the part of the government, a precedent that many believe has been key to the undisrupted expansion and evolution of the Internet. Patrick was a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, a founding member and past chairman of the Global Internet Project, a member of the Internet Society, a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Businesses and non-profit organizations alike continue to seek his visionary outlook on new informational technologies and their potential to enhance engagement in education, business, and especially healthcare. Patrick has served on the boards of over 30 organizations, including a position on the board of a community hospital, which prompted his interest in the need to promote the adoption of new technologies in the medical industry.
He has been cited by Business 2.0 as one of the IT industry’s most intriguing minds, by IndustryWeek as one of the top 30 persons who drive innovations leading to economic growth, and by Network World as one of the 25 most powerful persons in networking. An updated edition of his hit book Net Attitude has recently been released and his latest book Election Attitude addresses how internet voting leads to a stronger democracy.
Patrick holds degrees in electrical engineering, management, law, and health administration. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut and Palm Coast, Florida with his wife Joanne.
John Patrick believes the Internet is still at an early stage of development. In his first book Net Attitude, in 2001, he estimated the Internet was being used to no more than 3-5% of its potential to make things easier and simplify our lives.
Fast-forward 16 years and he says we are still only seeing 15% of the potential. In this keynote John describes, in fascinating detail, seven characteristics of the Internet – fast, always on, everywhere, natural, intelligent, easy and trusted. Although the capabilities of the Internet and the development of social media have enabled dramatic improvements in what we can do with the Internet, the philosophy of net attitude, Patrick continues to espouse, is still relevant and essential. Net Attitude is about adopting a mindset throughout your organization reflecting the exuberance and creativity the Internet inspires.
Dr. Patrick paints a positive vision of the solutions that can create meaningful change. He outlines the reasons behind the real problem in our healthcare system – the high cost. His vision includes a system focused on patients and uses an accountability-oriented, fee-for-value model. He describes how leading-edge information technology, mobile, big data, analytics, and mHealth (mobile health) can achieve safe, high quality and more affordable healthcare.
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Other suggested titles for this Keynote:
“Why The Cost of Healthcare is Bankrupting Consumers and Maybe Our Country”
“Why Policymakers Are Not Addressing The Real Problem in Our Healthcare System”
“Why Replacing Obamacare Won’t Help Unless We Address The Underlying Problems”
“What’s Behind The Real Healthcare Problem – A $Trillion of Unnecessary Costs and Procedures”
"John Patrick is one of my favorite thinkers, a bright spirit and intellect who shares his rare understanding of technology and the web, its many dimensions and limitless potential."
"Dr. John Patrick recently spoke to our nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees. His ability to articulate the issues and challenges taking place in our rapidly changing healthcare environment was truly impressive. Our nurses were inspired by his goal to improve health outcomes through an improved Health Attitude!! We can't wait to have him back."
"John Patrick is one of the most prescient thinkers in technology today. He has a knack for seeing around corners and spots major trends years before his peers. We've had him as a keynoter, panelist and moderator at several of our trade functions. John leaves you with a vision of the future--the 'undiscovered country' -- that is clear and compelling. Highly recommend."
"When we look back ten years from now on the revolution that occurred in healthcare, John Patrick's book Health Attitude will be viewed as one of the prologues of that revolution. We tend to overestimate technology in the short term and underestimate its role in the long term. Simply put, this book presents an optimistic future where innovation, technology, empathy and sound business principles collide into a "big-bang" of better healthcare!"
"Intelligence is mostly point of view and the rest is attitude. John provides a charming and easy-to-read cultural primer and travel guide for citizens of the world of atoms who plan to visit or emigrate to the land of bits."
"It is quite encouraging to read John Patrick's crisp and accurate analysis of the most complex and pressing issues in the United States, it's healthcare system. While his focus is primarily on the U.S., most of his conclusions and proposed approaches to potential solutions are just as applicable for many European countries."
KEYWORDS: Internet Technology, Internet Visionary, Future of Technology, mHealth, Social media technology in healthcare