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John Patrick

  • Former VP of Internet technology – IBM Corporation
  • One of the industry’s most intriguing minds.” – Business 2.0
  • “One of the top 30 people who drive innovation and provide the initial spark to economic growth.” – Industry Week
  • “One of the 25 most powerful people in networking.” – Network World
  • Unofficial title – Internet visionary


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.


Net Attitude: What It Is, How To Get It, And Why You Need It More Than Ever

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.

Why Technology Gets Cheaper and Healthcare Doesn’t

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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KEYWORDS: Internet Technology, Internet Visionary, Future of Technology, mHealth, Social media technology in healthcare