Ron Gutman

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Ron is HealthTap's Founder and CEO. He is responsible for the company's innovation, vision and product.


Ron is also an avid public speaker and writer, frequently presenting at health and technology conferences (such as TED, SXSW and Health 2.0) and contributing pieces about technology, health and smiling in leading publications (such as Forbes, the Huffington Post, and TEDBooks). Additionally, he serves as the Curator of TEDx Silicon Valley.

Prior to founding HealthTap, Ron was the founder and CEO of a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world's largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users to date (acquired in early 2009).

As a graduate student at Stanford University, Ron organized and led a multidisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students conducting research in personalized health and in the design of ways to help people live healthier, happier lives. The group's work resulted in the implementation of one of the most acclaimed and engaging employee health and well-being programs in the nation, BeWell@Stanford.

Additionally, Ron is an angel investor and advisor to health and technology companies, Rock Health (The first Interactive Health Incubator), Stanford’s Medicine X and Harvard Medical School's SMArt Initiative ("Substitutable Medical Apps, reusable technologies").

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The Untapped Power of Smiling

In addition to his passion for health and well-being, Ron is passionate about smiling. After discovering the transformative potential of smiling in his own life, he began to research the benefits of smiling for the self, others, and changing social situations for the better. His research and learnings on the Hidden Powers of Smiling are chronicled in a TED Talk, an article on Forbes.com and a TED book .

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Spreading Smiling Around the World

In addition to his passion for health and well-being, Ron is passionate about smiling. After discovering the transformative potential of smiling in his own life, he began to research the benefits of smiling for the self, others, and changing social situations for the better. His research and learnings on the Hidden Powers of Smiling are chronicled in a TED Talk, an article on Forbes.com and a TED book .

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Writing & Speaking

A New Grassroots Movement By Doctors

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There’s a new movement in healthcare – and it’s growing from a surprising place. Instead of emerging from government or industry, it’s budding from the grassroots –from everyday physicians. The movement is democratizing health information and giving birth to a new landscape: Interactive HealthInteractive Health is supported by three pillars: quality, access, and care.
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NBC Visits HealthTap

NBC Bay Area takes a tour of the HealthTap office and learns about the exciting new features of HealthTap from Ron.

Patient-Centric Physician Engagement Online

Ron presents at ePatient Connections, the industry’s leading patient-centric communication conference. Ron shares how interactive health promotes transparency, quality, and better doctor relationships for patients.

Welcome to the New Era of Interactive Health

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Interactive Health is not about "fixing" the broken healthcare system; it's about engaging each of us in our health, empowering physicians to actively participate, and making health knowledge, supportive care, and motivation available to us, anytime and anywhere, so that we can live longer, healthier, happier lives.
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The Untapped Power of Smiling (Video)

A written transcript of my TED talk on the social, emotional and personal benefits of smiling, with references to some of the amazing studies that provided inspiration for the talk. You can read about this talk in Forbes.

HealthTap: Personalized online health information - Robert Scoble (Video)

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Leading American blogger and technology evangelist Robert Scoble sits down with Ron Gutman, Founder & CEO of HealthTap to talk about what HealthTap has created and the power of personalized health information from thousands of doctors, for free. You can read about this talk here.

The New Health: Transforming Information into Action

A presentation on a new framework for personal health that helps engage people in their health using information, transforming into knowledge, and then into action.
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TEDx Silicon Valley — Insights into Organizing Leading Speakers (Video)

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A talk with insights and tips on how to get some amazing thought-leading speakers for your events.

It's a New Day. Personalized

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The time has arrived to bring together what we've learned and build the foundation for true personalization in health that will help people live in an individualized way and help you lead a healthier, happier life.
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SMArt Health

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A look into the "Substitutable Medical Apps, reusable technologies" program at Harvard, that is working to develop a flexible Health IT environment that will be the foundation for an iPhone like app-store for medical apps, based on shared basic components. Apple like these will help consumers to understand their healthcare data, save time, achieve better outcomes, and reduce costs.
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It's all About the People

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The story of how TEDx Silicon Valley was born, and an insightful review of it's first annual event. TEDx Silicon Valley was one of the first licenses given to local communities to enable TEDsters around the world to create local independent TED events and help bring to life "ideas worth spreading."
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Leading the mHealth movement

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Jun. 22, 2012 - Ron Gutman is the CEO and founder of HealthTap, which creates mobile and Web applications with the goal of connecting individuals with medical professionals. Gutman spoke with the Washington Post’s Emi Kolawole about the power of turning doctors into health care information curators for the Web and on mobile. (Emi Kolawole/The Washington Post)"
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Events & Art

TEDx Silicon Valley is an independently organized TED event, that gathers some of the world\s leading thinkers, makers, and doers to discuss social innovation. It is a day of stimulating presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that sparks new ideas and opportunities for all involved.

The HealthTap Hacking 4 Health Hackathon brings together the best and most talented engineers and developers in the Bay Area, in conjunction with the HealthTap Developers Network, who are passionate about healthcare and the new Department of Health and Human Services Open Data Initiative. The first Hacking 4 Health event was hosted in 2010 and brought together over 200 developers, engineers and talented designers.

The "Thanks Doc!" exhibit has been created around the care given by doctors and the appreciation shown by patients. Its multimedia format includes art panels, digital "Thanks", and hand-written notes

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