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Global Observations

A visit to Bucharest takes us to some rather exceptional NGO’s – Romanian Angel Appeal and Hope for Health. We remembered images of terrified children, severely institutionalized with chronic illness, found in Romanian orphanages after the revolution.

Incentivized to have children as a means to increase the population and too impoverished to care for their kids, thousands ended up in institutions in conditions too horrible to imagine. Devastated by the images, Olivia Harrison founded the Romanian Angel Appeal to assist orphanages in the country. With this act, George Harrison’s wife mobilized the international artistic community and volunteers and funds poured in and the rest is, as they say, history….

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Global Observations

Digital Health – What stood out:

Wellness / Fitness very strongly represented in both the conference and the exhibition. Patients/consumers increasingly considered as needing to be accountable for their own health through living healthier lives, empowering themselves through knowledge, and increasingly being able to monitor their own vital signs. There was a plethora of wearable and other devices aimed at helping consumers understand various aspects of their health – visors, glasses, watches, attachable funky monitors and a clear indication of the market started to mature with differentiated offers…

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Leadership

Reflecting on 2011, which was a pretty special year for Immersion Lab, I figured we must have met with over 300 organizations around the globe (more likely 350 but many of them hosted us more than once). This got me thinking about the attributes that exist in companies that are willing, completely on a goodwill basis, to meet with strangers and share their insights and experiences…

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