I’m Jean-Luc Neptune (my friends call me “JL”) and I’m a physician-entrepreneur and health technology evangelist based in New York City. I started this blog to allow me to catalog the amazing health industry developments I’m seeing in my day-to-day work.

What I Do Now

Currently I’m Senior Vice President at Health 2.0. In my role I’m responsible for managing the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, our innovation competition (“Challenge”) program which includes a recently awarded multi-million dollar grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In addition to managing the Challenge program, I’m also responsible for building Health 2.0′s Innovation Community, a network of software developers, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs and other individuals interested in driving innovation in the health industry.  In addition I’m working on commercialization efforts to facilitate the rapid development and dissemination of innovative health information technologies.

What I Did Before

Prior to Health 2.0 I was co-founder of ExpertConsensus a specialized health advisory firm offering patients second opinions from medical experts as well as other personalized health services.  Prior to co-founding ExpertConsensus I was co-founder of Healogica Inc. a technology company based in New York that connected patients and clinical trial opportunities through a web-enabled clinical trials matching platform (Healogica’s technology assets were acquired by the Michael J. Fox Foundation). Before founding Healogica I was at Gerson Lehrman Group, the world’s leading expert network company, where I cataloged the world’s medical experts in my role as head of Gerson Lehrman Group Councils, a global network of over 250,000 members. I’m a licensed physician in the state of New York, passed my boards in Internal Medicine, and I have an MBA from Wharton (where I was co-organizer of the 7th Annual New Ventures In Health Care Conference).  Finally, I’m an angel investor in a number of web-based ventures and I’ve consulted for the New York Academy of Sciences.

My View

I’ve heard a lot of people say recently that there has never been a better time to be an innovator in the health space and I couldn’t agree more with that thought. I think we are on the verge of a period of radical change in the health industry that will result in a fundamental shift in the way we think about and experience health care. If you’re working at a company that’s trying to improve the health system or if you’re founding your own own company to change the health industry I want to talk to you. Please feel free to contact me at jl[at]health2con[dot]com – I promise I’ll write you back.

Did You Know?

  • That while a student at Wharton I worked on a year-long consulting project for a little company out of Boston called AthenaHealth and got to know co-founder and health innovation rock star Todd Park before he was famous?
  • That as part of an entrepreneurship class in b-school I co-authored the original business plan for what would become Infiniti Medical, a leader in the veterinary medical device space now run by my former classmate Jared Finegold?
  • That I unbelievably passed up not one, but two opportunities to be an early stage employee at NYC-based success story ZocDoc (last public valuation = $700mm $1.6 billion)?
  • That the song “Slow Hands” by indie band Silkworm (founded by my freshman roommate at Columbia, Andy Cohen) is a fan favorite and they request it by yelling out “Jean-Luc!”?
  • That I was voted best sense of humor by my fellow residency colleagues?