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Medicine X spotlights mental health, medical team of the future and the “no-smartphone” patient

Medicine X spotlights mental health, medical team of the future and the “no-smartphone” patient

Larry_ChuInnovative thinkers and thought leaders engaged in using emerging technologies to enhance health-care delivery and advance the practice of medicine will gather here in early September for Stanford Medicine X.

As Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, comments in a release today, Larry Chu, MD, associate professor of anesthesia at Stanford and executive director of the conference, “has made this the go-to event for e-patients, physicians and innovators who want to get together to map out the future of health care.” Chu also notes that the conference  “has distinguished itself through a singular commitment to inclusivity and by finding new ways to bring every voice and perspective into important conversations about health care.”

Now in it’s third year, Medicine X is building on this inclusive spirit by exploring a variety of new themes during its 2014 program. More from our release:

This year’s program will spotlight the relationship between physical and mental well-being with three breakout panels. Psychologist Ann Becker-Shutte, PhD, will moderate a session on how mental health affects overall health. A conversation about emerging technologies in mental health will be led by Malay Gandhi, managing director of Rock Health, a business accelerator for health-care technology startup companies. Additionally, patient advocate Sarah Kucharski will direct a discussion about depression caused by chronic disease and about coping through online communities.

“Mental health is imperative to address in the overall conversation about the future of health care,” said Chu. “We need to be thinking about the health of the whole person, not just a patient’s individual symptoms or disease.”

The three-day event will also feature panels on what the medical team of the future may look like; how patients with chronic diseases can use self-tracking tools to improve their health and support one another; ways for the pharmaceutical industry to partner with patients in the drug discovery and clinical trial process; and opportunities to connect with “no-smartphone” patients — those who don’t have the access or resources to fully engage with health-enhancing technologies.

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference, being held Sept. 5-7, include Daniel Siegel, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles; Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and population health at New York University School of Medicine; and Charles Ornstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and senior reporter at ProPublica.

For information about the program or to  register the Medicine X website. Last year’s conference sold out, and space is limited for this year’s event.

Previously: Medicine X Live! to host Hangout on design thinking for patient engagement, Quite the reach: Stanford Medicine X set record for most number of tweets at a health-care conference, Videos from Medicine X now available and “You belong here”: A recap of Stanford Medicine X
Photo of Larry Chu by StanfordMedicineX

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Stanford Medicine X conference issues call for abstracts and presenters

Stanford Medicine X conference issues call for abstracts and presenters

Stanford Medicine X, a conference that explores how emerging technologies are advancing the practice of medicine, improving health and empowering patients,  is now accepting submissions for papers and speakers. If you’re interested in showcasing your work at Medicine X, you can apply on the conference website.

The conference will be held on the Stanford campus from Sept. 5-7, and the submission deadline for abstracts and presenters is March 1.

Last year, as described in a previous Scope entry, Medicine X “set a new world record” for most number of tweets at a health-care conference.

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Previously: Medicine X Live! to host Hangout on design thinking for patient engagement, Stanford Medicine X seeking students for leadership program and “You belong here”: A recap of Stanford Medicine X

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Medicine X Live! to host Hangout on design thinking for patient engagement

Medicine X Live! to host Hangout on design thinking for patient engagement

Put on your design-thinking cap and join a Stanford Medicine X  Live! Google+ Hangout and Twitter chat at 5:30 p.m. Pacific tomorrow. IDEO founding partner and Stanford d.school professor Dennis Boyle joins Brian Garcia, CTO of Healthagen, and ePatient Liza Bernstein to discuss design thinking and patient engagement. Ask questions using the #MedX hashtag on Twitter, and watch the conversation here as it’s happening.

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Previously: Stanford Medicine X Live! explores strategies for achieving your 2014 resolutions and Medicine X to host Google+ Hangout with ePatients

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Stanford Medicine X seeking students for leadership program

students at MedicineXEach year, Stanford Medicine X brings together stakeholders in health care to discuss the intersection of emerging technologies and medicine. According to director Larry Chu, MD, students have always been “a vital part our conference, from planning and staging to participating from the audience and on the stage” – and this year Medicine X is making its commitment to medical trainees more visible through a student program.

The student leadership program offers up to 10 spots for students to attend the conference, scheduled for Sept. 5-7, and is open to those studying premed, medicine, pharmacy, or nursing, as well as to PhD candidates and those in allied health professions.

“Creating lasting and sustainable change in health care means working with tomorrow’s leaders today,” Chu said of the importance of the program, which has a fast-approaching deadline. Chu is accepting student applications through Monday, Jan. 20.

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Previously: “You belong here”: A recap of Stanford Medicine X and A conversation about digital literacy in medical education
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Stanford Medicine X Live! explores strategies for achieving your 2014 resolutions

Stanford Medicine X Live! explores strategies for achieving your 2014 resolutions

It’s one week into the New Year, so how are those 2014 resolutions coming along? If your motivation is starting to slip, don’t stress. As the panelists on last night’s installment of Stanford Medicine X Live discussed there are a number of opportunities to get back on track, now and throughout the year.

The live Google Hangout and Twitter chat explored the topic of health-care resolutions and brought together a diverse group that included: Jason Albrecht, pediatric palliative care coordinator for the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital; Kyra Bobinet, MD, an engagement behavior designer in the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab; Lawrence Chu, MD, executive director of Stanford Medicine X; Joyce Lee, a pediatrician and associate professor at the University of Michigan; Jerry Matczak, a community manager at Eli Lilly Clinical Open Innovation and ePatients Alan Brewington and Britt Johnson. The discussion was moderated by ePatient Sarah Kucharski.

In the archived video above, panelists address questions on topics ranging from taking a thematic approach to making resolutions, replacing Jan. 1 pledges with ongoing life goals, using other occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, a medical check-up) during the year to renew resolutions and harnessing social media tools, such as Twitter, to provide support and accountability. One particularly interesting recommendations was to infuse the principles of design thinking into the New Year’s resolution process and accept that, while you may encounter setbacks, in the end you’ll ultimately make progress towards your goal.

Previously: Mindful eating tips for the desk-boundAsk Stanford Med: Answers to your questions about willpower and tools to reach our goals and Stanford health psychologist offers tips for increasing your willpower

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Medicine X to host Google+ Hangout with ePatients

Medicine X to host Google+ Hangout with ePatients

If you followed the news on this year’s Stanford Medicine X conference, you might be familiar with the term ePatient: “empowered, engaged in your care, and equipped with knowledge about your condition,” as a Medicine X blog post describes. Later today, eight ePatient alumni will be joining in conversation via Google+ Hangout and Twitter to discuss features of the Medicine X ePatient program, eligibility requirements and how to apply for 2014.

Visit this page on the Medicine X blog to join the Hangout today at 5:30 PM Pacific time and use #MedX on Twitter to ask the panelists questions.

Previously: “You belong here”: A recap of Stanford Medicine XStanford Medicine X hosts Google+ Hangout tonightStanford Medicine X hosts live chat on Thursday with Bryan Vartabedian and Wendy Sue Swanson and ePatients discuss the “healing process” of IDEO Design Challenge at Medicine X

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Quite the reach: Stanford Medicine X set record for most number of tweets at a health-care conference

Quite the reach: Stanford Medicine X set record for most number of tweets at a health-care conference

Speaking of Stanford Medicine X: At the conference, social media is, in the understated words of Ron Burgundy, “kind of a big deal.”

In a recent blog post, Symplur co-founder Thomas Lee charted the influence of social media on Medicine X conversations and compared this year’s conference to last year’s and to others in the health-care sphere. And, as Lee writes, “we can comfortably say that Medicine X set a new world record for the average number of tweets per day at a healthcare conference.”

In a conference interview, Lee said, “Last year, 2012 MedX, all three days there were just shy of 10,000 tweets. That was almost achieved on Day One yesterday. And there are almost a third more participants than there were last year – and that’s just after the first day.” Graphs from Lee’s post show that Medicine X 2013′s social participation on Twitter involved 3,576 participants in 26, 973 conversations during the conference. And the buzz still continues, which you can see by using the #MedX hashtag.

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Previously: Videos from Medicine X now available“You belong here”: A recap of Stanford Medicine X, Image of the Week: Stanford Medicine X 2013 and Medicine X offers free streaming through Global Access Program

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Medical futurist Bertalan Meskó shares his thoughts on social media and medicine

Medical futurist Bertalan Meskó shares his thoughts on social media and medicine

Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, became a medical futurist, he says, “to merge my two selves – being a doctor and being a geek.” As he comments in a recently released Stanford Medicine X video, “There was no profession for that; I designed one.”

As a young medical student, Meskó would look for genetics information on the web but realized it was difficult to find “quality, dynamic, changing resources online.” So he built Webicina.com, a curated source for social media resources in medicine and health care, comprising more than 6,000 resources on 140 medical conditions and specialties in 20 languages. He also began teaching online courses on social media for medical students and physicians, with a current attendance of 3,000 worldwide, to teach them how to use Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube and blogs efficiently and to communicate with e-patients using these tools and e-mail.

Meskó, who taught a course at this year’s Medicine X, summarizes his work as a medical futurist in a changing, dynamic world: “It’s about medical communication, not social media.” Do online as you would do in person, and social media can help to bring doctors and e-patients into a closer, more productive relationship.

Previously: Bertalan Meskó discusses how mobile technologies can improve the delivery of health careA conversation about digital literacy in medical education and The importance of curation and communities when crowdsourcing clinical questions

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Videos from Medicine X now available

Videos from Medicine X now available

One of the challenges presented by Stanford Medicine X, said an attendee sitting next to me last weekend, was having to select only one session to attend when multiple choices were offered at a time. Fortunately, Medicine X is a technology conference, and the organizers filmed and uploaded footage of many sessions as well as supplementary material on their YouTube channel. You can watch Jack Andraka‘s opening keynote and Vinod Khosla‘s closing address, The Buzz interviews by Hayley Goldbach with participants, and panel discussions such as #Whatifhc.

In the video above, Roni Zeiger, MD, Google’s former chief health strategist, explains how he developed Smart Patients to connect people to information and each other. ”The most important thing about the design of this product, this platform, is that it’s meant to enable people to learn not just from those that are within their defined community, their label, but across silos,” Zeiger said. Much like Medicine X.

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Previously: “You belong here”: A recap of Stanford Medicine XLive tweeting Jack Andraka’s Medicine X keynoteMedicine X’s “What if health care…” seeks tweets and How a “culture of permission” prevents doctors from being active in social media

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“You belong here”: A recap of Stanford Medicine X

"You belong here": A recap of Stanford Medicine X

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Last weekend, nearly 500 people attended the second-annual Stanford Medicine X conference here. In person, that is. Millions more across the world were exposed to it though the Medicine X Global Access Program’s free livestream of plenary hall sessions and the exponential reach of Twitter. The conference hashtag #MedX was actually top-trending in the U.S. for several hours on Friday, the first day of the event.

Medicine X, a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and emerging technologies, is also a patient-centered event. So, how does this work? Lawyer Maggie Heim, founder of Help Keep a Sister Alive, and an “ePatient” who has battled cancer, made a point to say she had chosen two of her surgeons based on their bedside manner. But at this conference, you won’t find any man-versus-the-machine Industrial Revolution talk claiming humans can’t also collaborate with robots. A number of speakers introduced themselves with both a handshake and their Twitter handle, and tweets not only recorded and fueled conference sessions, but also included friendly banter and even invitations to a group dinner.

Participatory medicine, a focus of much discussion during the conference, could be described this way: The patient uses technology, perhaps self-tracking biometrics through wearable devices, conducting research online, and identifying and engaging with patient communities through social media. She shows up to her doctor’s appointment with a list of questions and is a partner in – and even, ultimately, the owner of – her own care. Doctors also use data, electronic resources and social media to learn as much as possible about a patient’s condition and treatment options, consult with colleagues and respond to questions. At the end of the office visit, which can be spent actually talking instead of taking basic metrics, the doctor asks the patient (as Marc Katz, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute, presented it), “Did I get it?”

Larry Chu, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at the medical school and executive director of Medicine X. He also directs Stanford’s Anesthesia Informatics Lab, which produces Medicine X. In his opening address, Chu said, “Whether you’re a researcher, a technologist, an ePatient – whoever you are, you belong here.” From the microexpert ePatient scholars to wearable medical-device designers, home caregivers to hospital administrators, doctors to academics, attendees clearly viewed technology as a tool to enhance human potential and connections. This is not to say that everyone agreed on the role each should play in improving patient-centered care. A few times an audience member stood at a microphone to voice an underrepresented perspective. Patient advocate and Medicine X artist-in-residence Regina Holliday, for example, challenged her fellow panelists during the “What if healthcare…” session. And viewers present or distant generated thought-provoking responses to all of it on Twitter. Still, hugs went viral in the lobby during breaks, and many participated in walk-and-talk socials led by Zoë Chu, mascot and chief evangelist of Medicine X and French bulldog of Dr. Chu.

The day before the conference, select participants attended the Stanford Medicine X IDEO Design Challenge at IDEO world headquarters to engage stakeholders in improving health in a design setting, and they tackled patient-centered problems as a team. A panel on Sunday moderated by IDEO founding partner and Stanford d.school professor Dennis Boyle unpacked the designers’ and ePatients scholars’ experiences working together. (We’ll have more from him in a later post.) And an adventurous spirit of design thinking pervaded the conference during the three days.

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