Innovative 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 its 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.
More news about Stanford Medicine X is available in the Medicine X category.
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