Friday, October 30, 2015

MedTech: Stanford MedX


The Stanford Medx conference was held the last week of September, bringing together doctors, patients, and technology experts to create better medicine.

Stanford MedX 2015
Medicine X is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. The “X” is meant to encourage thinking beyond numbers and trends—it represents the infinite possibilities for current and future information technologies to improve health. 


The 2015 Presentations (a selection):

Medicine X Student Leadership Program: Tim Van de Grift
 - Bringing doctors, patients, and people from different fields together to better educate med students, and better serve patients




Empowered Patients Empowering Others:

Medicine X ePatient Scholar: Emily Kramer-Golinkoff
 - embracing a life of activism - experience navigating through the medical system is valuable experience that needs to be shared
 - the power of gathering experts in the same room to solve problems

Medicine X ePatient Scholar: Devon Low
 - the benefits of Health Coaches
 - what makes a good patient

Medicine X ePatient Scholar: Leslie Rott
 - life in college and grad school with a chronic condition
 - the value of a patient advocate for helping students with chronic illness navigate and handle academic life

Medicine X ePatient Scholar: Julie Flygare
 - Giving a face and a story to invisible illness


There's a lot of information to wade through, and I think there may be more videos to be posted. But my takeaway (so far) was the idea of re-making hospital rooms into a place for information exchange.

Hospital rooms are terrible places for gathering and sharing information --
- patients who are ill and the family members caring for them are not in a position to retain and process information 
- the number of hospital staff members in and out, with widely different backgrounds and  goals, and sometimes very brief case knowledge leads to patients who are presented with confusing and sometimes contradictory information
- if multiple family members visit at different times, they are on their own to ensure information exchange between them, on little sleep and frayed nerves
I'll repeat: the hospital room, in its current form, is a terrible environment for information exchange. (added to my plan for The Fixing of Medicine)

MedX's great promise is in getting the right people in the right room to have the right conversations about how to Do Medicine Better.


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