Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Healthcare on Sunday 11th March

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  • All Day Event - The iTriage "Power-Up" Lounge

    Need to recharge? iPhone or Tablet going dead? Feet hurting? Come relax in the iTriage Power-Up Lounge. Plug in your electronics at the charge stations and grab a healthy snack to refuel! And while you're recharging on the comfy couches, learn about the #1 downloaded healthcare app that allows you to take charge of your health!

    At 9:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Room 301, AT&T Conference Center

  • How STDs Can Be Good for Your Health

    by Anmol Madan, David Hale, Deven McGraw, Mark Dredze and Emily Hackel

    We’ll let you in on a secret: Socially Transmitted Data (STDs) are good for your health.

    Updating Twitter, searching for information on Google, texting your friends, and carrying your mobile phone – these activities may hold the key to preventing your next cold or knowing when flu will be keeping the kids at home so you can get them Echinacea and call the sitter in time.

    In this panel, we’ll discuss how the data you leave in your wake, every day, holds within it vast opportunity to predict and even improve personal and public health; and we’ll delve into some of the latest research and tools that are helping uncover what’s possible. Do you want to know when the next bug will be wafting through town? Is your partner depressed but not aware what’s wrong? Your twitter feed, mobile location traces, search queries, subway travel patterns and even buying behavior may hold the answer.

    The common denominator: These non-traditional passive data offer tremendous scale that simply doesn't exist with any other physiological health sensor. They give us clues about our personal and collective health behavior, and help health care professionals and health organizations better serve the public.

    It is important to note, that while some are excited by these prospects, others cry “big brother”. So we’ll discuss privacy implications too.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

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  • WARNING: Are Online Reviews Bad for Your Health?

    by Keely Kolmes, Jeffrey Segal, Vince Sollitto, Neil Bacon and Cindy Cohn

    Should you pick your doctor the same way you pick where to eat dinner? We are all consumers of health services. Our culture is exploding with information sharing and reviewing of services, and businesses are feeling anxious about the power of social media to damage their reputation. Yet the difference between which pizza to order and which plastic surgeon to trust is more than mere matter of words. Plus, as the numbers of angry and anonymous reviews grows, contentious battles are forming between healthcare providers and their patients, giving rise to an entire industry devoted to defending online reputations and fighting back against bogus posts. So what is the healthy balance? This panel will explore the legal rules at play (including copyright, free speech and patient privacy), the ethical obligations of healthcare providers (including confidentiality and the Hippocratic oath), and the innovative practices being developed in response.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

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  • A Dr, Patient & Insurer Walk into a Social Network

    by Dr Michael Golinkoff, Wendy Sue Swanson and Jamie Heywood

    What happens next? Mobile, social and peer-to-peer tools are blowing up politics, news, and entertainment. But what about health care? Why is it that you can connect with everyone you know online except for your doctor or your health insurance company? Why is it easier to update your status on Facebook than it is to update your health history? Why do clipboards and paper forms still play a prominent role in the doctor's office? On the flip side, patients and caregivers who have their lives on the line are literally putting their lives online. Research shows that if you enable an environment in which people can share, they will. The benefits of that sharing will entice others to join and there is mounting evidence that sharing is, in fact, caring. When people connect with the right tool, the right advice, or the right person who is just ahead of them on a treatment path, their health outcomes improve. Everyone - clinicians, health insurance companies, patients -- know we need to figure this out. So what's going to happen in that bar? A fistfight? A love connection?

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

  • SXSW Action: Collectively Outsmarting Malaria

    by Matthew Blumberg and Nicolas Maire

    Each year there are more than 225 million cases of Malaria, killing around 781,000 people. That's 2.23% of deaths worldwide every year- the majority of them young children. Please stop by this session, because together we’re going to do something about it:The session will lay out a program through which members of the SXSW community (this means you!) can lend their special talents –- in data visualization, UI design, game design, social media, web development, and more –- to build a collaborative system to outsmart Malaria.Join us to find out how it works- and how you can participate…

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

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