Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Health on Monday 12th March

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  • The Future of Digital Health

    by Halle Tecco, Ryan Panchadsaram, Linda Avey, Rebecca Woodcock and Jeffrey Pollard MD

    Digital health is an emerging industry at the intersection of technology and health, radically changing how we access and use personal health information. It unites smartphones/tablets (new means of 24/7 access to information), with big data in the cloud (enabling personalization), game dynamics / mechanics (new engagement mechanisms), the increased engagement of physicians online (interactive doctors), and a vibrant social conversation about health. The panel, composed of pioneers in this new space (WIRED Magazine, HealthTap, Rock Health, Massive Health, CakeHealth, others), will explore why Digital Health is happening now, and how it is poised to forever transform how we access and use personal health information, how we manage our personal health, and how we interact with physicians using online/mobile applications. The panel will discuss the future of online/mobile health information, apps, and interactions, and disruptive emerging trends in the health space.

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

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

  • Sharing Privately in the Context of Health

    by Michael Nichols

    Social sharing about all topics is now commonplace, and the trend of increasingly open sharing about historically “private” aspects of our lives reflect changing standards about what’s appropriately public information. At the same time, for certain subjects – including health – privacy and confidentiality concerns often keep us from open sharing.

    At the same time, we now know that sharing health information, particularly in an online social context, can have significant benefits (for all who share and others), especially when practiced in large groups/communities.

    This session will explore how to create environments where participants receive the benefits of sharing, while also enjoying the peace of mind of privacy: secure sharing. It will address emerging trends in technology (including mobile sharing and privacy/security technology), products (including online and mobile services that allow anonymous sharing of health information), privacy controls and sharing trends, and current (as of the time of the talk) law, which collectively support the new and exciting prospect of "secure sharing" and the related benefits it creates.

    At 11:30am to 11:45am, Monday 12th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Social Networking: Giving Cancer Patients a Voice

    by Brandon Lee

    Their Story Is Our Story (TSOS) is inspired by witnessing my dad’s fight against cancer. Sharing our experiences helps keep his memory alive, and hopefully, provides comfort and support to those in similar situations. Each cancer journey is unique and deserves to be told. Their stories are our stories.
    My project aims to support those affected by this horrible disease. They can connect with others in similar situations through a website where they will be able to share their cancer stories and their loved ones’ story while giving and receiving support. Think of it as a “Cancer Facebook.” A TSOS Profile allows cancer patients and their loved ones to share status updates, pose questions and post inspirational quotes. Individuals can further their relationships and stories by creating groups and forums. Getting involved with TSOS online is simple and quick.
    In addition to an online and print presence, TSOS’s goal is to become a pillar in the community by holding cancer awareness events and providing college scholarships.
    TSOS will host community events such as cancer walks, concerts and sports competition fundraisers. These ideas would raise cancer awareness in the community and bring the community together for the cause.
    My dad will always be an inspiration to me. Through TSOS I can continue his story and maintain the connection that I’ve had with him. His story will live on and as TSOS grows we will all contribute to a story that will all be ours.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 8A, Austin Convention Center

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Health Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Frank Moss (Bluefin Labs)
    Judges: Dr. Geeta Nayyar (AT&T for Health), Doug Ulman (Livestrong), Adam Koopersmith (New World Ventures)
    Finalist: Cellscope, BodiMojo, Jiff, Medify

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Hilton Austin Downtown

  • What We Can Learn From Virtual Support Systems

    by Heidi Adams

    What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of virtual / online support systems for cancer patients? What kinds of lessons do these support systems for cancer patients offer for other kinds of patients? What kinds of lessons do these support systems for cancer patients offer in the bigger picture, as more and more of our hour-to-hour, day-to-day activities move from the physical world to the virtual world?

    At 5:00pm to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

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