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Professionals have been offering psychotherapy online since 1995. While the earlier services focused on offering therapy through email, this has changed in recent years. With the popularity of video conferencing, it was inevitable that someone would invent a form of therapy called "naked therapy."
This intriguing panel will discuss how Internet and mobile technologies enable therapeutic interactions between professionals and individuals. Experts will discuss e-therapy, how it's changed over the years, and how technology is disrupting traditional professional relationships -- enabling therapeutic modalities not possible a decade ago... Even the possibility of "naked therapy." It should make for an interesting, heated discussion between practitioners of traditional forms of online therapy and the founder of "naked therapy."
This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.
Healthcare is 18% of US GDP and will be 37% by 2050, if nothing changes. We must reinvent how we deliver healthcare. In the past year, prizes and challenges have come in to vogue in the health sector. Prizes and challenges have a long history of benefiting humanity and driving major breakthroughs, for example a prize was used to incentivize the first flight across the Atlantic. Prizes are effective at crowdsourcing innovation, accelerating progress, and attracting new talent. Some of the leading prize evangelists will describe their platforms from big dollar prizes to more modest amounts along with lessons learned. The XPrize Foundation is launching a bid to fund a $10M XPrize for a Tricoder device; Health 2.0 has launched over 25 challenges with over 150 teams; NASA has built and open innovation strategy for health and the government is seeding grand challenges for global health. We are in the early stage of challenges for health and most are focused on apps, games, and data visualizations. Come hear how we can use challenges to fix healthcare, spur new business models, and avoid prize and app fatigue. This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.
Legendary CEO Jerry Levin and Futurist and Health Investor Esther Dyson are interviewed by StartUp Health Co-founder Steven Krein in a dynamic session to discuss how to transform health and wellness entrepreneurship in America. Steve will engage Jerry and Esther and the audience in a thought provoking discussion on how entrepreneurs are the solution to changing healthcare in our country and how to establish the entrepreneurship culture throughout the nation in sectors like health and wellness. They will discuss how can entrepreneurs, investors, healthcare professionals and organizations can be collaborate in this revolution. This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.
by Doug Ulman
In 1997, the Lance Armstrong Foundation was created by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer. Now known publicly by its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the organization is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer.
LIVESTRONG's CEO, Doug Ulman, is one of the most followed CEO's on Twitter with more than 1 million followers. Evolving side-by-side with social media, a large part of the success and following of LIVESTRONG comes from the nonprofit’s utilization of online networking over the years. In 2009 at the BlogWorld Conference the hashtag #BeatCancer was used to set a Guinness World Record with over 209,000 mentions in 24-hours.
Cancer is the world’s number one killer globally. Ulman and LIVESTRONG continue to utilize channels of communication that will help spread the LIVESTRONG message on a worldwide scale. Proving itself a useful weapon, viral is key in the fight against the disease.
This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.
Cancer care and support is changing dramatically as blogging, social media, facebook and mmo gaming become mass media. Trisha Creekmore, aka Tinkerhell, a mother, wife and digital denizen since 1995, has had breast cancer twice. The first diagnosis in 2004 was hard and lonely. The second diagnosis in 2010 was harder, but not lonely. Trisha and her husband David found the content on health Web sites unhelpful and online disease-specific support groups depressing. So they made up their own plan, harnessing the power of facebook, the mmo Warhammer and thousands of strangers to create Cancerpalooza. David blogged every week. His plan was to keep family and friends informed, but the blog and the community it created became much more than the sum of their parts, inspiring and bringing value to complete strangers, the entire mmorpg community and even rockstars like Mike Patton and Ozzy Osbourne. But not in an annoying social-media-positive-sharing way. More in a FML-WTF-LOL way. This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.
As more and more patients begin using social media as an information source and a support network, it's inevitable that they'll begin to interact with representatives of pharmaceutical companies looking to use new technologies to inform and educate. While consumer-industry interactions are not new -- Comcast crawls Twitter for those in need of tech support, and Gatorade sends electronic high-fives to high school athletes -- links between drug companies and those they serve are more fraught, with some patients celebrating dialogue and others warning that such relationships are intrinsically inappropriate. This panel -- including patients, advocates and industry -- will explore the ground rules of "friending" big pharma and the ground rules that biopharma firms must play by to ensure patients aren't taken advantage of.
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.
There’s no secret behind what makes for healthy living. Don’t smoke, eat right, and get some exercise to start. The problem is, being healthy feels a lot like work.
So our core question: How can we make healthy behavior as seductive as a kiss or as addicting as a bag of potato chips? Once you go in for one, you can’t stop.
This panel will shed light on what’s working – and what’s not – when it comes to using interactive tools to turn good health habits into actions people crave. We’ll explore the role of rewards and recognition; the forces such as love and fear; and the effectiveness of fun, enchantment and ambient integration.
More specifically, we’ll take a close look at innovative programs that are helping to change people’s engagement in their health, and drive new habits; and we’ll also explore the successes of non-health programs such as Angry Birds for how we can translate their stickiness to health.
And then we’ll talk about what happens when the “game” is over. Do people relapse? How can that be prevented – if at all?
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.
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?
by Joseph C Kvedar MD, Paul Griffiths and Angelo Volandes MD
From high-tech to high-touch: are wired hospitals losing the patient connection? This panel of nationally recognized leaders in healthcare has applied technology solutions to enhance quality of patient care across disciplines. The impact of mobile, remote monitoring, the Internet, video education, and patient portals on the patient experience will be discussed. With so many technology tools available is face-to-face interaction with the doctor necessary? What role can patient portals play in improving communication with patients? How do we place the right amount of value on the patient-doctor relationship (high-touch) while improving care delivery and efficiency? We turn to innovators in two healthcare segments – telemedicine and end-of-life care – to find answers, and to a leading provider of online solutions for healthcare to tell us how to effectively coordinate technology tools to improve the patient experience.
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.
More than 500,000 babies are born prematurely and an estimated 28,000 children die before their first birthday each year in the U.S. Text4baby, the first free health text messaging service in the U.S., addresses this issue by providing pregnant women and new moms accessible, relevant health information—via text messages. Well on its way to 1 million subscribers, text4baby was created, launched and promoted by an unprecedented, public-private partnership.
Over 85% of Americans own a cell phone and 72% of cell users send or receive text messages. Yet, the power of these devices as behavior change tools is just being uncovered. Much attention goes to smart phone applications, yet the health needs of low-income and under-served populations are often most pressing. Everyone has a vested interest in child health, yet few programs have garnered support like text4baby. What are the lessons of text4baby? And, how can tech, public health, and employer communities learn from its success?
A recent article in Health Affairs titled: “Games for Health: the Latest Tool in the Medical Care Arsenal” stated that “computer-based simulations and interactive programs are introducing a powerful new force in health care: FUN”. At the same time the article also noting that “new tools in health care are proliferating like viral spoors in a virtual pond.” While there is a growing proliferation of stand alone health games, this panel will consider the specific use of health games embedded in persistent avatar-based worlds where users manage the health and well being of their avatars as virtual substitutes for their own health and wellness. The panel will present actual data from use cases ranging from tweens to boomers, including what evidence is available to suggest that virtual behavior crosses into behavior in the real world. The panel will also discuss how new mobile health devices are likely to contribute to the blending of virtual and real worlds.
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?
by Mei Lin Fung, Ahmed Calvo, Brian McCarty and Lisa Lott
Initiated by the US Air Force Medical Services, the Federal Health Futures Group has brought together the Surgeons General of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, the Veteran’s Administration and many departments within the Health and Human Services Agency to identify ways in which Health and Health outcomes can be dramatically improved. In exploring the idea of "Health as a Team Sport," members of the Health Futures Group joined forces with game designers to explore games that can help improve public health and create the environment within which individuals can thrive in good times and bad.
Multiple dimensions were explored.
At the individual level: Getting more exercise, improving diet, dealing with illness, preventing disease, recovering from trauma and illness.
At the team level: Coaching groups of health professionals to work together amongst themselves to increase health, recovery, thriving.
In the community: In improving teamwork and collaboration between the formal healthcare and the informal family and friend networks.
At the government level: to improve the impact and effectiveness of policy, research and regulation.
This interactive panel will include a thorough discussion of the games designed to meet these challenges, the results obtained thus far, and identify specific future steps that the panelists could take to better leverage games in improving Health outcomes.
For millennia, we wore footwear to protect our feet and get us from point A to B. Somewhere along the line they became status symbols. Then sports apparel. Now they’re quickly becoming the next device on our bodies that will enhance our lives and how we live with technology. From Nike+ to WeSC’s RFID-enabled checkin shoes, digital technology is proving to have the richest potential for innovation in footwear both for fashion/lifestyle and for sports. Joined by a panel of experts in footwear design and culture, we will discuss shoes of the next generation, what new changes they promise to bring to our lives, and what the technology and design community can look forward to with them.
Electronic health records have the potential for enormous good, but in order for them to live up to their full potential, information about patients -- their symptoms, diagnoses, allergic reactions, medical backgrounds, family histories -- must take the form of standardized, structured, easy-to-manipulate data. One obvious way to get there is to tightly structure the way that doctors create the medical record. As a result, physicians are under increasing pressure to abandon unrestricted natural language and the clinical narrative, and turn the medical documentation process into a jungle of pull-down menus, checkboxes, and restricted vocabularies. In this presentation I argue that the results could be catastrophic, I make the case for preserving the clinical narrative, and I argue for a practical way out of the dilemma: using natural language processing technology to produce the structured records we need, while still allowing physicians the freedom of unrestricted clinical language.
When it comes to health and wellness programs, patient engagement is often the coveted yet elusive brass ring. Despite all the clinical expertise that goes into developing systems for patient care and education, non-compliance and lack of sustained patient involvement in these programs remain high. So how could something seemingly trivial like games improve patient engagement and consequently, health care outcomes? This panel will explore how health is social and how playing games with others can keep us engaged and motivated when it comes to changing our behaviour in positive ways.
9th–13th March 2012