Health As a Team Sport

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

  • Ahmed Calvo
  • Brian McCarty
  • Lisa Lott

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

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.

About the speakers

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Mei Lin Fung

Chairman of the Board, ISOE

Visual Social Explorer who loves to learn. Pioneer in CRM - Customer Relationship Management - helped design the first system under Tom Siebel's leadership at Oracle's Direct Marketing Division. When Tom left, worked for Marc Benioff in his enfant terrible days before he founded SalesForce and became an industry eminence. Spent 4 years as the business partner of Silicon Valley legend, Douglas Engelbart, known for the computer mouse, but renowned for the "Mother of all Demos" where hyperlinks, remote video conferencing, hypertext, word processing and the mouse were introduced to the world 1968 familiar with punch cards as the human computer interface. Since then, I've been working on Networked Improvement Communities - co-founded TEDxBayArea, BayStart, Program for the Future, and the Institute for Service Organization Excellence. I really believe in Apprenticeships - and pioneered the first US Department of Labor registered Customer Care Apprenticeship in Oklahoma City. These days, I'm working as the lead coordinator/social architect for the Federal Health Futures Initiative begun by the Air Force Medical Services and now expanded to the Army, Navy and Health Affairs, and connecting with the Veterans Administration and Health and Human Services. Health is the ultimate human collaborative endeavour and we can do better if if work together to Win at Health.

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Ahmed Calvo

Chief Medical Officer & Sr Advisor HRSA Office of Health IT & Quality, US Dept of Health & Human Services Office of the Asst Se

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Advisor, Office of Health IT and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC HRSA operates over 8000 federally qualified health center sites throughout the nation, which have a long history of working in the HRSA funded Health Disparities Collaboratives led by Dr. Calvo, as Director and Chief Medical Officer, and Chief of the Clinical Quality Improvement Branch. Prior to joining HRSA, Dr. Calvo was Director of Medical Education and Medical Director at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista; Chief Medical Officer of the San Ysidro Health Center, a large federally qualified health center network of community clinics on the U.S./Mexico border; and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California–San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. A graduate from Stanford University and the University of California–San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Calvo also completed several UCSD/San Diego State University Faculty Development Fellowships on care of underserved communities; a Master’s of Public Health on Public Health Management; and multiple advanced practice fellowships, including the HRSA-funded National Leadership Fellowship at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, with the National Hispanic Medical Association. At HHS, he runs a National Health Policy Fellowship, in collaboration with the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Dr. Calvo’s 2008 paper with Leah Rainsford Calvo and Clement Bezold: "Comprehensive Health Homes: Implications of convergence of the chronic care model, planned care model and patient centered medical home model is available as a pdf online. Dr. Calvo's primary responsibilities at HRSA have been accelerating and disseminating key lessons learned from the multiple quality improvement (QI) Breakthrough Collaboratives and other QI activities from the various HRSA Bureaus/Offices. The HRSA agency-wide quality systems strategy has led to influencing HHS as part of a department “quality systems thrust” within the HHS National Quality Strategy; and generating federal-government dialogue on national QI methods, for example, via collaboration with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) via the Futures Based Agile Thinking (FBAT) initiative with Offices of the Surgeons General of the Air Force, Army, Navy and US Public Health Service (USPHS). Representing HRSA, Dr. Calvo is a federal member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measures Application Partnership (MAP). With Anand Parekh, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine), Dr. Calvo currently co-chairs the HHS department-level Medical Claims Review Panel (MCRP) of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) which reviews malpractice settlements on behalf of HHS. From a research perspective, Dr. Calvo’s work currently is focused on evidence-based methods of dissemination science & translational science, applied to clinical and operational QI at a local, regional, and national level. Dr. Calvo has been asked by HRSA and the NIH to function as the Senior Guest Editor for a peer-reviewed 2012 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. The special themed issue is titled: “Evidence for Informing the Next Generation of Quality Improvement Initiatives: Models, Methods, Measures, and Outcomes.”

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Brian McCarty

Col. (Retired), Us Air Force Medical Services, Office Of The Surgeon General

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Lisa Lott

Chief Scientist, Eagle Medical Services LLC

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Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012


Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

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