Joining the MedX ePatient Community

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I’ve been named an ePatient for the Stanford MedicineX conference happening this September. The conference describes itself as “a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care.” For years I’ve been following Dr. Larry Chu’s work and am quite excited to take part. It’s great to see their focus on including patient voices in discussions about “how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care.”

I’ve been named to the design track, which includes the IDEO Design Challenge led by Dennis Boyle. I’m interested to see how my thinking about design can be applied beyond my own experience living with diabetes. As part of participation, ePatients are asked to tweet and blog about the event. So expect plenty of commentary from me in the Fall.

Already the MedicineX community has invited to me participate in their events, beginning with a MedX Live! video podcast. The topic at hand was “Entrepreneurship: Innovating in healthcare, human centered design and brainstorming challenges.” There was a great selection of presenters including Dr. Jason Hwang, co-author of The Innovator’s Prescription with Clayton Christensen. It gives a great overview of the health care industry and ways that innovation can succeed to help improve care and lower costs.

I look forward to getting more involved with the MedX community and talking more about the ways that health care needs to become more patient-centric.

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