Healthcare Innovation Summit 2015 #medx

My adventure at Stanford Medicine X debuted with the Healthcare Innovation Summit 2015 – a pre-conference, one day event on how change can be brought about in healthcare. This post is not meant to be a thorough cover of the event, but rather to highlight some of my afterthoughts on a day packed with ideas and great speakers.

I was thrilled that the first person I met was David Shaywits, as I am a long time admirer of his writings. I am also a big fan of his and Lisa Suennen‘s podcasts, not only for their insights but for their sense of humour too. If you didn’t listen… well, you can catch up here. Soon after,, at a round table, I had the opportunity to meet in person Dr. Bob Wachter. Given that his book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was my travel companion, it was beyond wonderful.

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@DShaywitz & @Bob_Wachter before #healthcare innovation summit panel discussion #medx.

To continue with my embodied intellectual echoes, I had the pleasure to hear Jonathan Bush of athenahealth. Only a few days earlier, I have written my first LinkedIn post to large extent under his impression. Well, in reality, he is as vibrant as his public persona. He had a great impact on the audience – even in his absence, he continued to be referred to throughout the day: “As Jonathan Bush said…”. He is clearly at ease with running the “gale of creative destruction” (Schumpeter 1950) in healthcare.

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Expected @Jonathan_Bush speech #medx to be a blast… Literally, he brought some pics with blasts of his own #digitalhealth 🙂 great energy

And to my delight, the first panel brought together Dr. Bob Wachter and Jonathan Bush, moderated by David Shaywits. It was very interesting to watch wisdom and in-depth healthcare experience interact with the impetus of entrepreneurial drive in the digital age, under the masterful moderation of David Shaywits. There was significant agreement between them, which validated (yet again) for me that the perceived tension between digital and healthcare relies deeply in the sociopolitical context of healthcare (as I highlighted in many of my posts i.e. here, here…).

I get back for a moment to Dr. Bob Wachter‘s speech because of its measure, its love and pride for medicine. He invoked the subtle substances transmitted directly through the mentorship relationship in medical education. These substances are displaced by technology in part, but also by financial constraints which affect medical education too. I will add the powerful message below, which points this time to the emotional connections between doctor and patient, also at risk of displacement.

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@Bob_Wachter – “the only thing (the 7 yr old girl) got wrong was the doctor smiling” #MedX. He guarantees otherwise

Moving on… during the panel on “the battle for patient-generated
data interoperability”, my attention was captured by Deborah Kilpatrick, CEO of Evidation Health. She sees a new breed of Digital Health specialists rising. This points towards the high hybridity of this emerging field, which creates new business models, along with new practices, new standards, new professional roles to fit the shoes.

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Deborah Kilpatrick @evidation says there are no #digitalhealth specialists. Dance b/n data & clinical specialists: outcomes redefined #MedX

Dana Lewis (ePatient) brought a lot of energy – very impressive speech. I hope that she will be able to stir things along and bring to the market an artificial pancreas for outpatient care. I certainly hope that connecting her with Admetsys will get her closer to that. Looking forward to keep in touch.

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@danamlewis people don’t listen to patients or to doctors #digitalhealth #MedX

New business models do not pertain to the mainstream healthcare only, there are ample opportunities to innovate for the underserved. The panel on social innovation was brilliant, with the stir of Margaret Laws (Hope Lab), and the participation of Melissa Buckley (California Health Care Foundation), Vineet Singal (CareMessage) and Sha Zhu (Bridge Innovation Capital).

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Margaret Laws @HopeLab – can we have a #Medicaid 2.0? Can we help these agencies to let #digitalhealth enable #health? #MedX

And last, it was really nice to have a bite with Jennifer Kent (Medi-Cal), and chit chat, just before her speech. I can tell you she is lovely. She closed the day with an effort to educate on the nature of state insurer challenges related to population health, but also on the technical, budgetary and regulatory constraints. It was great to hear the insurer’s side of the story too.

I will end this post with one very relevant point made by Jonathan Bush: intra-operability. Meaning, there is much fuss about interoperability when most providers did not even achieve intra-operability.

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@Jonathan_Bush I believe considers build your #healthcare continuum before interoperate #digitalhealth #medx

Many thanks to Brandi for running so smoothly such a great day!
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