Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google, Stanford Medicine X 2012 attendee speaking with our Medicine X Global Access host, Kristina Krohn, MD

Medicine X brings together the most innovative and engaging minds in academia and industry to exchange bold new ideas about the future of medicine and the role technology will play in improving health. The conference attracts public health officials, venture capitalists, health-care practitioners, researchers, technologists, patients, design experts, and business leaders. Stanford Medicine X 2012 drew nearly 500 attendees from 30 countries.

In 2012 Stanford Medicine X attracted some of the biggest names in healthcare IT and as a result, significant media attention. Some of the highlighted media in attendance were: CNN Health, Forbes.com, The Economist, Elsevier Japan, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Med Gadget, Popular Science, Bloomberg News, and TechCrunch among others.

Impressions from our 2012 conference. The data below are from open-ended survey responses from Medicine X conference attendees

Dennis Boyle, founding partner of IDEO, health and wellness practice, speaks at Medicine X in 2012.

PARTICIPATE IN THE MEDICINE X EXPERIENCE

  • Really loved the conference! The food was great, the main room was great!  I loved the Wellness Room.  Felt really taken care of — Conference-attendee-centered care.  Especially loved little Zoë!  The IDEO Workshop was, personally, my absolute favorite thing. Loved getting to work with other attendees before the main conference — there was a sense of community and I loved already knowing people going in.”
  • It was a fantastic conference.  So well run.  Such attention to detail.  I felt really well cared for. It was clear you and your team wanted everyone there to feel special and to be excited.”
  • “I love, and appreciate my time here. I will be forever blessed by the many friendships, and patient stories I got the opportunity to hear… and the caring medical professionals invested in this.
  • Med X sets a high bar from a content and user experience perspective.  The attention to detail is outstanding. The networking opportunities are excellent. The level of patient involvement was outstanding, novel and laudable.  On balance, this is one of my favorite conferences of the year, hands down. My hat is off to Larry and the whole MedX crew.”
  • I get tremendous value out of this conference.  I not only plan to attend next year, but encourage more of my colleagues to do so as well.”

Learning about new health technologies at the Self-tracking device lunch at Medicine X 2012

LEARN ABOUT NEW HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

Attendees frequently mentioned insight into new technologies, products, and apps that were discussed in regards to healthcare IT. Many attendees told us that this conference gave to them a new understanding of the various applications of new innovations because they saw them at Stanford Medicine X. Some of the applications and products featured at Stanford Medicine X 2012 included: AgaMatrix iBGStar, Asthmapolis, BodyMedia, BodyTrack, Ginger.io, Lumoback, Vital Clip, FluxStream, FitBit, Mymee, Open mHealth.

  • New ideas on how to use emerging technologies to improve healthcare.”
  • “Will be watching several of the products that were presented here to see how they fare in the coming years.”
  • “Emerging technologies; inspiration for new development within our work and our research.
  • Wonderful inspiring examples of great companies and people.”
  • “Integrating technology with care.”

Participants at the Stanford Medicine X | IDEO design challenge learn the IDEO process of design innovation.

GAIN NEW IDEAS AND CONTACTS

Nearly every survey completing attendee who provided open-ended responses said that new ideas and new contacts were a primary ‘take-away’ from the conference. The words network and contacts were very frequently used in responses.

  • New ideas, new contacts and stronger ties with people I have met before, new thoughts.”
  • “Oh my goodness – the smartest brainiest people on earth were at MedX!”
  • “New ideas and contacts for current and future research.”
  • “New ideas, contacts, inspiration and a sense of belonging plus renewed passion for and desire to find opportunities to collaborate.”
  • Co-mingling of doctors, patients, technologists, entrepreneurs, venture capital.
  • “The ideas, the articulation of the problems, possible solutions.”
  • “I was not that familiar with self-tracking and thought that the presentations were terrific.”
  • ‘The opportunity to meet and make contacts with others who attended and the balance of ePatient and other speakers, who themselves often relayed how their experiences as patients or caregivers influenced them.”

Susannah Fox presents new data from the Pew Internet & American Life project at Medicine X 2012

EXPERIENCE HIGH QUALITY PRESENTATIONS

  • “Really enjoyed the Core Theme days.  All of the sessions in the main room were great.”
  • “I liked the fact that this was on the cutting edge.”
  • “Great multidisciplinary discussions – design, data, developing with patients – keep a patient/mission focus.”
  • “23andme was great. There were just some inspirational and transformational speakers and topics. Very eye-opening.”
  • “Loved grouping together speakers based on core theme.”
  • “The most valuable aspect was learning what other organizations and researchers are doing in the eHealth and mHealth space. Hearing about research findings, new tools and resources, and putting theory into practice.”
  • “Very good presentations. Well organized with tight and well enforced schedule. Very well organized. Very positive with the strong involvements and focus on e-patients.”

The incomparable Regina Holliday speaking on the empowered patient at Medicine X 2012

GAIN THE EPATIENT PERSPECTIVE

  • “ePatient presentations were great.”
  • Hearing real stories.
  • “The self-tracking panel on Friday was the one I connected to the most, as an ePatient.”
  • I love the Ignite sessions – the patients stories are so powerful, love it.
  • “Patient stories were a great element”
  • “I liked the e-Patient spotlights and integration into the conference.”
  • “The patient stories were compelling and useful across the broad diversity of the audience”
  • “Loved the panel discussions, the e-patients, the stories.”

Stanford Medicine X facts & figures from our 2012 conference

  • The total number of countries represented were 23 including: The United States of America, The Netherlands, Estonia, Canada, Columbia, France, The United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, The Russian Federation, Brazil, The Czech Republic, New Zealand, Sweden, German, India, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Switzerland, and South Korea.
  • 58% male and 42% female
  • Over three days, social media reach of 1,100,000 on Twitter and 24,000,000 social media impressions
  • 84% of survey completing attendees reported that they, ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed with the following statement following their attendance at the 2012 Stanford Medicine X conference: “I believe that medical conferences should have parity in patient representation”.
  • 97% of survey completing attendees reported that they, ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ with the following statement following their attendance at the 2012 Stanford Medicine X conference: “I can identify specific emerging technologies in the field of health care that I can apply to personal life or professional practice”.
  • 95% of survey completing attendees reported that they, ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ with the following statement following their attendance at the 2012 Stanford Medicine X conference: “I know how emerging technology can be used improve healthcare”.
 

“Really loved the conference! The food was great, the main room was great! I loved the Wellness Room. Felt really taken care of — Conference-attendee-centered care. Especially loved little Zoë! The IDEO Workshop was, personally, my absolute favorite thing. Loved getting to work with other attendees before the main conference — there was a sense of community and I loved already knowing people going in.”

“It was a fantastic conference. So well run. Such attention to detail. I felt really well cared for. It was clear you and your team wanted everyone there to feel special and to be excited.”

“I love, and appreciate my time here. I will be forever blessed by the many friendships, and patient stories I got the opportunity to hear… and the caring medical professionals invested in this.”

“Thanks so much for everything you’ve done on this historic occasion. It was an honor to be selected as an e-Patient Scholar at MedX.”

“Med X sets a high bar from a content and user experience perspective. The attention to detail is outstanding. The networking opportunities are excellent. The level of patient involvement was outstanding, novel and laudable. I think some of the tech demos interesting but difficult to absorb in the hallway venue. I’d encourage you to create a space that is more conducive to presentations. The IDEO integration was very exciting but I’d try to open it up to more people if at all possible. On balance, this is one of my favorite conferences of the year, hands down. My hat is off to Larry and the whole MedX crew.”

“I get tremendous value out of this conference. I not only plan to attend next year, but encourage more of my colleagues to do so as well.”