4:55 - 5:20 pmWednesday, September 23
Plenary Hall
Moderated Panel Discussion
Plenary Hall
Moderated Panel Discussion
PhD, MPH, Professor of English, Rice University
Medicine X Executive Board Member
PhD, Chief Learning Officer & Co-Founder, ArcheMedX, Inc.
M.D., M.P.H., Penn State Hershey Internal Medicine
M.D., Scripps Health
Institute of Medical Education, Cardiff University

Kirsten Ostherr is a media scholar & design thinker who specializes in health and medical visualizations: historical, present and future. She is a Professor of English at Rice University and, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she has recently completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Her work is focused on bringing media theory and health communication into a more powerful and beneficial engagement. Dr. Ostherr is especially interested in using new media technologies to enhance patient-centered care. 

She is also the Director and co-founder of the Medical Futures Lab, a collaborative center dedicated to reimagining medicine at the intersection of humanity and technology. They’re busy inventing digital medical humanities, experimenting with collaborative participatory design projects, and training the next generation of digital doctors there.

Her most recent book, Medical Visions: Producing the Patient Through Film, Television, and Imaging Technologies, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2013. Medical Visions explores how audiovisual media – from x-rays to 16mm film to television and the Internet – have trained both physicians and patients to see and understand health and disease. The book covers the entire 20th century, and peeks into the 21st – it is historical and theoretical, and it is meant to provide a useful framework for current medical professionals, educators, communicators, start-ups, and students to learn from the past to make the future better.

Jamia Crockett became a patient guide for Novartis in 2012 to share her experiences as a patient living and managing Multiple Sclerosis. As a patient guide, she has completed over a dozen live speaking engagements, from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Becoming an ePatient was crucial; she is creating a medium to have meaningful interactions with patients, caregivers, and the general public.

She decided to post her journey and life lessons learned about living and managing MS from an empowered perspective. She started tweeting about her travels, using Facebook to update her friends about the work that she has been doing as well as using Linked In to help her bring awareness to MS. She has made wonderful connections with other people living with MS via Twitter and Facebook, and she frequently has conversations about potential treatments, diet, exercise and similar topics. She is currently working on her own website to increase awareness and track her MS journey.

She believes that the future of healthcare will be a virtual experience first and then become personal. As a presenter, she strongly advocates to patients that they need to be part of their own healthcare conversation. Her hope is that by attending Medicine X, she will be exposed to other like-minded individuals who are actively moving the needle forward in the utilization and value of patients as experts in their own healthcare. She hopes to make great connections with other like-minded individuals, as well as learn best practices and innovative ways to continue the dialogue with patients.

Dr Anne Marie Cunnningham is a GP in South Wales and academic lead for eLearning in the Institute of Medical Education in Cardiff University. In the past eight years she has been exploring the potential of social media and networks for her own professional development is a prolific tweeter and blogger. Her blog addresses many of the areas around privacy, identity and boundaries that social media usage raises for health professionals. She aims to approach new technologies with enthusiasm and curiosity, balanced with a healthy dose of scepticism, and above all, a commitment to share her learning.​

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