2:30 - 2:50 pmSunday, September 18
Plenary Hall
Saving our children: how to reverse the autoimmune disease epidemic
Plenary Hall
Saving our children: how to reverse the autoimmune disease epidemic
Dr. Bonnie 360
The recent renewal of the War on Cancer reminds us that 45 years ago, cancer was in a similar place as autoimmune disease is today. There are some 100 autoimmune diseases, scattered across multiple medical... Read more

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The recent renewal of the War on Cancer reminds us that 45 years ago, cancer was in a similar place as autoimmune disease is today. There are some 100 autoimmune diseases, scattered across multiple medical specialties, which obscures this hidden epidemic. In total, autoimmune disease affects 16% of the US population – more than cancer and cardiovascular disease combined – and is one of the fastest growing categories of chronic disease, especially for women and children.

As with cancer, autoimmune disease needs a unified front to marshal resources, focus research and develop better diagnostics and drugs. By not aggregating autoimmune diseases, we are missing an opportunity to target a major cause of suffering worldwide. This session aims to increase awareness of the incidence and prevalence of autoimmune disease, as well as the continued challenges of diagnosis and treatment.

Autoimmune diseases can take years to diagnose and, despite the advent of biologicals, are still very tough to treat. Many patients, unhappy with conventional medicine, are building Web-based communities that have unleashed a self-care movement: diet, exercise, meditation, and alternative modalities. These empowered patients seek community and advocacy as well as better care and communication, calling for multidisciplinary collaboration across conventional and complementary medicine.

With a growing mountain of patient data and new analytic tools enabling research in microbiomics, immunology, genetics, and human performance (including exercise physiology), we are becoming better equipped to find root causes, speed diagnoses, personalize treatment, and learn how to prevent autoimmune diseases. At the same time, advances in digital communications (remote monitoring, mobile, telepresence) can improve care coordination and connect patients with multiple specialists and complementary practitioners.

The time is now to build bridges using research, digital tools, conventional and complementary medicine to tackle the autoimmune epidemic. Nutrition, exercise, and movement therapy are the low-hanging fruit for such collaborations. We need to create a learning community that can find ways to minimize flares, improve quality of life, and ultimately prevent disease in patients and their children.

This talk will build upon the findings of our Stanford MedX 2015 autoimmune patient workshop, along with new research (to be published in a white paper) to brainstorm how we can work together using these new concepts and digital tools to reshape diagnosis, treatment, and prevention for autoimmune patients now and for generations to follow.

As principal of DrBonnie360, Bonnie Feldman brings a 360-degree view of private and public healthcare to her consulting work, which includes business development, market research and communications in newly emerging markets.

Bonnie has earned a broad and deep understanding of the players and the playing field in Health 2.0/3.0, life science capital markets, and healthcare practice.

Most recently, for “Big Data in Healthcare- Hype and Hope” she interviewed more than 40 Big Data experts, identifying three trends in the use of Big Data forming the emerging healthcare data ecosystem. A slide show and white paper published by Rock Health, has been enjoyed by more than 75,000 global professionals. Subsequent work has been enjoyed by the O’Reilly StrataRx community.

Previously, she interviewed 50 experts in behavioral economics and psychology, gaming, new media, technology and healthcare, to write “Mobile, Social and Fun: Games for Health,” published by MobiHealthNews. Her research unveiled an emerging ecosystem of companies using gaming mechanics and online support to spur patient engagement – from managing chronic disease to encouraging health and wellness.

On the analytic side, after working as a health services researcher at the Rand Corporation, she worked on Wall Street as both a buy-side and sell-side equity research analyst, where she followed changing markets and rapidly evolving companies across the spectrum of healthcare. Tackling the problem of ineffective investor presentations, she developed a methodology that uses bottom-up-analytics, supported by visual storytelling to create presentations that excite and engage audiences.

In practice, as the builder and owner of two dental practices, she managed finances, business development, staffing, operations and patient care as well as performing claims review consulting for Prudential.

She holds a BA in Economics, a Doctor of Dental Surgery, and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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