2:15 - 3:00 pmSunday, September 18
LK 101
Integrative medicine in the US: a panel discussion regarding the current role of integrative medicine in treating chronic conditions
LK 101
Integrative medicine in the US: a panel discussion regarding the current role of integrative medicine in treating chronic conditions
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Executive Director of Patient Engagement, Emmi Solutions
The current role of integrative medicine in treating chronic conditions will be discussed among a panel of 5 individuals with varied medical and patient backgrounds. The panel will consist of primary author... Read more

Description

The current role of integrative medicine in treating chronic conditions will be discussed among a panel of 5 individuals with varied medical and patient backgrounds. The panel will consist of primary author Sangeeta Agarawal, a former oncology nurse and current digital health entrepreneur with an integrative medicine background, Geri Lynn Baumblatt, Executive Director of Patient Engagement at Emmi, Gabriel Lopez, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson, David Spiegel, Director of Integrative Medicine at Stanford, and Jeffrey White, Director of OCCAM at the NCI.

The topics discussed will include a general breakdown of the landscape of integrative medicine in the US and a description of some typical integrative medicine treatment modalities. In addition, how patients find integrative medicine solutions, how these solutions are used, the role of alternative medicine practitioners and their perspectives, and the motivating factors behind western medicine providers who are embracing integrative medicine will be discussed. The panel will wrap up with the research being conducted in integrative medicine, the changes in reimbursement models, and the future role of integrative medicine. The main focus of the panel is to educate about the field of integrative medicine and how patients can make educated decisions about their care.

Geri Lynn Baumblatt, M.A., is the Editorial Director at Emmi Solutions. Geri has worked in education since 1993 as an instructor at the University of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Talent Search. She quickly began working in online health content and interactive medical education at companies like DigitalMed.

For the past 12 years Geri has been working with a team of writers, medical animators, decision scientists, behavior change experts, patients, and clinicians to create a large library of multimedia patient engagement, shared decision making, and behavior change programs that connect with patients, reduce anxiety, and help patients and families understand and engage in their care. Emmi programs have won a number awards such as Freddie Awards, the IHA Health Literacy Award, the Frank Netter Award, ClearMark Plain Language Awards, and the 4th Annual Leonard G. Doak Health Literacy Innovator Award.

Geri is on the board of the Journal of Patient Experience, a contributor to the Association for Patient Experience, and hosts an annual Health Literacy Month blog series on Engaging the Patient. She regularly participates in health literacy and shared decision making conferences and panels for organizations like AHRQ, the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, the Society for Medical Decision Making, Health Literacy Missouri, the Health Sector Advisory Council and the Collaborative on Healthcare for Aging Populations and Advanced Illness at the Duke Fuqua School of Business, and the Center for Plain Language.

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