2:50 - 3:10 pmSaturday, September 17
LK 102
The opportunities and challenges of connecting 1 million health care professionals around the world
LK 102
The opportunities and challenges of connecting 1 million health care professionals around the world
Deep in the Peruvian rainforest, a single physician looks after a farming settlement just shy of two thousand people. There are no other healthcare professionals around; hospitals are expensive and far.... Read more

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Deep in the Peruvian rainforest, a single physician looks after a farming settlement just shy of two thousand people. There are no other healthcare professionals around; hospitals are expensive and far. But he is not alone. By using Figure 1, a secure digital platform for discussing and sharing medical cases, this physician is able to consult colleagues and specialists around the world.

With more than 1 million users, WIRED magazine calls Figure 1 “the central nervous system of global health.” The platform is connecting healthcare professionals around the world, allowing them to share their clinical knowledge on a global scale – and helping save lives. Example: A 22-hour-old infant in Haiti presents with pustules over the scalp and shoulder. The registered nurse overseeing the infant’s care has no access to laboratory testing and is concerned about the safety of 12 other infants sharing the same room. She shares the case on Figure 1, asking for help. Suggestions come within minutes and don’t stop for days. In the end, 16,000 healthcare professionals sprang into action to help attend to one sick child. Paging cases such as this, where Figure 1 users can upload a case and “page” relevant specialists for feedback, are typically responded to within three hours by a verified specialist. This is faster than many hospitals.

Healthcare professionals from almost every specialty connect on Figure 1 to help assess challenging cases, learn from differences in practice, and marvel at medicine in its many idiosyncratic forms. The platform reports more than 50,000 active users daily. While many users have helped improve outcomes for global cases, advancements are also being made on a local scale. American hospitals with large-scale clinical practices are using Figure 1 to share their expertise by virtually walking through interesting cases. What was typically restricted to one cohort of residents (and perhaps a few top-of-mind colleagues) is now easily shared.

As the Figure 1 community continues to grow and begins localizing in other markets, its co-founders are making constant adjustments to their strategy to sustain the quality of the clinical knowledge made available on the platform. This presentation will be led by Figure 1 co-founder, Dr. Joshua Landy. He will discuss how network effects apply to global medicine, the barriers to innovation and how to work around them, and what the future holds for connected healthcare.

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