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We are working hard to make Stanford Medicine X the year’s can’t miss conference on emerging technology at the intersection of health and medicine! Please check back often as we update the conference schedule.

Please refer to our accomodations page for local hotels offering discounted rates for Medicine X guests. We also have a useful page of information for planning your travel arrangements.

Program Overview Schedule

Thursday Sept 27, 2012

Suggested arrival day for guests planning on attending any of the sessions below:

Pre-Conference Events for Thursday Sept 27, 2012

  • [modal id=”3033″ style=plain color=default size=default]Silicon Valley Tour[/modal]

Friday Sept 28, 2012

Suggested arrival day for guests planning on attending the Medicine X conference.

Pre-Conference Events for Friday Sept 28, 2012:

Self-tracking Symposium

7:00 AM – Breakfast/Coffee
8:00 AM – Welcoming remarks – Larry Chu, MD, Executive Director Medicine X
8:05 AM – Opening keynote address – What is the Future of Self-Tracking? Susannah Fox, Pew Internet & American Life Project

Susannah Fox studies the cultural shifts taking place at the intersection of technology and health care. Her research has documented the social life of health information, the concept of peer-to-peer healthcare, and the role of the internet amongpeople living with chronic disease. The best summary of Fox’s research can be found in this video of her speech, The Power of Mobile, or this at-a-glance guide. Fox contributes to a health care blog,, and you can follow her on Twitter:@SusannahFox. Susannah Fox will discuss the Project’s latest survey results and what the future might hold.

8:35 AM – Part 1: Meet the health self-trackers. Why do they self-track?

These speakers first engaged in the process of self-tracking because chronic health issues were interfering with their quality of life.  They sought medical care and then gradually realized that a deeper understanding of their own body was necessary to more completely address their illness and the potential for a cure.  It is that journey—what life was like before, how they realized they needed to be more engaged in “debugging” their own health situation, what they experienced through the process of self-tracking, and what life is like now, that will be captured by these speakers.

  • Bo Adler, Software Engineer, Facebook
  • Thomas Christiansen, Co-Founder, Mymee
  • Allan Bailey, Engineer, Fitbit
  • Katie McCurdy, User Experience Designer
  • Panel Discussion – Moderator Paul Abramson, MD

9:50 AM – Break
10:20 AM – Part 2: How do we spread opportunities for personal health self-tracking?

Self-tracking provides opportunities to collect health information and share that information with others with the aim to gain insights into personal health issues. What are the challenges facing self-tracking of personal health information? How can patients best work with their entire health care team to incorporate self-tracking into their care? How do we spread opportunities for personal health self-tracking beyond niche communities?

Sean AhrensAnne Wright

  • Sean Ahrens, Founder, Crohnology
  • Anne Wright, Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Operations for the BodyTrack project
  • Paul Abramson, MD, Private Practice Physician, Quantified Doctor
  • Panel Discussion – Moderator: Estee Solomon Gray

11:35 AM – Break
11:55 AM – Part 3: How can groups self-track together? Leveraging the power of groups.

What happens when groups of patients self-track their health information together? How can we use the synergies of groups of patients to gain insights about health and disease that can be generalizable to larger populations? What are the technological barriers that limit self-tracking in groups? How can group self-tracking data be analyzed, visualized, and generalized?

Michael SeidIda SimKathy Kim

  • Ian Eslick, Doctoral Candidate, MIT Media Lab
  • Michael Seid, PhD, Co-PI, C3N Project
  • Ida Sim, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF and Co-Founder, Open mHealth
  • Panel Discussion – Moderator: Kathy Kim

1:10 PM – Lunch: Hands-on learning about self-tracking devices and applications.

  • Please join us for a show-and-tell session where you will have a chance to get hands-on experience with many different self-tracking devices and applications.
  • Enjoy lunch while you learn about new self-tracking technologies.
  • Educational demonstrations from:
    • AgaMatrix iBGStar – the first available blood glucose meter that seamlessly connects to the Apple iPhone and iPod touch for the flexibility to manage diabetes whenever, wherever.
    • Asthmapolis – wth the Asthmapolis Mobile Application, you can map and track asthma symptoms, triggers, and use of rescue and controller medications, and other important events from your Android, iPhone, or Bluetooth-compatible non-smart phone.
    • Beam Toothbrush – The world’s first smart toothbrush, a manual brush that monitors your oral hygiene habits and reports them to a smartphone app.
    • BodyMedia – An all in one calorie counter, activity tracking Armband, & sleep monitoring system that makes losing weight easy.
    • BodyTrack – Open source tools to capture and explore data on activities, environmental and food inputs, and health status over time.
    • – A behavioral analytics platform that turns mobile data into health insights.
    • Lumoback – A posture sensor and mobile app. The sensor provides a gentle vibration when you slouch to remind you to sit or stand straight.
    • Personal Experiments – Helping individuals discover effective ways to improve their health and wellbeing through personal experiments.
    • More demos will be announced as they are added.

2:05 PM – Part 4: Devices and applications for self-tracking. What is the current state of technology? What are the opportunities for innovation?

In recent years we have seen an explosion in consumer-facing health self-tracking devices and applications. What are the leading companies working on in 2012? What are they excited about and what do they see for the future of the industry?

  • Jef Holove, CEO Basis
  • Christine Robins, CEO BodyMedia
  • Sridhar Iyengar PhD, CTO, AgaMatrix
  • David van Sickle PhD, CEO, Asthmapolis
  • Panel Discussion – Moderator: Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics, director of the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) lab and head of the Robotics Masters Program in The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

2:50 PM – Break
3:20 PM – Part 5: Self-trackers on Self-tracking: Ignite Talks

Learn how individuals are self-tracking. We will follow the Quantified Self three prime questions structure: 1. What did you do? 2. How did you do it? 3. What did you learn? The presentations will follow an Ignite Plus format (20 slides automatically advance over 7.5 minutes with a question and answer session).

  • Katie McCurdy, User Experience Designer
  • Moderator: Ernesto Ramirez

4:50 PM – Break

5:00 PM – Closing keynote address – Ernesto Ramirez, Doctoral Candidate and Community Organizer, Quantified Self

Ernesto Ramirez is currently a PhD candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program (Health Behavior) at San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego. He is currently working at the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems (CWPHS). He focuses on how to use existing and new technologies to create persuasive systems that positively impact health behaviors. He is also the community organizer for Quantified Self, a global collaboration among users and makers of self-tracking tools

IDEO Design Challenge Workshop (Please note: This event requires separate registration)

The Opportunity
A “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to participate in a small group workshop to learn the IDEO design process from IDEO designers at the IDEO world headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The workshop will follow a patient-centered design approach.

Overall Goal

The goal of the Stanford Medicine X IDEO Design Challenge is to bring all stakeholders in improving health—researchers, technologists, healthcare providers, patients, and caretakers—closer to the design process in a space where they can share perspectives and work, interact, and collaborate together. IDEO designers will facilitate the workshop in partnership with faculty from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

The goal of this process is not to generate a finished product per se; rather, it is to engage stakeholders in a design setting to solve a patient-centered health problem as a unified team, and to share their design and experience with attendees at Medicine X. It is meant to inspire collaboration and spark creativity among a diversity of thinkers, both Challenge participants and Medicine X audience members. We believe this to be at the core of what Medicine X seeks to achieve.

We are proud to collaborate with IDEO to offer this incredibly unique opportunity to our attendees.


Date of Workshop: Friday, September 28, 2012
Location: IDEO World Headquarters, 100 Forrest Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks Included

The Stanford Medicine X IDEO Design Challenge is a day-long workshop where attendees have the opportunity to work in small groups on patient-centered design projects with the goal of learning and implementing principles of design thinking.

Prior to registration, epatients will have the opportunity to apply for five available Design Track scholarship opportunities. We will select five epatients with experience in managing a chronic disease and who use technology to help facilitate their own care. Each scholarship winner will become the focus of one of five teams engaged in the IDEO challenge, and each representing a different problem statement based on their chronic illness and application.

Conference attendees will then have the opportunity to enroll in one of the five workshop teams of their choice on a first-come first-serve basis beginning at the start of registration. A panel of judges will select a winner from the five teams based on creativity and specified selection criteria at the end of the workshop day. The winning team will have the opportunity to present its creative process, including problem statement and solution, to the audience at Stanford Medicine X.

Tentative Schedule
Arrive at 100 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto: Breakfast and Coffee
9:00 Welcome, Overview of the day, Introductions and Homework Discussion.
9:30 Tour of IDEO Palo Alto studios
10:30 Overview of Design Thinking process
11:00 Team assignments, assignment and discussion of team projects and individual team formation
11:30 Individual teams break out with IDEO facilitators.
12:00 Working lunch in teams
12:30 Understand and Observation in-context session
2:00 Downloading and Synthesis session
3:00 Brainstorming & Conceptualizing, Prototyping & Testing session
4:00 Prepare design team project presentations
5:00 Individual design teams present to overall group
6:30 Wrap-up of the day and wine & cheese reception

Saturday Sept 29, 2012

Conference Events for Saturday Sept 29, 2012:

  • Stanford Medicine X Core Conference – Day 1
  • Sunset Cocktail Reception – Stanford Dean’s Lawn

Stanford Medicine X Core Conference – Day 1

7:00 AM – Continental Breakfast and Coffee
8:00 AM – Introduction, Larry Chu, MD, MS Conference Organizer
8:15 AM – Opening Remarks, Phillip Pizzo, MD, Dean of Stanford Medical School
8:30 AM – Keynote Address, Michael Graves, Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Princeton

Michael Graves
is the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture (Emeritus) at Princeton University, Graves, 77, has been at the forefront of design for over 50 years. Paralyzed from the chest down due to a central nervous system infection in 2003, Graves has since used his design acumen to reshape the hospital experience by leading a functional and aesthetic transformation of hospital furnishings and equipment.

9:15 AM – Coffee Break
9:45 AM – CORE THEME #1: Emerging Technologies and the Future

Anne WojcickiNate GrossGeoff RutledgeDenise Sliber

  • Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder 23andme
  • Nate Gross, Co-founder Rock Health
  • Geoff Rutledge, Chief Medical Information Officer, HealthTap
  • Moderator: Denise Silber, Basil Strategies

Scientific Parallel Sessions

11:15 AM – Lunch, Posters and Demo-Interactive Sessions
12:15 PM – ePatient Speakers
12:30PM – CORE THEME #2: The Networked Patient

Roni ZeigerMichael SeidBrian Loew

  • Roni Zeiger, C0-founder and CEO, Impatient Science
  • Michael Seid, Principal Investigator, C3N Project
  • Brian Loew, CEO, Inspire
  • Moderator: Amy Tenderich, Diabetesmine

1:30 PM – Coffee Break and Demo-Interactive Sessions
1:45 PM – CORE THEME #3: mHealth and Gamification

  • Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables
  • David Van Sickle, Asthmapolis
  • Rhiju Das, PhD, EteRNA
  • Moderator: Ben Zotto, Head of Penultimate Products, Evernote

Scientific Parallel Sessions

3:15 PM – Coffee Break and Demo Interactive Sessions
3:45 PM – ePatient Speakers
4:00 PM – CORE THEME #4 : Design Thinking

  • Dennis Boyle, Founding Member, Leader of Health and Wellness Practice, IDEO
  • Aza Raskin, Founder, Massive Health
  • Kim Petty, Senior Director of Experience Design, Experia Health
  • Moderator: Christi Dining Zuber, Director, Innovation Consultancy, Kaiser Permanente

5:30 PM – Sunset Welcome Cocktail Reception, Stanford Dean’s Lawn

Sunday Sept 30, 2012

Conference Events for Sunday Sept 30, 2012:

  • Stanford Medicine X Core Conference – Day 2
  • Closing Session

Medicine X Core Conference – Day 2

7:00 AM – Continental Breakfast and Coffee
8:00 AM – Introduction, Larry Chu, MD, MS
8:03 AM – Opening Remarks, Amir Dan Rubin, CEO Stanford Hospitals and Clinics
8:15 AM – Keynote, Esther Dyson, CEO of EDventure Holdings

Esther Dyson
is the CEO of EDventure Holdings. A long-time backer of IT start-ups in the US and other markets, Ms. Dyson has more recently taken on new challenges in health as well as private aviation and “new” space. She is a director of 23andMe and number 3 of the Personal Genome Project subjects. She is also an investor in Genomera, GreenGoose, Habit Labs, HealthTap, Health Rally, Keas and Voxiva, among others.

9:00 AM – Coffee Break and Demo Interactive Sessions
9:15 AM – eHealth Update from Europe
Denise Sliber

  • Denise Silber, Basil Strategies

9:30 AM – eHealth Update from Asia



  • Louise Schaper, CEO, Health Informatics Society of Australia

9:40 AM – CORE THEME #5: The New Scientist

  • Peter Binfield, Co-founder and CEO, PeerJ
  • Atul Butte, Division Chief, Division of Systems Medicine, Stanford University
  • Sean Bonner, Director of Global Operations, SafeCast
  • Moderator: Bruce Goldman, MS, Science Writer, Stanford University

Scientific Parallel Sessions

11:10 AM – Lunch, Posters and Demo Interactive Sessions
12:10 PM – ePatient Speakers
12:25 PM – CORE THEME #6: The Curators

  • Wendy Sue Swanson, Blogger, Seattle Mama Doc Blog, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Burt Herman, Co-founder, Storify
  • Bryan Vartabedian, Blogger, 33 Charts
  • Moderator: Alan Greene, Founder of Dr. Greene

1:55 PM – Coffee Break and Demo Interactive Sessions
2:25 PM – ePatient Speakers
2:40 PM – Curtain Call
2:55 PM – IDEO Design Challenge Presentation
3:25 PM – Presentation of Awards
3:35 PM – Closing Remarks, Larry Chu, MD, MS

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