[Note: This schedule is preliminary and will change during the weeks leading up to the conference. A finalized schedule will be provided to all attendees upon arrival.]


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Program Overview Schedule

  • Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013
    • Suggested arrival for IDEO Design Challenge
  • Thursday, Sept 26, 2013
    • IDEO Design Challenge
  • Friday Sept 27, 2013
    • Patient neXt
  • Saturday Sept 28, 2013
    • Medicine X Core Conference – Day One
    • Sunset Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Sunday Sept 29, 2013
    • Medicine X Core Conference – Day Two
    • Closing Session
  • Wednesday Sept 25, 2013 

    • Suggested arrival day for IDEO Design Challenge Workshop

    Thursday Sept 26, 2013 

    • Suggested arrival day for guests planning on attending the Medicine X conference.
    • For residents of the Palo Alto Sheraton Hotel, on-site early registration begins. Official registration begins Friday at the LKSC.

    [Note: Registration for the IDEO Design Challenge Workshop is full.]

    IDEO Design Challenge Workshop (Please note: This event requires separate registration. Registration is full for this event.)

    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: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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

    Friday Sept 27, 2013 

    • Official Medicine X Conference Registration begins

    Patient neXtThe Evolving Role of Technology and Empowerment to Improve Outcomes

    7:00 AM – Breakfast/Coffee
    8:00 AM – Introduction – Larry Chu, MD, Executive Director of Medicine X
    8:05 AM – Opening Remarks Amir Dan Rubin, CEO of Stanford Hospital and Clinics
    8:10 AM – Keynote Address – Michael Seres and Marion O’Connor
    8:40 AM – Part 1: The new patient

    This session will examine the evolving definition of what it means to be a patient in 2013. We will look at the evolution of the patient relationship – patient-patient, patient-caregiver, and patient-doctor – and the role technology and empowerment can play to involve patients in their own care.

    • Speakers TBA
    • Panel Discussion, Moderator: Christopher Snider

    9:55 AM – Coffee Break (30 minutes)

    10:25 AM – Masterclass with Amir Dan Rubin

    10:25 AM – Part Two: The interconnected lives of patients and doctors

    Among the questions and topics being examined during this session are: What are the things patients are doing online that build social capital and connect them with others? How do patients connect with other patients online to form networks of micro-experts? How can doctors communicate and work together to advance the care of their patients? How can doctors and patients connect with each other online? What are the lessons that can be learned from success and failure?

    • Roni Zeiger, MD
    • Rajiv Mehta, Founder of Unfrazzle
    • Other Speakers TBA
    • Panel Discussion, Moderator TBA

    11:40 AM – Coffee Break (30 minutes)
    12:10 PM – Part 3: The self-tracking e-Patient

    Self-tracking involves the collection of any data that can be measured about one’s self over time. Focusing on the incorporation of technology into data acquisition, the session will present forecasts and stories from luminaries and those leading the self-tracking movement. This session is being co-organized and moderated by Ernesto Ramirez.

    • Ian Eslick, Doctoral Candidate, MIT Media Lab
    • Michael Seid, PhD, Co-PI, C3N Project
    • Sara Riggare
    • Other Speakers TBA
    • Panel Discussion – Moderator: Ernesto Ramirez

    1:25 PM – Lunch: Hands-on learning about self-tracking devices and applications.

    A perennial favorite at Medicine X, this lunchtime session is a chance for attendees to learn from technologists who are creating new tools for patients to be involved in their own healthcare through apps and self-tracking devices. Leading technology companies as well as new startups will be present to provide education about their tools and how they can be used by healthcare stakeholders to improve health. A selection of companies already confirmed include,

    • AdhereTechSmart pill bottles that improve outcomes and save money by increasing medication adherence. AdhereTech bottles measure the amount of remaining pills or liquid medicine in real-time, wirelessly sends the HIPAA-compliant data into the cloud, and reminds patients to take their medication via automated phone call or text message.
    • Misfit Wearables Elegant and resilient hardware, intuitive software to keep you on track. The Shine is a diminutive, wearable personal tracking device that syncs with the Shine application to help you monitor your progress towards achieving health goals.
    • CardiacDesignsHeart health insight anywhere your phone goes. The ECG Check is the only FDA-approved, over-the-counter iPhone heart monitor, a powerful and portable heart monitor that provides automated analysis and instant feedback.
    • BodyMediaOn-body monitoring systems that learn about your body to deliver personalized feedback. The BodyMedia FIT is an all-in-one calorie counter, activity tracking armband, and sleep monitoring system that makes losing weight easy.
    • Ginger.ioSelf-tracking applications for patients, data analysis for providers and healthcare researchers. Ginger.io is a behavioral analytics platform that turns mobile data into health insights.
    • Little Devices Lab, MITAddressing healthcare issues with creativity and innovative design. The Little Devices Lab explores the design, invention, and policy spaces for DIY health technologies around the world.
    • UnfrazzleUnfrazzle keeps track of your day-to-day caregiving tasks, and lets you share some or all of them. You decide which tasks to track, which to assign, and Unfrazzle does the rest.
    • FitbitAn integrated family of tools that transforms your health data into a personal portrait. Fitbit’s wireless trackers, smart scale, and mobile tools interact to show you the story behind the numbers.
    • MelonMaking the invisible activity of your brain visible and understandable. Melon is a headband which monitors your brain activity and tracks your focus during important tasks, allowing you to understand what helps you focus and how to focus better.
    • More demos will be announced as they are added.

    2:25 PM – Part 4: Involving patients in research: The PCORI story

    How can we jump-start research by involving patients in the process? How can investigators work with patients to achieve more robust science and improve health outcomes? What outcomes are important to patients? The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will help answers some of these questions in this session.

    • Bill Silberg, Director of Communications at PCORI
    • Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH
    • Samuel Gordon, Patient Partner
    • Panel Discussion, Moderator: Bill Silberg

    3:10 PM – Coffee Break (30 minutes)
    3:40 PM – Part 5: #Whatifhc Panel

    Based on the hashtag #Whatifhc proposed by Michael Seid of the C3N Project, and discussed on Susannah Fox’s blog, we will challenge the Medicine X audience to propose their own, “What if healthcare…” questions for a panel of healthcare thought leaders and innovators to discuss in partnership with our audience.

    • Michael Seid, PhD, Co-PI of C3N Project
    • Other Speakers TBA
    • Panel Discussion, Moderator TBA

    4:25 PM – Coffee Break (30 minutes)

    4:55 PM – Closing keynote address

    5:25 PM – Goodbye, Larry Chu, MD, MS, Conference Organizer

    Saturday Sept 28, 2013 

    Conference Events for Saturday Sept 28, 2013:

    • Stanford Medicine X – Day 2
    • 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
    8:10 AM – Opening Remarks, Lloyd Minor, MD, Dean of Stanford Medical School
    8:15 AM – Keynote Address, Jack Andraka, Winner of 2012 Gordon E. Moore Award
    8:45 AM – Coffee Break (20 minutes)

    9:05 AM – CORE THEME #1: Social Media Strategies in Healthcare

    • Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD
    • Dave deBronkart
    • Leah Millheiser, MD, Director of Female Sexual Medicine Program, Stanford
    • Panel Discussion – Moderator: Bryan Vartabedian
    [Parallel Session 9:05 AM] – Research Presentations

    • Andreas Ejupi – “A cloud-based system for predicting and preventing falls in older people”
    • James Colbert – “Engaging the physician community through an online interactive forum on the website of a general medical journal”
    • Felix Greaves – “Use of sentiment analysis for capturing patient experience from free-text comments posted online”
    • Trevor van Mierlo – “I’ll Txt U if I Have a Problem: How the Société Canadienne du Cancer Applied Behavior-Change Theory, Data Mining and Agile to Help Young Adults Quit Smoking”
    [Parallel Session 9:05 AM]Practice Presentations

    • Charilaos Lygidakis – “Patient-led Research: The experience from putting in practice a research tool for a Diabetics Association”
    • Ben Miller – “We need to flatten the healthcare hierarchy”
    • Gina Neff – “What We Talk About When We Talk About Data”
    • Peter Killoran – “Hacking for Luddites: Technology Design for Disorganized Clinical Environments”

    10:35 AM – Coffee Break
    11:05 AM – Regina Holliday, Artist-in-residence
    11:15 AM – ePatient Speakers

    11:35 AM – CORE THEME #2: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

    • Paul Tang, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    • Urmimala Sarkar, MD, University of California, San Francisco
    • Zsolt Nagykaldi, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    • Panel Discussion: Moderator: Teresa Zayas-Caban, PhD
    [Parallel Session 11:35 AM] – Workshop: “All together now: leveraging Participatory Design to create innovative and user-centered healthcare solutions”

    • Katie McCurdy, UX designer
    • Susan Dybbs, managing director of interaction design at Cooper
    [Parallel Session 11:35 AM]Panel Presentation – “Using Real-time Feedback Technology for Assessing Patient and Staff Satisfaction”

    • Rick Rasansky, CEO of Yorn
    • Lee Fleisher, MD
    • Sam Fager, MD
    [Parallel Session 11:35 AM]ePatient Presentations

    • Brian Quinn – “Driving Patient Empowerment With Innovation: A Case Study (or Two)”
    • Emily Kramer-Golinkoff – “An ePatient Manifest: Prescribing Participatory Medicine to Improve Health Care”
    • Thomas Workman – “Engaging Patient & Families Through Online Patient-Powered Research Networks”
    • Leana Wen, MD – “Back to the Basics: The Power of the Patient Narrative”

    1:05 PM – Lunch and Posters

    2:05 PM – Workshop: “Building Bridges between Patients, Clinicians and the technologies that support them”

    • Natasha Gajewski, Founder and Creative Director of Symple Health
    [Parallel Session 2:05] – Practice Presentations

    • Amanda Enayati – “The Virtual Doctor Is In”
    • Lisa Shieh – “Septris: Improving Sepsis Recognition and Management Through a Mobile Educational Game”
    • Kirsten Ostherr – “Is Digital Media Literacy the Hinge Technology for Linking eDoctors with ePatients in the 21st Century?”
    • Lisa Fields – “Twitter in the Learning Healthcare System: The tweetchat and professional development”
    [Parallel Session 2:05]  – Research Presentations

    • David van Sickle – “Building a municipal digital health program to improve self-management and public health of asthma”
    • Amy Birney – “MoodHacker: An mHealth strategy to support depression self-management”
    • Francisco Grajales – “Health-Related Data Sharing on Social Media: Attitudes of American Patients”
    • Sean Young – “Social networking technologies for global HIV prevention”
    [Parallel Session 2:05] – Panel Presentation – “Health Data in Context: How Smartphone-based Lifelogging Applications Can Unlock Value from Wearable Wireless Medical Devices”

    • Andy Hickl, CEO of A.R.O., Inc.
    • Christine Robins, CEO of BodyMedia
    • Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit Wearables

    3:35 PM – Coffee Break

    4:05 PM – ePatient Speakers

    4:20 PM – CORE THEME #3: Money panel – Funding Research, Funding Business

    • Teresa Zayas-Caban, Senior Manager of Health IT at AHRQ
    • Alex Fair, Co-Founder and CEO of MedStartr
    • Other Speakers TBA
    [Parallel Session 4:20 PMPanel Presentation – “Closing perception gaps between patients and their caregivers”

    [Parellel Session 4:20 PM]Physician Entrepreneur presentations – This panel is composed of successful physician entrepreneurs who will share their insight, give advice, and answer questions about physician entrepreneurship.

    • Dan Riskin, CEO of Health Fidelity
    • Other Speakers TBA
    [Parallel Session 4:20 PM] – Workshop: “Interactive Health Information Technology to Improve Communication and Coordination of the Hospital Discharge Process: Examples of translation to practice settings”

    • Anand Naik

    5:05 PM – Panel Presentation – “Participatory Medicine: A Catalyst in Reducing Medical Errors”

    5:50 PM – Welcome Cocktail Reception

    Sunday Sept 29, 2013 

    Conference Events for Sunday Sept 29, 2013:

    • Stanford Medicine X Conference – Day 3
    • Closing Session

    Medicine X Core Conference – Day 2

    7:45 AM – Continental Breakfast and Coffee

    8:45 AM – Introduction, Larry Chu, MD, MS
    8:55 AM – Sara Krug, Update from Society of Participatory Medicine
    9:10 AM – Denise Silber, Update from Europe
    9:25 AM – Louise Schaper, Update from Asia
    9:40 AM – Walk and Talk

    10:10 AM – ePatient speakers

    10:30 AM – Startup Presentations

    • AdhereTech – Winner, PILOT Health Tech NYC Competition
    • Hôpital Affinité – Winner, Doctors 2.- & You Startup Competition

    11:00 AM – CORE THEME #4: Organic Data

    • Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Chief of Systems Medicine at Stanford University
    • Jure Leskovec, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University
    • Gilles Frydman, Co-Founder and Chair, Smart Patients
    • Panel Discussion, Moderator TBA
    [Parallel Session 11:00 AM] – Oral Presentations

    • Adrienne Andrew – “Simplifying Mobile Phone Food Diaries with Food Indexes”
    • Alexander Borve – “Mobile teledermoscopy for faster and better prioritization of patients with suspected malignant skin tumours”
    • Olivia Bailey – “The Wizard Behind the Curtain: Programmers as Providers”
    • Catherine Rose – “Engaged, Equipped, Enabled, and Empowered by LOVE
    [Parallel Session 11:00 AM] – ePatient Presentations

    • Christopher Campbell – “How are Providers Dealing with the Increase of BYOD Within their Organizations?”
    • Vineet Singal – “Mobile Health for the Underserved”
    • Britt Johnson – “Goal Machine mobile application: Created by ePatients, for ePatients”
    • Katherine Arbanasin – “Past the Horses and to the Zebras: e-Patients, Technology and the Potential for Earlier Diagnoses of Rare Diseases”
    [Parallel Session 11:00 AM] – Panel Presentation: “Creating Patient-Physician Synergy With Social Media”

    • Deanna Attai, MD
    • Ann Becker-Schutte, PhD
    • Panel Discussion, Moderator: Liza Bernstein

    11:45 AM – Panel Presentation – “The Power of the Hashtag”

    • Alicia Staley, Co-Founder of #BCSM
    • Deanna Attai, MD, Co-Founder of #BCSM
    • Jody Schoger, Co-Founder of #BCSM
    • Panel Discussion, Moderator: Brian Reid

    12:30 PM – Lunch and Posters

    1:30 PM – CORE THEME #5: Design Thinking

    • Jason Albrecht – Anshutz Children’s Hospital Minnesota designer
    • Dennis Boyle, Partner and Founding Member, IDEO
    • Jorge Gomez-Marquez, Little Devices Lab, MIT
    • Amy Cueva, MadPow
    • Panel Discussion, Alexandra Drane
    [Parallel Session 1:30 PM]Panel Presentation – “Leveraging Patient Engagement and New Technologies for Healthcare Delivery Innovation: Methods and Examples from the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center”

    • Sarah Alder
    • Amy Tai
    • Other Speakers TBA
    [Parallel Session 1:30 PM] – Business Presentations

    • Jeff Schnack – “Healthcare Conversations in Japanese Social Media”
    • John Stivoric – “Beyond Body Monitoring: The Next Generation of Health Data Analysis”
    • Scott Finkelstein – “Can the Crowd Save Medical Research?”
    • Illya Kupriyanov
    [Parallel Session 1:30 PM]Workshop: Leadership and Influence: Enhancing Human Performance in Medicine”

    • Tim Autrey, CEO/Founder of Practicing Perfection Institute

    3:00 PM – Coffee Break

    3:30 PM – Closing Session

    • Curtain call, Dr. Larry Chu
    • IDEO Design Challenge, Presentation of Winning Team
    • Closing Keynote, Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures
    • Goodbye, Larry Chu, MD, MS

    4:45 PM Conference Ends


    Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by 1R13 HS21823-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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