Stanford Medicine X Proceedings

September 28-30, 2012

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About Medicine X


Larry Chu, MD, MS, Conference Director

Stanford Medicine X invited authors to submit their work to the conference, taking place at Stanford University September 28-30, 2012. Below are the approved abstracts that presented at the Stanford Medicine X 2012 Conference. They are varied and include business, practice, and research tracks, using both oral and poster presentation formats.

A selection of submissions will be eligible for publication in the conference’s partner journals, PLoS ONE and the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).

Stanford Medicine X is uniquely situated between the intersection of health and technology, at a time when both fields are experiencing rapid growth. We hope to capture the energy surrounding these two fields and channel it into a body of scholarship devoted to examining the potential of technology to improve patient-centric healthcare.

Fostering innovation in healthcare technology is only possible through collaboration between forward-thinking academics and researchers. Authors from around the world come to Medicine X to present on a variety of topics relating to technology and healthcare. Many of them seek to establish new ways of thinking about patient-centric care, exploring the opportunities technology offers to empower patients in their own healthcare. The abstracts below are a reflection of the high caliber of scholarship available at Medicine X, and I am proud of the opportunity to feature these scholars’ work.

About Medicine X

Zoë Chu, Conference Mascot

Medicine X is a 3-day conference that serves as catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care.

Where other technology conferences may focus on consumer trends or business-to-business needs, Medicine X brings an academic approach to understanding emerging technologies with the potential to improve health and advance the practice of medicine. Drawing on the best traditions of Stanford—an incubator of Silicon Valley—the conference aims to ignite interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration while encouraging a rigorous, quantitatively driven approach to understanding emerging technologies.


Demo Interactive Presentations

Business Track

  • A collaborative family health history
  • Despite widespread agreement on the clinical utility of family medical histories, there exists no easy-to-use tool for collecting them from, and distributing them to, family members. The 23andMe family tree can be the nerve center of a patient’s health: a network of family disease, genetic, and phenotypic information rolled into a sensible report for doctors and patients alike.
    Ashwin Purohit

Research Track

Oral Presentations

Business Track

  • The Personas of Well-being
  • MeYou Health, a healthcare start-up, was founded to engage, educate and empower people to pursue healthy lifestyles. Working with our client, we saw an opportunity to engage people’s social networks to promote well-being concepts and sustained healthy living through game design.
    Bill Hartman

  • Human Practice
  • By leveraging and augmenting existing social networks, Human Practice enables physicians and, for the first time, the general public to reach out far more effectively to find the right healthcare professionals.
    Moses Hohman, PhD

Practice Track

  • The Medical Futures Lab: Digital Knowledge Design for Medical Education
  • The millennial generation entering medical school today has grown up blending face-to-face communication with digital interfaces, finding and creating knowledge on Wikipedia, and playing collaborative games online. Medical education must build on these students’ skills by integrating their intuitive digital capabilities with critical, ethical understanding and immersive, “experiment-and-improve” learning.
    Kirsten Ostherr

Research Track

  • Are Doctor Reviews Too Scarce to Be Valuable?
  • Understanding in more detail the nature of and underlying reasons for the scarcity of doctor reviews is important, both to confirm the trend more thoroughly and because a deeper understanding could aid the design of better tools that provide more value to patients and physicians.
    Sehjin Han, MD

Panel Discussions

Poster Presentations

Business Track

  • Enterprise Tools for Patient Centered Care
  • To date, patient-centered care has been a noble cause in search of actionable tools. The current challenge is how to deliver patient-centered care on an enterprise scale using a well-defined formula, coupled with effective tools. Our research has established four universal needs of every patient, which we call “Select”, “Connect”, “Inform”, and “Engage”.
    Bob Bartlett, MD

Practice Track

  • An Excel-based e-Staging Tool for Tumors
  • This tumor e-Staging tool has been rendered on Excel webpage (.mht) format. The first page of the tool will give the physician the option to select the particular tumor whose Staging is under consideration. Once on that tumor page, the physician will be asked to select successively the appropriate T, N and M status of that tumor. It will take the physician seamlessly through the three steps. The final page will give the Clinical Stage of that tumor in the patient.
    Sanjoy Sanyal

Research Track

  • I ate too much! Overeating, Abdominal Pain, and Tweeting to Tell About It
  • The goal of this study to use tweets to analyze the phenomenon of overindulgence to the point of pain during the holidays. Specifically we have aimed to analyze whether there is increased postprandial abdominal pain during the holidays as opposed non-holidays, and to determine whether abdominal pain secondary to overeating occurs more frequently on the actual holiday or the day after.
    Heather Logghe

Workshop Presentations

  • LIVE ARCHITECTURE: body-fed design
  • If ‘Architecture’ fundamentally grew out of a need to limit our exposure of our bodies from forces of nature that cause harm when experienced in extremes (temperature, wind and sunlight exposure, storms, wildlife) then it seems apt time to make use of advancing technologies to investigate deeper the complexities of our inner ecosystems to inform our built environments.
    Monika Wittig, Lance Walters

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