Stanford Medicine X-Health Care and Emerging Technologies (California)

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Stanford Medicine X-Health Care and Emerging Technologies - 2012

Summary Highlights

  • Principal Investigator: 
  • Organization: 
  • Funding Mechanism: 
    PAR: HS09-257: AHRQ Grant Program for Large Conference Support (R13)
  • Grant Number: 
    R13 HS 021823
  • Project Period: 
    September 2012 - June 2015
  • AHRQ Funding Amount: 
    $295,774
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    (PDF, 194.76 KB)

Summary: This project supports the Stanford Medicine X Conference at the School of Medicine in September of 2012, 2013, and 2014 in Stanford, California. The Medicine X initiative explores the potential of social media and information technology (IT) to advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to participate in their own care.

The conference focuses on innovation and the application of emerging technologies to improve health and health care from a unique patient-centered perspective. It convenes health care stakeholders, including providers, patients, technologists, academicians, researchers, and leaders in innovation. Historically, innovation emerges from researchers and providers and trickles down to patients. The organizers of this conference believe that an alternative approach places the patient at the center of discussion, and challenges health care stakeholders to solve health care issues from the patient’s viewpoint. The goal of the project is to re-engineer current research and chronic disease management processes.

Specific Aims:

  • Advance understanding of how innovative technologies have the potential to improve patient care and ease the burden of disease from a patient-centered perspective, including tools to empower patients to be involved in their own care. (Ongoing)
  • Provide a forum concentrated on uniting stakeholders in health care for opportunities to network and collaborate in innovative, interdisciplinary research and/or technology solutions. (Ongoing)
  • Provide education in major areas relevant to emerging technology and their application to clinical medicine. (Ongoing)
  • Integrate the patient voice and patient-centered design into the use of emerging technologies to improve health care. (Ongoing)
  • Identify measurable outcomes most meaningful to patients and to bring researchers closer to understanding how to incorporate patient-centered design and outcomes into their research. (Ongoing)

2012 Activities: The 2012 conference was held September 28-30 on the campus of the Stanford University School of Medicine. The themes were: Emerging Technologies and the Future; The Networked Patient; mHealth and Gamification; Design Thinking; The New Scientist; and The Curators. The format of the meeting was a combination of keynote speakers, panels, and hands-on sessions. Conference videos featuring speakers and patient narratives are available at: http://medicinex.stanford.edu/videostalks. Proceedings will be published in the official open-access conference journals Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE) and the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).

The 2013 conference will be held September 27-29.

Preliminary Impact and Findings: Over the 3 days of the Medicine X Conference, Twitter analytics revealed that conference proceedings published under the #medx hashtag reached more than 1,100,000 individuals. During that same time, the Medicine X audience tweets generated more than 24 million impressions (the total number of followers of a tweet).

The inaugural 2012 Stanford Medicine X Conference was highly successful. Qualitative and quantitative measures demonstrated that conference attendees reported strong post-conference understanding of: 1) how innovative technologies have the potential to improve patient care and ease the burden of disease from a patient-centered perspective; 2) the role of health care IT and its applications; and 3) patient potential to mold future health care.

Target Population: Adults, Men*, Pediatric*, Women*

Strategic Goal: Develop and disseminate health IT evidence and evidence-based tools to support patient-centered care, the coordination of care across transitions in care settings, and the use of electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of care.

Business Goal: Synthesis and Dissemination

* This target population is one of AHRQ’s priority populations.

Stanford Medicine X-Health Care and Emerging Technologies - Final Report

Citation:
Chu L. Stanford Medicine X-Health Care and Emerging Technologies - Final Report. (Prepared by Stanford University under Grant No. R13 HS021823). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2015. (PDF, 1.22 MB)

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Summary:

The Medicine X initiative is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The initiative explores how emerging technologies might advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. The “X” is meant to encourage thinking beyond numbers and trends—it represents the infinite possibilities for current and future information technologies to improve health. The Stanford Medicine X conference, funded by AHRQ from 2012 to 2014, is dedicated to the exchange and promotion of Medicine X ideals.

The specific aims of the Medicine X conference were as follows:

  • Explore the potential of innovative technologies to improve patient care and ease the burden of disease from a patient-centered perspective, emphasizing tools that empower patients to be involved in their own care. 
  • Provide a collaborative forum that promotes discovery of technology solutions through innovative, interdisciplinary research among health care stakeholders. 
  • Disseminate knowledge relevant to major areas of emerging technology and their application to clinical medicine. 
  • Integrate the patient voice and the patient-centered design philosophy into health care through the use of emerging technologies. 
  • Identify those measureable outcomes that are most meaningful to patients and to advocate that researchers incorporate patient-centered design and outcomes into their research. 

Each meeting was held in September and was a combination of keynote speakers, panels, and hands-on sessions. The 2012 meeting included sessions on personal health self tracking, emerging technologies for the networked patient, and mobile approaches for behavior change and health promotion. The 2013 meeting held sessions on social media strategies for health care, delivering patient-centered care using health IT, and the evolving role of the engaged patient. Sessions from the 2014 meeting included harnessing data for better patient involvement; social media, games, and wearables; and medical education.