Health Panels We’re Excited About at SXSW

March 7, 2016

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Are you heading to SXSW Interactive this week (March 11-15)?

If you’re interested in health insurance, health tech or health care, there is a plethora of related events you may be interested in. Here are a couple events we are excited about.

(Blurbs from official SXSW pages for panels.)

Bring Music, Dance and Art to Health Tech Innovation
Saturday, March 12th, 9:30AM-10:30AM // Westin Austin Downtown

Behavior change is the toughest challenge in healthcare, patients and elders suffer from physical fatigue, also severe mental stress. They are often homebound due to safety concerns and compromised immune systems, triggering isolative depression. Research shows caregivers are more likely to get sick as well. Research shows Creative Arts Therapy improves cancer patients’ Quality of Life by 50% and reduces pain by over 59%! Dancing reduces the risk of dementia by 76%. The panel will discuss published medical studies on health benefit of art(music, dance, art), and how to use lean UX to bring them to health tech innovation to create effective healthy behavior change

Virtual Health: Is it Real or Just Fantasy? 
Saturday, March 12th, 11:00AM-12:00PM // JW Marriott 

A Virtual Visit enables a care team (provider, nurse, therapist, and other healthcare professionals) to engage in a video-based consult directly with patients through the use of virtual health platforms and equipment. Experts will speak to the historical legislative and policy initiatives that have hindered and promoted the use of virtual health at the state and federal levels, the rapid development of technology that is enabling these platforms to provide improved access and quality driven outcomes, the new programs being created to support them, and provide a physician’s insights into why she chose to provide virtual health to her existing patients and leverage it to attract new patients.

How Data and Empathy Can Improve Health Outcomes
Sunday, March 13th, 12:30-1:30PM // JW Marriott

For too long, the healthcare industry has been crippled by inefficiencies, fear, bureaucracy and avoidable medical error and it’s often the patients who pay the price. Misalignment between payers and providers mean few solutions have emerged to solve these problems. However, there’s a new wave of organizations focused on filling gaps in care by combining data with an empathetic approach to drive the systemic change that ultimately improves lives. In this session, panelists will discuss the ways in which traditional healthcare companies have fallen short when it comes to patient care and what is being done now to combat the status quo and save lives.

Millennials in Medicine: Good or Bad for Health? 
Sunday, March 13th, 5:00-6:00PM // JW Marriott

The millennial generation will produce the largest number of doctors in history, but many of them will never practice medicine. At Stanford Medical School, for example, only 2/3 of graduating students go on to residency with increasing numbers devoting their time to business, policy, or other leadership pursuits outside the clinical realm. Is it disillusionment with the job, or something else driving this trend? What will be the impact on patient care and health care innovation? This panel of leading millennial physician-innovators will offer a provocative prognosis for the future of US healthcare and debate the net value of physicians disrupting rather than providing healthcare.

Invest for Health, Session 1
Monday, March 14th, 2:00-3:00PM // JW Marriott

“Connecting the Disconnect: Fixing the Pain Points in Health Care” will feature Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth. Bush, along with speakers Sue Siegel of GE Ventures and Chris Coburn of Partners HealthCare, will discuss the crappy, disconnected state of health care, issues that plague the industry and the climate that has allowed them to thrive, and what the blueprint for the future looks like. This session brings together entrepreneurs, healthcare execs, and venture capitalists for conversations around real solutions to healthcare’s pain points. The event will facilitate connections, spark dialogue and enable entrepreneurs and healthcare stakeholders to partner for success. Session 2 & Session 3.

Wearables in Health: In Theory and in Practice
Monday, March 14th, 3:30-4:30 // JW Marriott

The data we can collect from wearables can be used in many ways to improve health outcomes, better the patient experience, and make clinical trials and R&D more efficient and effective. But we’re several years away from realizing the full benefits of patient-generated data. In this dual presentation, Dr. Sam Volchenboum will speak to where we’re at and where we’re headed regarding the challenges and benefits of using wearable data to inform treatment and clinical trials. Dr. Ray Duncan of Cedars Sinai Hospital will share the practical hurdles, insights, and success stories of integrating wearable data with EMRs at one of the most connected health systems in the country.

Don’t Worry, Be Patient: A Health System Problem 
Tuesday, March 15th, 11:00AM-12:00PM // Austin Convention Center

In Colombia, as well as other countries in Latin America, health is not a right but a favor. “Patient” is a transmedia project made via four platforms (A feature documentary about a mother who loses her daughter due a terminal cancer, nine short films made by nine remarkable film makers about the obstacles in the health services, one webdoc made as a serious game portraying the bureaucracy within the health institutions and the testimonials of fifty people around the problem, and a digital book about our own process doing this project during almost five years). All of this to create reflection about this subject and bring closer to our audiences this big and important issue.

Entrepreneurship: Creation and Investment
Tuesday, March 15th, 12:30-1:30PM // Austin Convention Center

Josh Kushner is the Founder and Managing Partner of Thrive Capital, an investment firm focused on technology investments. He is also the co-founder of Oscar, the health insurance start-up transforming the healthcare industry through the use of technology, data and design. As both an entrepreneur and investor, Josh has experienced the challenges and opportunities that early-stage companies face from both sides of the table. In this talk, Josh will candidly share what he has learned from building Oscar and investing in companies including Instagram and Warby Parker. The conversation will center on exploring how entrepreneurs can disrupt and redefine existing industries.