First day of Stanford MedX

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I spent the day working at the Stanford MedX conference and it has been a wonderful experience. MedX is an annual conference focusing on medicine and emerging technologies, with a focus on patient empowerment. MedX is an interdisciplinary meeting of minds that focuses on finding new ways to use technology to improve health. The speakers today ranged from physicians and artists to CEOs and patients, all coming together for three days to brainstorm and exchange ideas. One talk I attended focused on #whatifHC (what if health care), a hashtag started a year ago that has inspired thousands of tweets around the world about people’s dreams for healthcare. Another focused on self tracking, and how patients are becoming more empowered through self tracking apps and online patient communities that allows them to share information easily. Yet another talk was on physician-patient communication and how patients can add to their own care.

For the second year in a row, the Stanford MedX conference is implementing a Global Access Program, so that anyone around the world can participate in the conference through live webcasts and interviews with key speakers. I was fortunate enough to be invited back this year to be the Global Access Host, where I am working with Bita Ryan, an Emmy award winning former NBC producer, and her wonderful camera crew to put together segments for online streaming. I have been interviewing speakers and participants at the conference in between sessions, and I feel so lucky because I get one on one time with all of these talented individuals whom I can learn so much from. Sure, we’re on camera when we have these interactions, but I feel like it’s just me and the person I’m interviewing, having a conversation about his or her work. I interviewed 14 individuals today to start off the conference, and I met some very inspirational people. I cannot wait to see who I will meet in the next two days!

The Global Access Studio for the MedX conference where I am fortunate enough to interview conference speakers one on one

The Global Access Studio for the MedX conference where I am fortunate enough to interview conference speakers one on one

The inside of MedX 2013

The inside of MedX 2013

A wellness room for meditation and relaxation for conference attendees.

A wellness room for meditation and relaxation for conference attendees.

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My “what have I done with my life” moment of the day: Interviewing Jack Andraka, a high school junior who in his freshman year at a Baltimore inner city high school discovered a 3 cent lab test that detects various types of cancer. I could write a whole post on his story. Fascinating individual who has accomplished in high school what most of us would hope to accomplish in years of post graduate research. More on him tomorrow after his keynote address.

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Wonderful surprise to run into Dr. Goldstein, a Stanford alumnus currently doing an internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A few years ago, he was the one who conducted my admissions interview for Stanford Medical School!

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Hayley Goldbach, this year’s Stanford-NBC News Global Health Media Fellow, is in charge of The Buzz @ MedX. She just returned from working at the India office of the World Health Organization and is now at Stanford for a quarter taking journalism classes.

The editor catching my funny facial expressions in my interview with Denise Silber, organizer of Health 2.0.

The editor catching my funny facial expressions in my interview with Denise Silber, organizer of Health 2.0.

MedX is a wonderful place to discuss ways that new technology is revolutionizing healthcare and how we communicate about health. I will keep the blog updated as I continue interviewing conference speakers and participants and learning more about what we can do to take full advantage of today’s technology for medicine.

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