mHealth Insights from Exponential Medicine (9-12 November 2014)

Exponential Medicine by the Singularity University

Dr Chris Bickford MDPrior commitments (including last weeks epic WebSummit in Dublin and this weeks Self Care Pharmacy Conference in London) made it impossible for me to make it to Exponential Medicine being held at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego but our US business partner Dr Christopher Bickford MD has managed to reschedule things to be there and will be sharing live updates here on mHealth Insight as the event progresses. If you’re at Exponential Medicine and would like to be interviewed by Dr Bickford for this post please either find him or comment below with your mobile number (it won’t be published) and we’ll arrange a meet up via SMS. Similarly if you’d like to download a copy of the podcast recording we’ve made of all presentations.

Exponential Medicine is a four-day conference organised by the Singularity University that brings together top experts to inform medical services leaders how technology is impacting healthcare and medicine.

Click here to watch the Live Stream. Click here to follow the #xmed hashtag on Twitter.

Refresh this page to see updates.


Click here to watch videos of the Exponential Medicine talks.

Dr Robert Hariri discusses exponential opportunities arising from stem cell treatments:

Nokia X Prize winner announcement:

Can you top San Diego Coronado for an event venue XMed

Daniel Kraft is joined on the stage by Singularity University coFounder Ray Kurzweil via BEAM for some future forecasting:

Daniel Kraft & next XMed speaker via Beam

Lunch on the lawn at XMed 2014

Dr Laura Esserman, Surgeon, Breast Cancer Oncology Specialist and Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center (@drlauraesserman), made it very clear to an audience that was ~50% Medical Doctors that clinical medicine is NOT keeping up with the amazing strides that are being made in bioinformatics and technology in general by asking 1) how many were using EHRs in their Hospitals and then 2) How many were happy with them.

With 80% of the raised hands dropping, Dr Esserman explained that this was emblematic of the problems between technology/informatics and clinical delivery of care. Where one is blazing amazing trails the other she described as like ‘molasses’.

Dr Esserman said that today’s clinical informatics tools are a stumbling block for the personalisation of medicine and felt that we could realise huge opportunities if tools for personalisation and data extraction could be made more useable.

Dr Esserman was somewhat optimistic for the not too distant future and is hopeful that her team will be able to create some of their own informatics structured data on top of systems like CERNER, GE and EPIC (the system that her UCSF group and all but one of the other UC systems are using).

Another great reminder that the cost benefit (Doctors pay, Someone else Benefits) of EHRs is a global phenomena and that we urgently need to start things over with a read/write approach to the EHR that is built on top of Patient/Carer interactions.

UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Dr Adam Gazzaley, Cognitive Neuroscientist, UCSF (@adamgazz), was recently featured on the cover of Nature magazine sharing insights into the future value of video games to the mental state of Seniors and youngsters alike. I’ve recorded a video of this and will upload and paste it here when I get a moment.

UCSF Professor of Neurology Adam Gazzaley presenting at Exponential Medicine

Some stunning examples of how 3D printing is being used in reconstructive surgery…

Medical Modelling Mayo Clinic

Great talk about the use of life saving drones: “the future of robotics”…

The Future of Robotics LifeSaving Drones

Interesting to see delegates joining the meeting via Beam Pro Remote Telepresence robots from Suitable Technology. Will have to interview someone who’s using it to see how close it feels to talking face-to-face:

How cool to be Joining Exponential Medicine via the Beam Pro from Suitable Technology

The stunning stage is set and it’s clear to see the passion that is driving the Exponential Medicine movement. Get ready to have your minds taken on a journey:

The stage is set at Exponential Medicine 2014

Wow what a line up of speakers (I’ll update these names with their twitter handles as I find them):

> Nigel Ackland, “Bionic Arm Man”.

> Dr Christian Assad, Interventional Cardiologist

> Dan Barry, Former NASA Astronaut & Founder of Denbar Robotics.

> David Bolinksy, Founder and Creative Director, e.Mersion Learning Company.

> Dr David A Bray, IT Chief, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

> Brett & Diana Bullington, Advisor, Outfit 7.

> Dr Anthony Chang, MD MBA.

> Andy Christensen, VP of Personalized Surgery & Medical Devices 3D Systems.

> Dave deBronkart, Author, e-Patient Dave.

> Christopher deCharms PhD, Serial Entrepreneur, Neuroscientist, Social Entrepreneur, Author, Inventor and Founder/CEO, Omneuron.

> Dr Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X-PRIZE and Co-Founder of Singularity University.

> Sean Duffy, CEO and Co-Founder, Omada Health.

> Dr Utibe Effiong, Environmental Health and Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

> Lucien Engelen, Head of the Regional Emergency Healthcare Network, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.

> Dr Laura Esserman, Surgeon, Breast Cancer Oncology Specialist and Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. @drlauraesserman

> David Ewing Duncan, Award-Winning & Best-Selling Author.

> Robin Farmanfarmaian,

> Ariel Garten, CEO and co-founder, InteraXon.

> Dr Adam Gazzaley, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University of California San Francisco.

> Michael Gillam, MD, FACEP, medical informaticist, researcher, software architect, health IT strategist and board certified in emergency medicine.

> Marc Goodman, Faculty Chair for Policy, Law & Ethics, Singularity University

> Dr Alan Greene, Founder, and Chief Medical Officer, Scanadu.

> Aubrey de Grey PhD, Biomedical Gerontologist.

> Robert Hariri MD PhD, Surgeon, Biomedical Scientist and serial Entrepreneur .

> Jeremy Howard, Founder and CEO, Enlitic.

> Salim Ismail, founding Executive Director, Singularity University and author of Exponential Organizations: Why new organisations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it).

> Neil Jacobstein, co-Chair, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track, Singularity University.

> Cigall Kadoch PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.

> Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures.

> Andrea Kissack, Reporter and Editor, KQED.

> Isaac Kohane MD PhD, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School.

> Dr Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist, Sentrian.

> Dr Daniel Kraft, Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University & Founding Executive Director of Exponential Medicine

> Steven Krein, Co-founder and CEO, StartUp Health.

> Dr Jack Kreindler, Physician, Physiologist and Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

> Ray Kurzweil, Inventors, Thinker and Futurist.

> Dr Jeremy M Levin, D.Phil., MB, B.Chir, Chairman, Ovid Therapeutics Inc and Health:Augmented.

> Philip Low PhD, Chairman, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroVigil.

> Dr Maulik Majmudar, Associate Director, MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab, Clinical Cardiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer, Quanttus Inc.

> John Mattison MD, Assistant Medical Director & Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser-Permanente.

> Raymond McCauley, Biotech Chair, Singularity University.

> Sandra Miller, Director, Singularity University Labs.

> Dr Catherine Mohr, Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical.

> Dr Jeff Olgin, Cardiologist, Electrophysiologist, co-Director & Chief of Cardiology, UCSF Heart and Vascular Center.

> Andy Puddicombe, Founder, Headspace.

> Jessica Richman, co-founder and CEO, uBiome.

> Dr Alan Russell PhD, Director, Disruptive Health Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

> Larry Smarr PhD, Founding Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

> Evan Y Snyder MD PhD, Professor and Program Director of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

> Paul Stamets DSc (Hon), Science of Medicinal Mushrooms and Ecology (watch his TED2008 talk. “How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World”

> Jeroen Tas, CEO, Informatics Solutions and Services Business Group, Philips Healthcare.

> Brad Templeton, Networking and Computing Chair, Singularity University.

> J Craig Venter PhD, Founder/Chairman/CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and Founder/CEO, Synthetic Genomics Inc.

> Will Weisman, Executive Director of Conferences, Singularity University

> Prof Tony Young, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Southend Hospital.

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