Once a quarter, professionals from all over San Diego come together to discuss the ever complex intersection of health and technology at Digital Health Innovation San Diego.
This February, four physicians led a conversation on the challenge of incorporating rapidly evolving technology into their everyday practice.
Here the inside scoop on the physicians who led the night’s conversation:
Dr. Steven Steinhubl
Dr. Steinhubl is the Director of Digital Medicine at STSI and a cardiologist at Scripps Health, Scripps Clinic. Dr Steinhubl’s research activities have covered a broad range of topics in cardiology with a primary early focus on trials of novel antithrombotic therapies for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, and more recently on the application of an integrated systems-based approach to the optimal identification, communication and treatment of an individual’s risk for various manifestations of cardiovascular disease. He has been the principal investigator or helped lead over a dozen large-scale, international randomized trials and has authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as numerous book chapters, and abstracts.
Dr. Ajay Srivastava
Ajay V. Srivastava, MD, is a cardiologist and heart failure specialist. He treats patients with a variety of cardiovascular issues, with a particular focus on patients with heart failure, cardiomyopathies, pre- and post-left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy and cardiac transplantation. Other areas of expertise include cardiac imaging, including stress testing, echocardiography and cardiac PET/CT. In addition to his clinical practice, he is keenly involved in research on ventricular assist devices and trials in patients with cancer and heart disease, along with an emphasis on cardiac amyloidosis. In close collaboration with the Scripps Translational Science Institute (TSRI), he is investigating the role of remote monitoring in patients with heart failure and LVADs.
Dr. John LeMoine
John R. LeMoine, MD, FACP, is the chief medical information officer for Sharp HealthCare. He is responsible for providing medical direction and physician counsel for Clinical Effectiveness and Information Systems. LeMoine has had a keen interest in clinical information systems since joining Sharp HealthCare in 1982. His research interests and activities have included pulmonary and venous thromboembolism and community-acquired pneumonia.
Dr. Robert Murad
Robert Murad, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford, is also a clinical physician and researcher of digital medicine for Qualcomm Health Center. He is also a strategic advisor for the toSense Cova necklace.
Now let's move into a recap of the night's events:
Right off the bat, we could see there was something different about the vibe of this meetup. The seats weren’t filling up with the usual assortment of overly eager salesmen chomping at the bit to push their product. Instead, the early arrivers were nurses and CTO’s looking to mingle with the technologist as they trickled in. There were UCSD Ph.D. candidates eager to apply the knowledge from their soon-to-be-completed educations. Doctors from the panel were mingling by the refreshments table with younger doctors who attended the same medical schools. And project managers from Microsoft and ViaSat were shaking hands with entrepreneurs from promising, local startups. It was encouraging to see everyone so enthusiastically jumping into the conversation before the night even officially started!
Soon everyone filed into their seats and the panel of doctors made their way to the front of the room. All seasoned speakers and leaders in their respected hospitals, the conversation quickly got moving onto why technology isn’t being adopted at a faster rate. Unfortunately, panelist Dr. Ajay Srivastava was traveling in India that night. Considering this meetup centered on technology and innovation, we figured we might as well put some of that technology to use and Skype Dr. Ajay into the conversation. However, streaming from a moving vehicle, 8,000 miles away had its share of buffering complications and everyone got a good laugh at the apparent irony.
The panel discussed some of the groundbreaking tools like the toSense CoVa necklace and the Dexcom glucose monitoring system; to name a few, that they’ve begun using in their own practices. They reflected on how far the medical field has come with the help of these new innovations. Thankfully we’ve advanced far enough that real people no longer have to be the guinea pigs we learn on.
The panelists lamented the fact that the revolutionary, diagnostic tools being created will only be truly effective if they’re combined into one easy-to-use, streamlined platform. That way, the diagnostic process isn’t just more advanced and accurate, it’s also as efficient as possible.
Dr. LeMoine made the great point that there are technological platforms that are no longer optional in the modern healthcare industry. Just like in a hospital, having an elevator is an unavoidable necessity. Well, having a Patient Portal is now healthcare’s new elevator.
Everyone was also eager to discuss the changing role of patients in this new system. During this point in the night, it felt like all sides of the medical community were coming together to brainstorm ways for digital health technologies to advance the study of medicine and simultaneously create the caring, supportive environment patients are looking for.
We’re on the cusp of change here in the health industry, and having an open platform for discussion is a key way of making the most from this transition. The entire audience gained valuable feedback from the questions, comments, and concerns brought up by the panel of doctors. And all of these industry perspectives; collaborating together, began forming a unified vision to keep moving forward within the world of digital health innovations.
The night flew by and we realized that this was just the beginning of a much larger conversation about digital health and mobile solutions. The Digital Health Innovation team is already planning its upcoming event: “TeleHealth - Today and Tomorrow” planned for June 8th right here in San Diego. If you’re interested in jumping into this ground-breaking discussion and hearing from digital health thought leaders, request an invite here. All of our events focus on open forum collaboration and are completely free. We can’t wait to get your unique input as we advance further into the wondrous world of digital health.
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