The digital era introduced an entirely new set of methods for clinicians to deliver and manage care. However, some of these advances have resulted in barriers between providers and patients. From doctors wrangling EHRs to patients self-diagnosing based on web searches, it can feel like the disconnect between clinician and patient is greater than ever before. Fortunately, as new technologies continue to emerge, we can see a clear shift as they return back to their intended purpose: to streamline care, improve outcomes, and create a better experience for patients and clinicians alike.

Humanizing Healthcare will look at the big picture of innovation and technology: examining how healthcare systems are innovating towards better patient experiences, how technologists and clinicians are designing better tools, and how those tools are being used to increase access to care.

Themes and sessions in the Humanizing Healthcare Track will include:

Innovations that empower patients to be their own best advocates

New technologies enabling deeper interaction between physicians and patients

Increased access to care through technology

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This Year’s Agenda

9:00-9:05am: Opening Remarks

Welcome and introduction from Marquise Stillwell of Openbox.

9:05-9:10am: Why it Matters - A True Story

John Farkas, CEO & Storyteller, Golden Spiral Marketing

John walked into the hospital to visit his father during an in-patient stay. He walked out with a new perspective on how our healthcare system functions to profoundly affect the lives of both patients and their loved ones. This could easily be the most powerful five minutes of your time at Health:Further

9:05-9:35am: Navigating the System

Lindsay Neese Burton, Healthcare Marketing Manager,; Morgan Knochel, Founder, OneRecord

Patients and clinicians alike desire digital tools to manage healthcare encounters. Patients want to be able to find, communicate with, transact with and rate their care teams the way they do other services like consumer goods. They also want access to their data, and they want healthcare information on demand in an easy-to-use format. If we can see our order history on Amazon, why not our interactions with our healthcare providers?

At the same time, numerous factors like high deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses have made consumers more invested in choosing healthcare providers. The time they spend online researching healthcare decisions puts pressure on clinicians and healthcare organizations to put their best foot forward.

In this session, Knochel, an interoperability advocate, and Burton, an expert in healthcare reputation management, will talk about how the web has changed the way we interact with the healthcare system, and how both patients and clinicians can better engage each other and use technology to ensure better relationships and more informed care.

9:35-10:05am: The Technologies that are Re-Humanizing Care

Yaa Kumah-Crystal, MD, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Korak Sarkar, MD, Director, Om3d Labs; Kimberlie Cerrone, Founder, Tiatros

In this session, we will hear from physicians and entrepreneurs who are building the next wave of tools to bring patients closer to their own healthcare. From voice technology that is changing the way physicians interact with EHRs – allowing them more face-time with patients, to VR and 3d printing that literally puts medical information into the hands of the patient, to mobile apps that allow individuals to recognize and track health conditions and developmental milestones, digital health technology is making complex information accessible to everyone involved in care decisions.

10:05-10:25am: Putting the Pee in Patient-Provider Communications

Giffin Daughtridge, MD, Co-founder & CEO, UrSure

We hear a lot about how digital health technologies can facilitate communication, but what about medical hardware technologies? In this talk, we will  explore how to ensure that technology, regardless of its form, is designed and developed to enhance patient-provider communication using the example of a simple urine diagnostic test.

10:25-10:55am: Health Tech and Access to Care: An International Perspective

Yared Alemu, Founder & CEO, TQ Intelligence; Yomi Durojaye, MD

Digital health tools hold enormous promise for improving access to and quality of care in underserved areas. In this talk, Alemu and Durojaye will discuss how some of these tools are being used in Africa. Tools that improve diagnostic accuracy, speed delivery of care, and elicit behavior change leading to healthier outcomes, among others, will be examined.

10:55-11:25am: Innovation at Scale

Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, HHS/ONC, Julie Rockey, Strategic Program Director, Geisinger, and Rebecca A. Stametz, D. Ed, MPH, Senior Director, Clinical Innovation, Geisinger

A conversation looking at how large organizations view and approach innovation with the patient at the center. From a federal perspective, what are the initiatives and technologies HHS is pursuing to help the entire health system improve? From the perspective of large healthcare systems and pharma companies, how are they working together to build their business while also improving access and outcomes.

11:25-11:55am: Incubating Innovation

Nick Dougherty, Program Director, MassChallenge; Justin Gernot, Vice President, Healthbox; Nicole McNew, Executive Director, Prime Health; Michael Brody-Waite, CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center; Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, HHS/ONC,

How do companies of any size develop products that actually solve real problems for patients and bring us to a more sustainable and human-centered healthcare system? In this session, panelists from three of the country’s leading health tech ecosystems will discuss how they advise companies to build tools that matter and avoid getting trapped by shiny object syndrome.

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The Humanizing Health Track at the 2018 Health:Further Festival is programmed in partnership with Openbox.