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The Future of Digital Health

#sxsw #DigiHealth

Digital health is an emerging industry at the intersection of technology and health, radically changing how we access and use personal health information. It unites smartphones/tablets (new means of 24/7 access to information), with big data in the cloud (enabling personalization), game dynamics / mechanics (new engagement mechanisms), the increased engagement of physicians online (interactive doctors), and a vibrant social conversation about health. The panel, composed of pioneers in this new space (WIRED Magazine, HealthTap, Rock Health, Massive Health, CakeHealth, others), will explore why Digital Health is happening now, and how it is poised to forever transform how we access and use personal health information, how we manage our personal health, and how we interact with physicians using online/mobile applications. The panel will discuss the future of online/mobile health information, apps, and interactions, and disruptive emerging trends in the health space.


Halle Tecco Co-Founder Rock Health

Halle Tecco is the Co-Founder & CEO of RockHealth, the first startup accelerator devoted exclusively to health companies. Tecco recognized the need and potential for startups in the digital health space while working at Apple's App Store covering the health and medical vertical. Previously, she founded Yoga Bear, a national nonprofit that provides yoga to the cancer community in hospitals and at over 200 partner studios.

Tecco has been named as one of “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare” by CNN, one of “15 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. Magazine, and was a L’Oreal “Woman of Worth” Honoree. Tecco has written for Harvard Business School Publishing, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and ForbesWoman. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey Pollard MD Dir, Medical Expert Network HealthTap

Dr. Pollard is a double board certified surgeon and graduate of Duke, Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Tulane. His career has focused on finding safer, more effective, and more compassionate ways to deliver specialized medicine. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and recent textbook chapters on advances in modern medicine, delivered presentations nationally, and trained other surgeons around the country on cutting edge minimally invasive procedures. In 2008, Dr. Pollard was recognized as a "Top Surgeon" in the Bay Area and has featured televised interviews with “Best of the Bay” and San Francisco’s KRON. In 2011, Dr. Pollard was selected by Allergan, Inc as a regional educator, responsible for training health care professionals in advanced medication delivery techniques to improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Pollard has over a decade of clinical experience and left a thriving multi-center private practice that he started to join HealthTap as a way to contribute on a higher level to the Interactive Health movement. He has a young, ambitious physician's perspective and is a dedicated advocate of integrating technology into healthcare to provide a more enriching experience for patients and doctors.

Linda Avey Co-Founder & CEO Curious Inc

Facilitating the emergence of bio and other personal information from the realm of academic and medical science into the hands of the true owners, individuals who have the most to gain from their own data.

Co-founded 23andMe to democratize DNA and crowd source genetics research.

Co-founding Curious to create a platform for personal data investigation, sharing and discovery, toward the goal of more optimized health and living.

Rebecca Woodcock Co-founder & CEO Cake Health

Rebecca is the founder of Cake Health, a web-app that provides transparency to healthcare coverage and expenses, helping individuals and families track, manage, and reduce their healthcare costs. Cake Health is a rapidly growing company in a new category where consumer internet meets healthcare. Launched to the public at TechCrunch Disrupt in Sept 2011, Cake Health was selected as one of the final 7 most disruptive startups. Inc. Magazine recently named Rebecca as one of 15 Women in Tech to Watch in 2012.

Rebecca has over 8 years of experience in corporate strategy and research for technology, from hardware to consumer internet. Prior to Cake Health, she worked at Ipsos, where she ran proprietary quantitative research for companies such as Intel, Google, Sprint, and LG on product development and market strategy, ranging from feature optimization to messaging. Prior to this she worked in the corporate strategy division for Seagate Technology as an expert on consumer technology adoption and digital consumption.

Ryan Panchadsaram Co-Founder Pipette

Ryan Panchadsaram is the co-founder of Pipette, a mobile health company that is using technology to reduce readmission rates and lower the cost of care for surgical patients. He's a designer at heart, but an engineer by trade. He previously worked at Microsoft and At Microsoft, he was responsible for the user experience and design of Outlook for Mac 2011. He sits on the board of SeventyK, a young adult cancer advocacy group. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

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