Creating Access to Healthcare with Digital Technology

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USC Center for Body Computing: History

In 2006, cardiologist Leslie Saxon was inspired by the new capability of implantable defibrillators that could stream information from her patients’ devices daily from their homes. She and her colleagues at USC’s Keck School of Medicine proved that connecting these devices to the web led to better outcomes for patients.

In 2007, Dr. Saxon founded the USC Center for Body Computing, a digital health innovation hub designed to bring together digital and life science executives, sensor and mobile app investors, strategists, designers, investors and visionaries from healthcare, entertainment and technology to collaborate on transformative care solutions.

The Special Hope Foundation is excited about the ways technology can improve health benefits and healthcare delivery for people with disabilities, and attended the 10th Annual Global Body Computing Conference September 23 at USC. The annual event is designed for those seeking modern healthcare solutions and is known for creating and cultivating ideas that turn into sustainable industry trends.

Topics, mostly discussed in insightful panel discussions included:

  • The Digital Health Access Initiative. “Smartphones and data plans will be deployed to those who are determined to be in need,” said Scott Dorman, Managing Director, USC Body Computing, “They will be provided with smartphones provisioned with access to the Virtual Care Clinic, and possibly sensors and other technology functionality supplied through our foundational partners. The DHAI will be the conduit for distributing smartphones/data plans.”
  • Virtual Care Model. In January, the Center for Body Computing (CBC), announced a partnership with eight foundational partners to launch its Virtual Care Clinic (VCC). The digital healthcare model utilizes a variety of technologies, including mobile apps, wearable sensors, virtual human health care providers, augmented virtual reality (AR/VR), data collection, analytics and artificial intelligence using digital communication tools allowing patient’s anywhere to access medical care and content.
  • How Tech Giants Build Digital Health Solutions, an interview with Christina Farr of Fast Company and Jessica Mega MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences). “Healthcare’s hard. Biology is challenging. So if we want to do anything quickly we need to partner with strategic organizations.”
  • Digital Health Solutions: What is the market and what does the customer need?  “Med-tech clients are coming to my design firm to understand people,” said Stuart Kartan, of Kartan Design. “Patients need to be at the table with these technology companies.”

We couldn’t agree more. Much of the technology that we take for granted, including dictation, texting, driverless cars, and voice controls evolved from software Apple created to help people with disabilities. In fact, technology pioneers such as Apple, Yahoo and Microsoft have discovered focusing on users with disabilities maker their products better for all.

We were fortunate to share our insights with many of the experts and speakers at the conference at a dinner and reception the evening before the conference. There, we also saw demonstrations from finalists of the USC’s Virtual Reality Medical Empathy Hackathon. The winner, Embodied Labs, uses a virtual reality headset that allows medical students to feel like a 74-year-old man.

Read more about Embodied Labs here.

Did I mention that Dr. Saxon mentioned the Special Hope Foundation in her opening remarks? That was a thrill. More about that later.

“We are entering an era of virtual, borderless medicine and it’s time to prepare for the trend.”
Leslie Saxon, M.D.  Founder & Exec. Director USC Body Computing

Learn more about USC Center for Body Computing.

2017-06-20T17:57:14+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Blog|

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