Sunday, June 15, 2014

Snippets from Health for Tomorrow

Several weeks ago, health practitioners, researchers, and journalists came together at Health for Tomorrow.   I'm not a health policy person, but a couple sessions stood out.

The first was that with Toby Cosgrove, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic.   Cosgrove described the steps Cleveland Clinic took internally and in the community to improve health outcomes and change behavior to improve outcomes.   One takeaway was from moderator Elisabeth Rosenthal of The New York Times: In reaction to an intervention described by Cosgrove (engage more people in their own health care and reducing incidence of diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol, Rosenthal said she had heard from every day people that they wanted to be compliant, they wanted to eat better and healthier food.   The problem was they couldn't afford it.

The second stand out was the session The Future of Individualized Medicine with Eric J. Topol of Scripps Translational Science Institute, Scripps Health, and The Scripps Research Institute.   What resonated with me was the affordability of personalized medicine and how quickly the world of medicine and science is changing, further challenging the widespread adoption of personalized medicine.

The videos of Cosgrove and Topol are below.   To view the other videos, click here.

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