Dell Med Leaders Driving the SXSW Health Conversation

Its first students are less than nine months into their studies, but the Dell Medical School at UT Austin is already finding new ways to train doctors, make Austin a model healthy city, and channel the city’s entrepreneurial spirit into community-minded innovations that revolutionize ways people get and stay healthy.

South by Southwest (SXSW) puts a spotlight on world-rattling revolutions, and Austin’s startup med school will be well-represented at the festival this year. SXSW will showcase about a dozen Dell Med leaders, along with other national health and technology pioneers, to highlight innovations that are taking root in Central Texas’ vital, inclusive health ecosystem.

Dell Med also has worked with SXSW to create a special series of panels focused on the health and technology convergence. These sessions (marked below) will be held on Friday, March 10 at the JW Marriott hotel downtown. Others will be at the Austin Convention Center.

Here are some of the Dell Med innovators that festival-goers can see this week:

  1. Clay Johnston, Dell Med’s inaugural dean, will moderate an all-star session next Monday on the convergence of healthcare and technology that’s improving people’s health and transforming their experience as patients. This festival headliner features Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty. Collaborative Innovation in the Digital Health Age, Monday, March 13, 9:30 a.m.; Austin Convention Center Ballroom EFG
  2. Elizabeth Teisberg helped coin the phrase “value-based health care,” and she and Scott Wallace are among the vanguard in the national drive to improve outcomes and lower costs by reorienting the system around patients and their health. Their work on experience groups was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, and they lead a new institute at Dell Med to catalyze innovation and speed the push toward health care value. Capability, Comfort, Calm — High Quality Health Care, Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.; Austin Convention Center Room 9AB
  3. ***Mini Kahlon, Dell Med’s vice dean for strategy and partnerships, will sit down on Friday with Dean Clay Johnston and health innovator Ken Shine to discuss how technology and strategic innovations are transforming health and care in ways that transcend politics. How Tech & Innovation Can Cure Health Politics, Friday, March 10, 3:30 p.m.; JW Marriott Salon D
  4. *** Mellie Price is a veteran Austin entrepreneur and leader who has come to Dell Med as the school’s executive director of technology innovation. She’ll lead a panel on Friday looking at other forward-looking industries — specifically transportation networking companies, short-term rental entities and virtual reality. Other leaders on the panel include RideAustin CEO Andy Tryba, Homeaway co-founder Carl Shepherd, and Tom Caven of Axon Virtual Health. Tech’s Lessons for Healthcare, Friday, March 10, 12:30 p.m.; JW Marriott Salon D
  5. *** Stacey Chang leads the Design Institute for Health, a unique partnership between Dell Med and UT Austin’s College of Fine Arts that applies design thinking to health challenges. On Friday, he’ll lead a panel on ThinkEAST, a planned East Austin community using a creative process combining visual arts, design, and data visualization to find new ways of improving health. Speakers include Austin artist Jennifer Chenowith, Paul Stang of Johnson & Johnson, and Fusebox managing director Brad Carlin. Using Design & Tech to Create a Healthy Community, Friday, March 10, 5 p.m.; JW Marriott Salon D
  6. Sue Cox is Dell Med’s executive vice dean for academics and chair of medical education. As such, she’s the chief architect of the school’s unique curriculum that integrates forward-looking advancements with interdisciplinary training and innovations specific to Austin and Dell Med. This panel, featuring Thomas Jefferson University’s Bon Ku, Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Erin Kane, and University of California San Francisco’s Sarah Kim, will look at ways of training physicians who are better equipped for the 21st century’s challenges and opportunities. A #)$%(*% Crisis: Training the Newest Gen of Docs, Monday, March 13, 11 a.m.; Austin Convention Center Room 9AB
  7. David Ring, Dell Med’s associate dean for comprehensive care, is a surgeon who’s helped pioneer efforts to improve health and increase access to care in ways that are better for patients. His panel on Saturday will look at ways that patients and their providers can use innovations — especially technological ones — to get and stay healthy. Speakers include Kristi Henderson of the Seton Healthcare Family and Nick van Terheyden, CMO at NTT Data (previously Dell) Healthcare & Life Sciences. Heal Thyself! How Tech Improves Health & Self-Care, Saturday, March 11, 3:30 p.m.; Austin Convention Center Room 9C
  8. Chris Moriates, has a rare job for an American medical school — he is Dell Med’s assistant dean of healthcare value, working to create an innovative value-based care curriculum and build a robust value improvement program that engages healthcare providers across Austin. This session, featuring Harvard’s Neel Shah and the University of Chicago’s Vineet Arora, will illuminate ways for people to ensure their care is safe, effective, human-centered, AND affordable. Hey Doc, How Much Will That Cost?, Sunday, March 12, 12:30 p.m.; Austin Convention Center Room 9C
  9. On Saturday and Sunday, UT Austin will host UT Live, a series of panels, parties and exhibitions led by the university’s brightest minds. On Sunday, a session hosted by Moody College of Communication Dean Jay Bernhardt features a series of experts from the Moody College and Dell Med discussing innovative approaches to health communication that focus on improving health. Dell Med presenters include Lourdes Rodriguez, director of the Center for Place Based Initiatives, Carrie Barron, director of the Creativity for Resilience Program and Chelsi West Ohueri of the Health Disparities team. Innovation in Health Communication, Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m.; 3TEN ACL Live, 310 West Willie Nelson Boulevard
  10. Mike Mackert from the UT Center for Health Communication and Stephen Pont, assistant professor of pediatrics at Dell Med and medical director for the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, will discuss health apps, digital health resources and other tools designed for people with low incomes and the greatest health needs. Other speakers include Nish Parekh, program director for client success at IBM Watson, and Baker Harrell, founder and CEO of It’s Time Texas. Dunking on Disparity: Health Tech for All, Tuesday, March 14, 12:30 p.m.; Austin Convention Center Room 9AB

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