Digital technologies have fundamentally transformed the entire health care ecosystem. Surgeon-controlled robots perform surgeries from other cities, Electronic Medical Records store our health histories, and we use the internet to seek information about everything from the side-effects of medications to how our physician is rated by other patients. In the U.S. alone, it's estimated that 35% of adults have gone online to get information about a medical condition, and one-fifth of smartphone owners have health apps.
Since the health and technology field is so diverse, Burlington NetSquared, together with University of Vermont Continuing Education and University of Vermont College of Medicine, decided to host an event highlighting innovations across a range of health-related topics. On February 13, we brought together a panel of Vermonters who shared stories about how they are using digital technologies to help support the health and well-being of communities around the world.
Our all-star line-up included:
Jill Jemison, director of technology services at the UVM College of Medicine, who spoke about how the school is using technology in and out of the classroom to prepare its students for a future where technology is playing an increasingly important--and disruptive--role.
Lewis Mitchell of UVM's Computational Story Lab, who talked about how to quantify and measure the happiness of cities and states using social media data, particularly Twitter, and a technique he and his colleagues are calling 'hedonometrics'.
Deb Van Dyke of the Global Health Media Project, who shared the transformational work her organization is doing producing live-action and animated videos to educate frontline health workers in the developing world.
Hannah Judge and Anna Clements, founders of Broad Street Maps, which equips grassroots health organizations with open-source mapping techniques to visualize and improve their services.
Katie McCurdya User Experience Designer & Researcher who uses design, empathy, and love to empower patients and improve healthcare. Katie spoke as a patient with 20 years’ experience with the autoimmune disease Myasthenia Gravis. Her goal is to help people live healthier and happier lives, and she’s especially interested in using data visualization to help simplify the complex and promote behavior change.