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Rural West Initiative

Digital Health in the Rural American West Improving Population Health – From Anywhere, at Anytime

Monday, May 13, 2019 (All day)
Paul & Mildred Berg Hall
Li Ka Shing Center
291 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Join us for an interdisciplinary workshop exploring the potential and challenges of deploying digital health technologies more widely in the Rural American West. This often-overlooked region is characterized by vast distances, scarcity of care, and even fewer specialist providers. Co-hosted by Stanford Medicine and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, this one-day event seeks to examine how digital health technologies and policy can help address disparities in access, and treat specific health care crises such as opioid addiction, obesity, and mental health.

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Time Event
8:00–9:00 am Check in and Breakfast
9:00–9:15 am Welcome
9:15 – 10:00am Panel 1: Optimizing Digital Health to Improve Population Health
Identify and map digital health resources to population needs. Overcome non-clinical barriers to maximize health outcomes. Mobilize local communities to extend care team reach
10:00 – 10:45am Panel 2: Health Challenges in the Rural West: Opportunities for Digital Health
Discuss the twin epidemic health challenges (obesity and diabetes), and how digital health approaches can be used to prevent and combat the diseases, especially in the rural west – challenged by access to healthcare resources and technology.
10:45–11:00 am Break
11:00–11:45 am Panel 3: Bridging the Gap — How Digital Health Can Help Alleviate Mental Health Crises
Optimizing and expanding the use of technology and digital reality tools to expand access to treatment options to combat mental health challenges, particularly in underserved and geographically remote communities.
11:45 – 12:15 pm

Fireside Chat: Lessons From the Field

12:15–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–2:15 pm Panel 4: Digital Health Technology — Now and New Frontiers
Cutting-edge technologies and advancements to reach remote, rural areas. Designing technology to meet the needs of remote and often disadvantaged communities, including mobile technology and remote monitoring to understand changing environmental conditions.
2:15–3:00 pm Panel 5: Advancing Health Policy to Advance Digital Health
Is our current national and state health policy keeping pace with advances in digital health? Key challenges (access, privacy, cost, financial) and opportunities to align health policy with rapidly changing technology and increasing demands by consumers to access health care digitally.
3:00–3:15 pm Wrap-Up
  • Dean Lloyd Minor, MD and Bruce E. Cain, PhD


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