It feels like a tipping point. Big Data, miniaturized low-cost electronics, wearable devices, nearly limitless connectivity, cloud storage that costs almost nothing: these technologies and more seem to be maturing at the same time, bringing the opportunity for unprecedented change to healthcare systems. The practice and delivery of medical services appear to be on the verge of an enormous transformation. And some of the best minds in the industry are gathering to talk about it. The New York eHealth Collaborative is hosting their fourth annual Digital Health Conference on November 17 and 18 at Pier Sixty in New York City.
The program is packed with presentations ranging from a keynote address by Eric Topol, MD, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, to in-depth panels covering wearables to Big Data’s ability to deliver truly personalized medical care. There will also be a series of three short TED-style talks covering topics from using data instead of doping to get a competitive advantage in athletics, to the “democratization” of brain sensing technology. There will also be an exhibit hall, as well as an Innovative Showcase where digital health companies from around the world will have an opportunity to demonstrate their product of service.
The very fact that an event like this is in its fourth year is strong evidence of a rapidly maturing market. I expect that the momentum towards massive change will continue to build.