Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community


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Christopher Dawes, CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine; and Amir Dan Rubin, CEO of Stanford Health Care..


Stanford University is well known as the heart of Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship, where companies like Google, Cisco Systems, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo and Netflix — to name a few — have marked their beginnings. For Stanford Medicine, this reciprocal relationship has been key to our goal to lead the biomedical revolution in Precision Health. In research, innovation, patient care and philanthropy, Silicon Valley has been a wide-ranging collaborator, helping to advance technology that connects patients with caregivers, improve the basic understanding of disease and use the tools of big data analysis to help predict and prevent disease and deliver care that is more personalized and precise.

Most recently, we partnered with Apple on two “mHealth” projects, which use data voluntarily provided from mobile devices to advance medical practice and public health. In one project, doctors at Stanford Children’s Health are utilizing Apple’s HealthKit to remotely assess continuous glucose monitoring data from patients with type 1 diabetes between clinic visits. The blood glucose readings move passively from a family’s mobile device to the patient’s electronic health record via HealthKit, and that data is automatically assessed for any trends that may call for intervention.

In another project, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, using Apple’s new ResearchKit software framework, launched a first-of-its-kind, free iPhone app that allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own heart and how to improve it. The app, called MyHeart Counts, delivers data about physical activity and cardiac risk factors to Stanford scientists studying the prevention and treatment of heart disease — the leading cause of death worldwide.

The power of data in studies like the MyHeart Counts app is driven by Stanford Medicine’s Biomedical Data Science Initiative, a collaborative effort among medical researchers, computer scientists, statisticians and physicians to use large-scale computing and data analysis to achieve powerful transformations in human health and scientific discovery. Earlier this year, Stanford hosted its third annual Big Data in Biomedicine Conference, in which leading experts from academia, industry and government shared the very latest in genomics, population health, neuroimaging, statistics, and immunological, ethical and legal issues in data use, among other topics. The conference has led to many fruitful collaborations in the big data arena.

Other Silicon Valley collaborators, such as Cisco, have helped Stanford Medicine capitalize on the latest advances in communication, enabling us to be among the first to offer virtual visits for our patients. Virtual care is especially important in locations where a shortage of specialists or long travel times make access to care difficult. Virtual visits, combined with in-person care, help to improve continuity and quality of care, reduce wait times and increase access.

Stanford Health Care offers eCare visits by phone or videoconference, and its new ClickWell Care allows patients the option of a “virtual” primary care physician for even greater convenience and flexibility. Beyond primary care, Stanford Health Care also offers video visits for skin conditions using Cisco’s HealthPresence technology. At Stanford Children’s Health, discharged patients can benefit from a “virtual rapid response” program for remote consults with intensive care specialists based at El Camino Hospital without the need for a return visit.

Silicon Valley philanthropy, through the Stanford Medicine Corporate Partners Program, also has been key in developing creative solutions to improve patient care and promote lifelong health. Today, these partners include Adobe, Apple, Cisco, eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit, NVIDIA, Oracle, PayPal and VMware. Thanks to the help of these partners, Stanford Medicine continues to deliver proactive, predictive medicine to improve health for people in the Bay Area and around the globe.

Together, the many elements of Stanford Medicine’s dynamic relationship with Silicon Valley add up to a robust environment of innovation, collaboration and leadership in the biomedical revolution. Our shared inspiration to drive rapid, meaningful advances in our complementary areas of expertise — technology, medical research and health care — promises a future of breakthrough ideas and better health for people everywhere.

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