SXSW 2017: Your guide to all things health tech

Headed to Austin for SXSW? Lucky you. There’s plenty in store for digital health aficionados, and we’re especially excited to catch some of the Rock Health family in the mix. CEOs David Vivero of Amino and Noah Lang of Stride bring their depth of consumer experience to the conversation on healthcare decision-making, and Sano’s Ashwin Pushpala will discuss how emerging technology in health isn’t just for the sci-fi movies anymore. And don’t miss the launch of Connect to End Cancer, featuring Halle Tecco and the CEO of The Biden Foundation, which encourages collaboration among entrepreneurs, VCs, industry execs, and attendees to use digital health to transform cancer care.

We’ve gone through and put together your go-to healthcare events guide—all that’s left for you to do is show up. So pack your bags and grab your badge (and don’t forget the BBQ)!

Friday, March 10th

Privacy in Emerging Health Technologies
11am-12pm at Austin Convention Center, Room 9AB

With multiple generations using mobile devices and social tools, there are now different levels of comfort around privacy. Kate Black, 23andMe’s Privacy Officer, will share what the company has learned and how this info can broadly inform the next generation of digital health products.

Why Aren’t We Shopping For Health Care?
12:30-1:30pm at Austin Convention Center, Room 9AB

Americans spend 16% of their annual income on healthcare—yet they’re incredibly passive when it comes to doing research and making decisions. Stride’s Noah Lang and Amino’s David Vivero chime in on what it will take to empower consumers to take the driver’s seat in their care.

Health IT Developer Meetup
3:30-4:30pm at JW Marriott, Room 207

A must-attend meetup for health IT developers, investors, and enthusiasts. Come with a “Twitter introduction” of yourself and leave with a game plan of all the conference’s top talks on healthcare and health technology (to supplement this one, of course).

To Build in Health, Follow the $, Not the Patient
3:30-4:30pm at Austin Convention Center, Room 8ABC

Starting anything new is hard—especially in healthcare. Hear from Carine Carmy, Head of Marketing at Amino, and others as they discuss business design and customer discovery in healthcare.

Innovators for Women’s Health Launch
6:30pm at Box Austin Office, One American Center Building – 600 Congress Ave., Floor 24

Now, more than ever, there is work to be done to ensure that women around the country have access to high-quality, affordable health care. Join Box and Planned Parenthood for a gathering of tech innovators to discuss how individuals and companies can stand up, speak out, and take action. The leadership panel includes Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood.

Saturday, March 11th

The Future of Dynamic Innovations in Healthcare
9:30-10:30am at Austin Convention Center, Room 9AB

Explore how doctors are using technology in ways you’ve never thought of before—and what the future of telemedicine looks like.

Hacking Your Health: Future or Fail?
9:30-10:30am at Austin Convention Center, Room 8ABC

In this panel featuring the Director of Health at IDEO, industry innovation leaders come face-to-face with unconventional startups and makers to discuss how we can build a better future and better health for us all.

Health Data: WTF? We’ve Been to the Moon, But…!
12:30-1:30pm at Hilton Austin Downtown, Austin Chamber of Commerce

In 1969, we put a man on the moon. It’s now 2017, and while it shouldn’t be, obtaining a complete copy of your health record seems to be nothing short of rocket science. Spoiler alert: it’s not a tech issue.

Medicaid: An Undiscovered $500B Market
3:30-4:30pm at Austin Convention Center, Room 8ABC

While entrepreneurs and investors alike are flocking to Medicare-funded delivery models, Medicaid is largely being ignored by the innovation system. Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services will identify the massive opportunities to create unicorns in a market serving 65M of the most vulnerable Americans.

Digital Healthcare Meetup
5-6pm at JW Marriott, Room 207

Start off your Saturday evening by connecting with a community of digital health professionals, developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators, all in one place.

Sunday, March 12th

Connect to End Cancer
11am-3pm at Austin Convention Center, Room 8ABC

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the AT&T Connected Health Foundry, and Merck & Co., Inc. are launching an initiative to identify and unite innovators, ideas, and health technology providing transformational cancer care to patients around the world. Catch Rock Health co-founder Halle Tecco on the 2pm panel alongside Greg Simon, CEO of The Biden Foundation.

Monday, March 13th

Collaborative Innovation in the Digital Health Age
9:30-10:30am at Austin Convention Center, Ballroom EFG

Join Johnson & Johnson and IBM’s top executives as the consumer wellness and big data giants discuss cross-industry partnerships and the convergence of health and IT that’s delivering improved health outcomes.

Impact Pediatric Health
9:30am, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B

Ten finalists will pitch eight top-ranked pediatric hospitals with a shared goal: to ensure that the kids of today and tomorrow are born healthy—and that when they’re sick, there are innovative ways to manage, diagnose, and treat their diseases.

From Holodeck to Healthcare
12:30PM-1:30pm at Austin Convention Center, Room 8ABC

Tech startups are embracing healthcare’s biggest challenges at a rapid pace as the race to transform healthcare intensifies. Hear how Sano’s Ashwin Pushpala is seeking to make improved patient experience a reality.

Health Tech & Tonic
4-5pm at Piranha Killer Sushi, 207 San Jacinto Blvd.

Mingle over cocktails and appetizers and join GlaxoSmithKline, Medidata, and Validic—plus special guest Mike McConnell, Head of Cardiovascular Health Innovations at Verily Life Sciences.

ATX Startup Crawl
5-10pm at Omni Downtown, 700 San Jacinto Blvd.

Stop by the Amazon booth at the Omni Hotel to meet with AWS, Amazon Launchpad, Amazon Alexa, and Amazon Business. The biggest startup party of SXSW is open to the public and badge holders. Download the app on Apple and Android to RSVP.

Tuesday, March 14th

Giving Back: How Returning Data Can Improve Health
9:30-10:30am at Austin Convention Center, Room 8ABC

The tech industry knows that user data is valuable. So do researchers. What might it mean for personal and public health if they collaborated to understand what works best for the public to increase data sharing and participation in research?

Dunking on Disparity: Health Tech For All
12:30-1:30pm at Austin Convention Center, Room 9AB

Why aren’t more health tools reaching low-income individuals, and what does it take to earn them as active users? Leveraging technology to create health equity is the challenge we must solve—and these panelists are up to it.

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