The Atlantic Health Forum

March 18, 2015


New Fiber Batteries Will Revolutionize Wearables

Amanda Parkes, Chief Technology Officer for Manufacture NY, wants to make a better - flexible, washable, fashionable - battery for wearable devices.

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: Why I Hope to Die at 75

Bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who helped architect the Affordable Care Act, argues that by age 75 you're at a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, disability, and losing productivity and creativity.

Fitbit CEO James Park: We Need a MagicBand for Hospitals

Fitbit CEO James Park wants to focus on fitness and multi- device support, drawing inspiration from Disney's MagicBand.

Gabrielle Glaser: Alcoholics Anonymous Is Irrational

Mental health journalist Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best-Kept Secret, argues that  success in Alcoholics Anonymous is measured in faith not facts.

Inside An Ebola Clinic In West Africa

Dr. Brian D'Cruz, an emergency physician who's worked with Doctors Without Borders, describes balancing care and risk at Ebola clinics in West Africa.

Is Health Care a Business or a Common Good?

Shannon Brownlee, Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute, says health care isn't democratic right now, but it could be with new tech and community input.

Next Health Crisis: Hospital Acquired Infections

Dr. Anthony Fauci points to antibiotic resistant microbes as a looming health threat in the United States that does not receive as much attention as the threat of danger might warrant.

Young White Men Are 'Double Jeopardy' for Suicide Risk

Sally Spencer-Thomas, psychologist and Co-Founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, discusses why young white males are considered '"double jeopardy" for suicide risk, and how this relates to veterans. 

About this conference

The Atlantic will convene a group of physicians, technologists, researchers, business leaders, advocates, legislators, health policy thought leaders and practitioners to examine the trends in health care today, with an eye to understanding how individual patient and physician experiences are evolving as health practices and policies change.

In the past year, health issues dominated the news, demonstrating the dynamism-and dysfunction-of the health sector. Ebola spread abroad and measles spread at home, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised awareness and money in unprecedented amounts, wearables became more common than wrist watches and debates over Obamacare continued as enrollments rose and new leadership arrived on Capitol Hill.

The Atlantic's seventh annual Health Forum will take a close look at these critical new developments in an attempt to understand how big shifts shape individual experiences.

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About The Atlantic

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