WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers

October 15 - 16, 2012


Better Healthcare Monitoring: The Toenail Growth Tracker

Wired's Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly discuss one of the extreme ways some people quantify their lives.

Michael Graves: Designing for the Man Who Can't Sit Down

Michael Graves, celebrated architect and Founding Partner of Michael Graves & Associates/Michael Graves Design Group, recounts the story of how the simple design of a chair can impact someone's life.

Smolan: How Big Data's Magic Carpet Keeps Mom Safe

Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Productions, shares the possible future of healthcare: a gamified device that enables people to monitor their health before complicating problems arise.

Craig Venter: At the Final Frontier of Synthetic Biology

Craig Venter, CEO & President, Synthetic Genomics, shares the latest advancements in synthetic genomic research and technology. According to Venter, synthetic biological organisms are not far away.

Eric Topol: Nanosensors in Blood Warn of Heart Attack

Eric Topol, Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute, introduces the coming future of biotechnology. Topol declares that soon sensors, powered by our bloodstream, will be able to analyze potential health dangers in our bodies. 

Wolfram's Future of Monitoring Health: 'Stock Charts'

Stephen Wolfram, President & CEO, Wolfram Research, predicts that health research and care will begin to resemble financial and stock market models for investment.

GE's Approach to Healthcare: Transparency of Pricing

Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Healthymagination, offers her solution to controlling rising healthcare costs: make costs transparent to enable greater responsibility.

Gigi Hirsch of MIT: The Dramatic Success of Treating HIV

Gigi Hirsch, Executive Director of Center for Biomedical Innovation the MIT, talks about the success of treating the HIV virus in the United States. Hirsch credits this achievement with a drug culture that tolerates a higher degree of risk in exchange to potentially discover a life saving drug.

Google's Healthy Employee Strategy: Hiding the M&Ms

Jennifer Kurkoski, Manager of People & Innovation Lab at Google, discusses the tactics Google is using to keep a fitter, healthier workforce.

Personal Health Ecology: Monitoring the Dynamic Curve

Alan Greene, Chief Medical Officer of Scanadu, demonstrates how Scanadu's new monitoring device will empower users to personally track and analyze their health.

Andy Grove: Health Industry Shrugs at Price Transparency

Andy Grove, former Chairman & CEO of Intel, posits the argument that the health industry could be transformed with transparent pricing. Grove asserts that the health providers stand in the way of providing true transparency.

Big Barriers to Using Robots at Hospital Bedsides

Yulun Wang, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of inTouch Health, discusses some of the fears patients have of care robots.

Christakis: Want to Stop Smoking? Change Your Cluster

Nicholas Christakis, Director of the Human Nature Laboratory at Harvard University, explains how you can quit smoking by simply changing who you interact with.

Getting Gased: A Better Way to Teach New Recruits

Rhonda Cornum, former Director of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Initiative for the US Army, details new initiatives to change the training of Army recruits. Cornum highlights a new policy that will temper drill sergeant screaming, and she argues that that tactic is a more effective training method.

Ashton Eaton: Why Track Stars Keep Getting Better

Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton explains why track stars - and athletes in general - continue to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

Measuring Poop: Weirdest Thing Tim Ferriss Ever Tracked

Tim Ferriss, author The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body, shares the weirdest thing he's ever tracked: measuring his poop. 

Nicholas Felton Experiences Downside of Data Hoarding

Nicholas Felton, graphic designer of Feltron.com, shares the downside of recording and organizing every piece of life's collectible data.

Pill Box of Sensors Reveals Cognitive Decline in Seniors

Anind K. Dey, Associate Professor of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, demonstrates a device that tracks the success of a senior's prescription medicine routine.

About this conference

On October 15 and 16 in New York City, WIRED and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will launch a new conversation on the future of healthcare with 200 expert leaders from the worlds of medicine, science, technology, and business.

The WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers will deliver a clear, compelling argument that today there is a new opportunity to bring data into real-time decision-making for doctors, researchers, hospitals, and individuals. This combination has the potential to transform people's lives.

The conference will span the gap between healthcare and technology, connecting pioneering researchers with ambitious entrepreneurs. First and foremost, it will be a forum for ideas. Expect new connections, new opportunities, and new insights in how better data is driving us all toward better health.


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