Precision Health in the News

Op-Eds by Dean Lloyd Minor

WSJ: One Doctor's Four Simple Steps for a Healthier Life — September 18, 2018 
When it comes to health, most people know to eat healthier and exercise. Consistently following these best practices is the challenge. To make a change for the healthier, try using these four science-backed steps.

Fortune: What the First Microscopes Teach Us About Electronic Health Records — June 5, 2018
It took 70 years before compound microscopes contributed to a scientific breakthrough. Like these microscopes, EHRs have the potential to transform health care but progress has been stunted.

WSJ: For Children in the Hospital, VR May Be the Cure — May 28, 2018
While a 9-year-old boy recovered last year from a go-karting accident, the bandages on his wounds need changing multiple times a day. It was a painful, anxiety-inducing ritual – until the boy was handed a virtual reality headset.

WSJ: ‘How Long Do I Have Left?’ AI Can Help Answer That Question — April 29, 2018
An algorithm isn’t going to make decisions for doctors or patients. But as we work to transform more terminal illnesses into treatable ones, artificial intelligence can help inform the difficult conversations about diseases that remain incurable.

Fortune: How Silicon Valley Can Help Fix Our Health Care System — March 19, 2018
Many are frustrated by the state of our health care system. However, partnerships with Silicon Valley companies are enabling providers to identify at-risk patients and map the transition from health to illness.

WSJ: How One Small Change Helped People Make Healthier Choices — October 20, 2017
Our health is affected by the decisions we make every day, and promoting healthy choices could dramatically stem the growing tide of chronic disease. Actually making healthier choices–as we all know–is an uphill battle.

WSJ: How Medical Schools Can Better Fight Burnout — September 12, 2017
Burnout is a worrisome crisis throughout the medical profession, but there is something uniquely troubling about the fact that medical students experience pressures so great that they burn out on the profession before they’ve even joined it.

Quartz: Doctors are Burning Out Because Electronic Medical Records are Broken — August 25, 2017
Too often, the realities of modern medical practice turn young doctors' idealism into despair. A major culprit is the electronic medical record, which prevents doctors from providing personalized attention and care.

Fortune: The Medical World Faces Revolution, but Must Change Its Mindset to Leverage It — April 26, 2017
Since the dawn of medicine, patient care has been reactive. Today's innovative technologies and research enable us to adopt a proactive approach that predicts, prevents, and cures disease – precisely.

WSJ: What Being a Doctor Did — and Didn’t — Teach Me About Leadership — April 12, 2017
The quick-acting, one-shot approach to getting things right in surgery is 180 degrees off when it comes to making decisions in a leadership position. My job today requires that I cultivate dialogue, build trust, incorporate feedback and move forward together.

WSJ: The Secret to Getting Young Men to Go to the DoctorMarch 3, 2017
In a recent study by ClickWell Care co-creators Sumbul Desai and Lauren Cheung, men were more likely than women to receive all of their care virtually – a finding that may affect how we engage with and deliver care to men going forward.

Quartz: The Immigration Ban Is Literally Bad for Your Health — February 27, 2017
I continue to be deeply concerned about recent efforts by the federal government to restrict immigration. Not only are such efforts antithetical to our values, but they also stand to impact the innovation we need to develop the cures of tomorrow. 

Forbes Tech: We Don't Just Need Precision Medicine, We Need Precision HealthJanuary 6, 2016
If the amazing scientific advances of recent years can help us more effectively treat disease based on individual factors, shouldn’t we also put them to work by helping us keep people from getting sick in the first place?


LinkedIn Posts by Dean Lloyd Minor

What It Will Take to Fix Electronic Health Records — September 17, 2018
Electronic health records hold enormous potential, but they have become a burdensome administrative tool. A Stanford Medicine white paper proposes an ambitious vision to fix EHRs within the next decade.

Three Pieces of Advice for Atul Gawande — August 15, 2018
As CEO of the joint health venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and J.P. Morgan, Atul Gawande faces a daunting challenge. Success will require a focus on overall health, building meaningful partnerships, and maintaining a long-term view.

Science Needs Your Help – My Message to Stanford Medicine Graduates — June 19, 2018 
Science is on trial today. And physicians, surgeons, researchers, and scientists have a responsibility to come to its defense. Though a societal issue, there are things individuals can do to affect change.

We're Roughly 10 Years into the EHR Experiment – Here's a Vision for the Next Decade — June 4, 2018
When it comes to electronic health records, there is good news and bad. While seven in 10 physicians say EHRs have improved over the last five years, nearly 60 percent believe that EHRs need a complete overhaul.

Will Doctors Be Replaced by Algorithms — May 1, 2018 
With artificial intelligence flourishing, will physicians soon be out of work? Though technologies are capable of superhuman feats, they do not replicate a doctor's bedside manner and empathy.

Science is on Trial. We Need Doctors to Provide the Defense — April 2, 2018 
Nothing illustrates better the struggle between science and skeptics than vaccines. The CDC shows unvaccinated rates among kindergarten students have risen in 11 states. It's time for scientists to take action.

At JPM 2018: Three Challenges That Will Define Health Care's Future — January 8, 2018
Each year, thousands attend the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference to discuss innovative approaches to conquering longstanding challenges. Despite this progress, many more challenges exist. Here are three of the biggest.

Shifting the Mindset from High-Cost Health Care to High-Value — November 20, 2017
The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country, but ranks near last in many quality measures. Recent research indicates that adopting the best features within high-value practices could save $300 billion annually. 

Hard Cases: The Importance of Hearing Your Patients — October 11, 2017
It may be easy to dismiss vague and unusual symptoms, but listening closely to patients is the ultimate medicine. Every day, new medical technologies are employed, but their value is stunted without listening.

When Health Professionals Have Empathy, Patients Aren't the Only Ones Who Benefit — October 3, 2017
Doctors encounter patients at some of the most critical moments of their lives. This is why empathy and seeing the patient as a whole person is indispensable to Stanford Medicine's Precision Health vision.

Does Big Data Offer Big Promise or Big Hype? — July 17, 2017
Big data is leading the charge in the battle against cancer and other diseases, but it is not being used to its full potential. Stanford Medicine’s Health Trends Report identifies the progress and opportunities with big data in health care.

Recent Grads: Be Comfortable With Change — June 20, 2017 
The shortest distance from point A to point B is…under construction. When people, and especially doctors, recognize that their lives are in a constant state of change, it allows them to become stronger and smarter.

Breaking Down the Wall Between You and Your Doctor — June 8, 2017
When doctors stare at a computer entering patient information, it creates a wall between them and their patients. Despite all the good electronic health records have done, they need to evolve from a billing tool to a Precision Health resource. 

The Next Big Idea in Health Care — May 5, 2017
Every day, 1,650 Americans die of cancer. Despite great progress in fighting this disease, more work remains. Now, more than ever, big ideas are necessary, and the Cancer Moonshot initiative could be the key to this change.

Want to Solve a Health Challenge? Ask for Help. — April 26, 2017 
Insurmountable challenges often whither when examined through a different lens. That’s why collaborations between medical researchers and others outside their field are so crucial to advancing health care.

America's Newest Doctors Meet Their Match: Some Words of Advice from a Dean of Medicine — March 17, 2017
There's nothing quite like the excitement and anxiety of Match Day. As graduating residents learn where they will continue their training as resident physicians, here are some pieces of advice to consider.

The ACA Hangs in the Balance – All the More Reason to Stop Getting Sick — January 30, 2017
With the future of the Affordable Care Act now hanging in the balance, we have to double-down on our efforts to avoid getting sick altogether. This will require the incredible courage to create whole new approaches for overcoming disease.

Can the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Stanford Really Beat Disease? I Think So. — September 21, 2016
A collaboration between Stanford, UC San Francisco, and UC Berkeley, the new Biohub will engage in basic research projects with the aim of curing all diseases by the end of the century. Fundamental research is our most constant and reliable engine of discovery. 

Does Precision Health Sound Like Futuristic Hype? It's Not. Here's Why It's Way More Promising Than Many Realize. — July 14, 2016
The ultimate goal of Precision Health is to bring about a world where we use all relevant knowledge to prevent disease before it strikes and cure it decisively if it does. It’s a world in which we enable our bodies to be their best, from the start.

The Future of Health Care Must be Predictive and Preventive—Here's Why — May 3, 2016
By collecting and analyzing large and diverse datasets, we can break new ground on what it means to be a healthy human being, and explain why people get ill, how to prevent illness and which treatments work best for whom.


Dean and Precision Health Mentions

Conversations on Healthcare: Lloyd Minor on Apple Heart Study, Biomedical Revolution and Precision Health — July 2, 2018
Data, artificial intelligence, and telehealth are transforming the health care industry. Dean Lloyd Minor discusses how these factors will impact medical education in the future.

Modern Healthcare (Jackie Harris): Q&A with Stanford Dean Lloyd Minor on Harnessing Technology for Future Physicians — April 21, 2018
Technology has a greater role in health care than ever before, which changes not only how medical students are trained but also the relationships that academic medical centers form and how studies are conducted.

Fierce Healthcare (Evan Sweeney): Lloyd Minor on Expectations for the Apple Heart Study and Leveraging Silicon Valley Connections — February 1, 2018
What is the key to integrating technology into medical care? Ensuring that high-tech enables high-touch. Collaborations with Silicon Valley companies and the proliferation of consumer devices are making this possible.

San Francisco Business Times (Ron Leuty): The iPhone, Blockchain, and Other Themes for Biotech and Health Care — January 12, 2018 
What are the latest trends in health care? Dean Lloyd Minor discusses challenges facing the health care industry, how to stem return visits to the emergency room, and the Bay Area as health care entrepreneurship hub.

ZDNet (Jo Best): Could Your Apple Watch Save Your Life? — January 3, 2018
Around one in four people will experience atrial fibrillation in their lifetime. However, the true incidence of AFib is unknown becuase it can be intermittent. Using the Apple Watch, the Apple Heart Study is designed to identify atrial fibrillation. 

Financial Times (John Thornhill): Technology is the Tool to Spur a Healthcare Revolution — May 15, 2017 
Around the world, people cite the need to transition towards value-based health care. This shift places greater emphasis on prevention, precision, and personalization, and technology will play a big role in this evolution of health care.

Wall Street Journal (Steve Rosenbush): Algorithms Will Drive Future Health Gains, Dean of Stanford Medical School PredictsApril 21, 2017
Today's equivalent to the development of vaccines and antibiotics just may be the ability to synthesize massive amounts of data. Dean Lloyd Minor contends that innovation is at the algorithmic level.

Fortune Daily (Clifton Leaf): Why 'Precision Medicine' Isn't Precise Enough — April 10, 2017
If precision medicine is the wrong goal, what is the right one? Precision Health. More than semantics, Precision Health aims to predict, prevent, and cure – precisely. Precision medicine encompasses just the cure component.