New CDH Seminar Series Launching Fall 2023

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The Pivot to Virtual Care: Keeping the Momentum Post-COVID

In our first webinar ‘The Pivot to Virtual Care: Keeping the Momentum Post COVID-19’, we had an exciting discussion on virtualized care with 4 telehealth leaders from across the spectrum of digital health. Each of the speakers shared valuable learnings from the past few months and what the future holds for telehealth. The Q&A provided insights on institutional challenges, the future of reimbursement, the "digital divide," how we can use wearables and sensors, patient and user experiences and more.

The webinar was moderated by Mintu Turakhia, MD MAS, Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Digital Health. The speaker panel included:

Arrhythmia Identification and Management With Smartwatches: Where Are We Going?

November 20, 2019

With the widespread adoption of wearable technology, what have we learned about identifying and managing heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation and what does the future hold? In the November Workshop, the CDH's executive director, Mintu Turakhia discusses the landscape of wearable technology and the trends that are shaping the future of digital health. 

“My Surgical Success” A Digital Behavioral Pain Medicine Intervention

October 22, 2019

“My Surgical Success” shows the impact of a digital behavioral pain medicine intervention on time to opioid cessation after breast cancer surgery. Beth Darnall, PhD and Principal Investigator of the Stanford PCORI Project on Opioid and Pain Reduction (the EMPOWER study) will discuss how digital solutions are expanding access to behavioral pain management through tools like virtual reality and helping to reduce opioid dependence.

A Conversation with Dr. Amy Abernethy, Principal Deputy Commissioner & Acting CIO, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

September 5, 2019

The Center for Digital Health hosted a special event, a conversation with Amy Abernethy, the Principal Deputy Commissioner & Acting CIO of the US Food & Drug Administration. Dr. Abernethy, formerly Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, and Senior Vice President for Oncology at Flatiron Health (a member of the Roche Group), shared her experience and perspective on real-world evidence and regulatory innovation. Dr. Mintu Turakhia moderated the discussion.

MyHeart Counts: How Mobile Apps Expand Research Possibilities

July 11, 2019

How are mobile apps changing the way we think about heart disease? Dr. Steve Hershman, director of mHealth at Stanford University, discussed the MyHeart Counts study, which utilizes Apple’s ResearchKit platform to gather data on physical activity and other heart health-related parameters. Dr. Hershman was accompanied by Anna Shcherbina, who is the lead data scientist for MyHeart Counts. 

Big Data in Precision Health

May 22-23, 2019

Some of the brightest minds in healthcare, technology, and science came together at the 2019 Big Data in Precision Health conference to share insights about the social determinants of health, the intersection of HHS, Medicare/Medicaid, and big data, the embodiment of Precision Health in the Humanwide model, the impact of A.I. in the clinic, and the latest innovations in sleep technology. For additional details about the presentations, visit the Big Data in Precision Health website. Videos of the presentations and speakers should be available soon here.

The Future of Telehealth

April 25, 2019

How much will Telehealth impact the future of virtual care and change the patient experience? What are the benefits of implementing different telehealth tools and technologies? What are the challenges providers and clinicians face when thinking about patient engagement? Vandna Mittal, Director of Digital Health at Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and Tzielan Lee, Clinical Associate Professor for Pediatrics Rheumatology discuss the use of Telehealth and virtual care. 

Health Monitoring and Diabetes Technology

March 5, 2019

The March workshop featured a joint event with Stanford's Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR). Dr. Christy Tomkins-Lane, a visiting associate professor in the Wearable Health Lab, provided in-depth information about performance measurement, lifestyle intervention, and life insurance applications using wearables. Dr. Marina Basina presented an extensive overview of the evolution of diabetes technology, from the urine test to the artificial pancreas. Special thanks to the Stanford Wearable Electronics (eWEAR) Initiative for collaborating with us on this event.

Blockchain Technology in Healthcare

February 15, 2019

Is there a potentially interesting use case for blockchain technology in healthcare? What's the hype surrounding cryptocurrency, privacy-preserving blockchain, decentralization, distributed computing, and scalable data aggregation? Dr. Robert Chang talked about the psychology, trust, data ownership, and crowdsourcing as he researches blockchain technology applied to eye care and beyond.

Project Brave Heart: Virtual Reality and Cardiac Procedure preparation

January 17, 2019

Dr. Lauren Schneider, a clinical associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, and Dr. Anne Dubin, a professor of pediatrics, are co-investigators on Project Brave Heart. For this month’s workshop, they reviewed the pilot study, which looks at the use of virtual reality for cardiac procedure preparation for children in the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Neuromodulation and Wearable Therapies

November 13, 2018

November's joint seminar with eWEAR Initiative shared the latest research and digital health efforts in neuroscience! Johanna O’Day, a PhD candidate for Bioengineering at Stanford, presented her work in neuromodulation during gait in Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Samuel Hamner, the Director of Technology and Product Marketing at Cala Health, spoke on industry trends in wearable therapeutics, including a new class of electrical medicine that combines digital health and neurostimulation.

StartX: Is a Startup right for you? 

Looking to build your startup? StartX is a collection of serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, Stanford professors, and well-funded growth-stage startups that believes entrepreneurs can achieve more, as a group, than as individual

This workshop featured personalized advice and stories from successful Stanford StartX Digital Health entrepreneurs who, not long ago, were in your shoes.



Digital Health at Google: Improving the Online Health Experience for Users

August 7, 2018

Dr. Merritt is an emergency medicine physician who provides strategic direction for Google Health Search. Dr. Hsin is a psychiatrist and clinical lead of mental health data platforms at Verily. They shared Google Search's primary mission for health, as well as some of our core products and recent launches. We also discussed the future of digital health, as we work towards disseminating understandable, high-quality health information to one billion users.


Center for AI in Medicine & Imaging

July 10, 2018

Medical imaging is one of the fastest-moving areas of discovery, offering radiologists, pathologists, ophthalmologists, and practitioners in other image-rich disciplines the opportunity to augment their workflows with algorithms that are improving everyday. Join us as Dr. Curtis Langlotz discusses new artificial intelligence advancements in medicine and imaging. 


Digital Health Project Showcase 

June 7, 2018

This workshop shares an overview of current Stanford digital health projects.  CDH Apple Watch Seed Research Grant recipient Dr. Lorene Nelson and her team will discuss their initial vision for a migraine prediction app, their development and approval process, and future directions for the resulting code base.  Additionally, Dr. Matthew Smuck will discuss continuous monitoring of human physical performance.

Advancing Health-Tech Education 

May 23, 2018

Dr. Robson Capasso and Dr. Robert Chang discuss the potential of health hackathons to serve as engaging educational outlets, enabling cross-discipline learning, pairing engineering and medical students to build a mobile application for a clinical need.

Digital Health Funding Landscape

May 17, 2018

Rock Health discuss the digital health venture funding landscape. 2017 was a record-smashing year for digital health, with venture funding approaching $6B and the most mega deals ($100M+) to date. It’s clear that the early game has concluded and digital health is entering the “middle innings” as an investment sector.

Uses of CHOIR in Clinical Digital Health

March 13, 2018

Are you interested in patient registries and learning healthcare systems in digital health? Join us as Sean Mackey, Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine, illustrates the power of using the Collaborative Health Outcome Information Registry (CHOIR) in perioperative care and personalized medicine.

Navigating Institutional Approvals

February 28, 2018

Are you interested in launching a mobile research study? Chief Privacy Officer Wendi Wright and Senior IRB Manager Maria Aldeguer share their knowledge on mobile medical apps and how to ensure your project’s data is secure.

Health Research with Mobile Devices

Oct 12, 2017

Are you launching a mobile health research study?  Members from the SOM Research IT Team discuss mHealth server capabilities and other research support services.

How to Create a Mobile Research Study

September 20, 2017

Faculty members Euan Ashley and Oliver Aalami share lessons learned from creating MyHeart Counts and VascTrac.