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Dell Med at SXSW 2020: Solutions to Complex Health Care Problems

Jan. 29, 2020

SXSW 2020 is fast approaching — March 13 to 22 — and Dell Medical School experts will be discussing the new research, care models and technologies that are revolutionizing health care in Austin and beyond. Ready to dive into the conversation? Add the following sessions to your SXSW schedule to join in!

Dell Med at SXSW 2020

PitchTexas: Student Pitch Competition

March 13, 5-6 p.m.
In the opportunity of a lifetime, student-led startups will compete live at SXSW to win over entrepreneurs, investors and educators for a chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes. Speakers include The University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves and Dell Med’s Mellie Price, executive director of commercialization for the health ecosystem and managing director of the Texas Health CoLab. The Texas McCombs MBA Entrepreneurship Society, a graduate student organization at the McCombs School of Business, created and runs the competition, which is in its seventh year.

Cities for Humans: Scaling Solutions for Health

March 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
The diseases that humanity faces today are very different from a century ago. Noncommunicable diseases are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide. The rise of NCDs has been driven by risk factors like physical inactivity, tobacco use, harmful consumption of alcohol and unhealthy diets. We need to establish collaboration and find solutions to prevent diseases and improve population health in a sustainable way. Join leaders — including Stacey Chang, executive director of the Design Institute for Health — to learn about initiatives where the use of technology, big data and design help us to reshape urban environments and health systems to enable this transformation and move faster for a future with a healthier society.

Data-Driven Strategies for Advancing Health Equity

March 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
It’s not hard to look at the data on health outcomes and identify stark disparities in race, gender, geography and orientation. Disparities are everywhere. What is hard, but absolutely essential, is finding ways to use data to develop and guide programs to reduce those inequities. In this session, hear from Dell Med’s Jewel Mullen, M.D., MPH, associate dean for health equity; David Lakey, M.D., vice chancellor for health affairs and chief medical officer for The University of Texas System; and Benjamin Lê Cook, director of the Health Equity Research Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance. These three national experts — who work at the intersection of big data, health and racial inequity — will look at what’s already being done, what questions remain unanswered and where to go from here.

Patients Calling the Shots: Dementia-Friendly Care

March 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
What if the wants and needs of people experiencing cognitive changes were the primary drivers of how a clinic cares for its patients? What if detection and treatment of cognitive difficulties could happen within the comfort of the patient’s own home? The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences Comprehensive Memory Center at UT Health Austin has developed an innovative model for providing person-centered dementia care and using technology to facilitate diagnosis and treatment. Dive in with this expert panel — manager of the Comprehensive Memory Center Alyssa Aguirre, LCSW-S; director of the Comprehensive Memory Center Robin Hilsabeck, Ph.D., ABPP; interim director of the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences David Paydarfar, M.D.; and caregiver Steven Long — as they discuss the future of dementia care at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences.

Prakash Jayakumar: Mentor

March 17, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
At this Mentor Session, a limited number of pre-registrants and walk-ups will get a chance to meet with Prakash Jayakumar, M.D., Ph.D, an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. Meeting with this mentor is highly recommended if you are interested in career development, design or research.

Protecting Pregnancy With Smartphones

March 17, 2-2:15 p.m.
Women in the U.S. are more likely to die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world. Unlike other leading causes of death such as cancer or Alzheimer's disease, birth-related deaths are largely preventable. Today, however, most adverse pregnancy outcomes are not predictable and thus cannot be avoided, partly because of a lack of medical data. Join Kelly Gaither, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Women’s Health, to learn about a project that will use smartphones to passively monitor the activity and behavior of 1,000 pregnant women in the Austin area. The ultimate goal is to develop digital phenotypes, or profiles, to better understand factors that influence pregnancy and can inform individualized pregnancy care.

Evolution of Machine Learning in Modern Surgery

March 17, 2:15-2:30 p.m.
Machine learning represents a powerful augment for the modern surgeon. Through the lifecycle of a surgeon-patient relationship, ML can help improve care before, during and after an operation. A future where every step of a surgeon’s patient encounter is improved with ML is not far away. There are hurdles, however, and innovators will have to find comprehensive, high-quality data, navigate regulatory oversight and overcome physician bias. In this Focus15 session, hear from Romil Shah, M.D., an orthopaedic surgery resident at Dell Med who researches health care applications of emerging technologies.