2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, June 20th
3:30pm–04:30pm MDT
2019 Health
From Roe v. Wade to Obamacare: What Will the Courts Decide?

Courts play a pivotal role in determining what health services American receive, and how they are paid for. That’s been apparent in the challenges to the Affordable Care Act and it will be evident as advocates respond to the restrictive new abortion laws being passed in multiple states. The judicial system is also deeply involved in decisions that affect commerce, many of which have profound clini...

Koch Tent — Festival Previews
Friday, June 21st
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
The Business Case for Health: View from the C-Suite

About 40 percent of GDP in the United States is spent on either the health or financial industries, yet workers themselves are in increasingly dire health and financial straits. The plight of a large segment of the American public should be a siren call to sector leaders to align their business goals with actions that enhance household well-being and healthy communities. Fortunately, many industri...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2019 Health
What Will It Take to Prevent Dementia?

If we are lucky enough to reach age 85, we face a 25 percent chance of dementia, and the odds worsen with time. Some 50 million people worldwide were living with dementia in 2017, and that number is predicted to double every 20 years so that by 2050, the afflicted population will reach 132 million. The most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease, an invariably progressive condition that evolves from...

Koch Tent — Breakout
1:20pm–02:40pm MDT
2019 Health
Deep Dive: Artificial Intelligence on the Rise

Artificial intelligence is an increasingly valuable coin of the realm in medicine. It is already playing a role in disease diagnosis, drug development, surgery, maternal and child health, and even depression treatment, and some analysts believe that by 2026, AI could reduce annual health care costs in the United States by $150 billion. After a slow start, it is also gaining attention in lower-inco...

Koch Tent — Deep Dive
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Healthier Living through Innovation

Once inventions work their way into widespread use –- the Internet and the cell phone, the X-ray machine and the CT scanner –- we stop thinking about them as novelties, and start considering them inevitable. Today, the possibilities for health-related innovations seem greater than ever, as massive amounts of data and lightning-speed computers are coupled with evermore sophisticated scientific and...

Koch Tent — Breakout
4:10pm–05:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Rebuilding Patient Trust

Almost two-thirds of Americans don’t trust the medical system, according to a recent Gallup poll. The United States also ranked toward the bottom among survey respondents who agreed that “all things considered, doctors [in your country] can be trusted.” Rapid shifts in scientific knowledge, surprise billing, and broader suspicion of societal institutions have eroded consumer confidence, underminin...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
Saturday, June 22nd
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
Eliminating HIV: Progress, Possibilities, and Roadblocks

Can we end the HIV epidemic in the next five years? President Trump pledged in February to do just that, but it will take vigorous research, aggressive outreach, new global commitments, better access to evidence-based treatment, attitude changes — and resources. Although the viral infection has drawn less attention in recent years, some 37 million people still live with HIV/AIDS, including one mil...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2019 Health
Should We Overhaul the Drug Development and Pricing System?

The high cost of pharmaceuticals gets a lot of public attention, but that is only the endpoint of a long pipeline that moves drugs from the laboratory, to clinical testing, to approval, and into the marketplace. In the era of precision medicine, we urgently need a system that supports the development of innovative therapies at every step — but just as urgently, we need strategies that allow consum...

Koch Tent — Breakout
1:20pm–02:40pm MDT
2019 Health
Deep Dive: The Microbiome around the World

The human microbiome—those trillions of microbes that occupy the gut and many other parts of the body—plays a complex and intricate role in inflammatory diseases. One intriguing clue about its role is that place matters—the microbiome looks very different from one part of the world to another. Emigration and globalization reduce that diversity, with implications for biological systems that we don’...

Koch Tent — Deep Dive
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Ethical Artificial Intelligence: Oxymoron or Possibility?

The algorithms used in machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence are remarkable in the speed at which they can analyze vast quantities of data to identify patterns and detect disease. But because they capture historical trends, those same algorithms can mirror human bias and perpetuate the disparities that already plague health care. As the use of AI expands, questions need to be...

Koch Tent — Breakout
4:10pm–05:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Reaching Rural Populations

In thinly populated regions that stretch over vast territories, primary care is often a long journey from home and specialty services may be completely out of reach. Access to care in some isolated communities may be further complicated by cultural or language barriers, limited transportation networks, and poverty. But advocates working in the rural space are talking solutions, not problems – loca...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
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