Innovations In Health

Innovations In Health
Due to the breadth of certain topics, three program tracks will offer conversations across both Fest 1 and Fest 2. Additionally, focused attention will be given to four different subjects during each half of the Festival. Spotlight: Health kicks off the week as a focused, two-and-a-half day forum.
Innovations in Health
Innovations in Health
If we know anything with certainty – whatever the political and economic climate, regardless of any domestic and global shocks that come our way – it is that we will keep seeing innovations in health. Ingenuity is a force that simply can not be held back.
Some of those innovations will involve the process by which we do things. Will the Affordable Care Act guide us to new strategies for delivering and paying for care? Is it time to revisit the entire ecosystem of drug and device development? Can we deliver more health services to isolated regions of the globe through e-medicine, micro-clinics, or other "last-mile" health care strategies? How far can unlikely partnerships, novel payment strategies, complementary medicine, and patient empowerment take us as strategies for improving health?
Emerging new voices and changing global leadership will likely be as disruptive as they are impactful. How will more empowered women and young people transform health around the world? What is the spirit that inspires people like Malala Yousufz, the Pakistani girl who survived an attempt on her life for promoting girls' education, and how can we bottle it?
Extraordinary new technologies may be the defining feature of the next decade and beyond. Robots are already in the operating room – where else might we soon be meeting them? What is the future of reproductive health, stem cell research, and artificial organs, and where will the advances lead? What can we expect from the science of genetics? How far can we go in blending biology and the silicon chip? What innovations will broaden access to safe water, good sanitation, better maternal and child care, and affordable therapeutics, and who will pay for them?
2014