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Expert speakers on the future of medicine and global healthcare

From wearable devices telling us how to measure and manage our health, to billions of dollars being spent by governments and private donors worldwide on healthcare reform, digitalisation and forward thinking innovation is driving significant disruption in the global healthcare industry.

Obamacare is changing healthcare in the US, whilst in China the ailing healthcare system is predicted to be modernised by tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent, who are looking to develop online prescription-drug sales and reshape the country’s $149 billion market.

Here are some speakers who offer insights into these disruptions by connecting them to the economy, healthy lifestyles, management and more. They also prioritise the healthcare issues facing the world today, share solutions on how to mitigate risks, and generate discussion on the impact of future healthcare technologies.

Linda Douglass speaker

Linda Douglass: former Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform (2009-10).

Paul Farmer speaker

Paul Farmer: renowned doctor, medical anthropologist & Founding Director of Partners In Health.

Suneel Gupta speaker

Suneel Gupta: co-founder & CEO of RISE, using mHealth to tackle America’s obesity epidemic.

Sarah Harper speaker

Sarah Harper: global thought leader & government advisor on the demographics of the 21st century.

Michio Kaku speaker

Michio Kaku: widely known populariser of science & expert on disruptive future heathcare tech.

Daniel Kraft speaker

Daniel Kraft: pioneering physician-scientist, inventor & entrepreneur in biomedicine.

Trudie Lang speaker

Trudie Lang: drives improvement in global heath by using the latest innovations in digital technology.

Jim O’Neill speaker

Jim O’Neill: appointed by British PM David Cameron to Chair a Review into AMR (antimicrobial resistance).

Jill Bolte Taylor speaker

Jill Bolte Taylor: Harvard-trained neuroanatomist and best-selling author of “Stroke of Insight” (2008).


James Vaupel speaker

James Vaupel: expert on the impact that demographics will have on the economy of the future.








Vivek Wadhwa on the promising future of medicine

In his latest Washington Post column, Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University, focuses on the future of medicine, and predicts that an era of data-driven, crowdsourced, participatory, genomics-based medicine awaits us.

Vivek asserts that disruptive technologies are well on their way to prevent illness and disease, which will “turn the entire medical system on its head and increase the quality of our lives.”

The advances in smart phone and wearable technology in particular are cause for such excitement. We are now able to measure almost every aspect of our day to day life and manage our health accordingly using apps, sensors and the Internet, which enables the expansion of the already fast-growing field of Telemedicine and mHealth [for an example, check out Suneel Gupta and his work at Rise Labs].

Consequently, Vivek believes that “our doctors—or their artificial intelligence replacements—will prescribe medicines or lifestyle changes based on our full medical history, holistic self, and genetic composition.”

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