Moving Data, Not Patients

Prof. Avi Seidmann, PhD on using tech to age in place

By StartUp Health  |  Aug. 16, 2017  |  This article originally appeared in Health Transformer

“We hope to find solutions that will make it easier for individuals to stay in the home as long as possible,” said Dr. Seidmann (left).

The D stands either for disruptive health or digital health,” explained Dr. Avi Seidmann, the chairman of the d.health Summit and a professor at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. “But the notion is technology matters a lot when it comes to medicine.”

Dr. Seidmann was speaking with Unity Stoakes, president of StartUp Health, at the StartUp Health Village in New York City. They talked about the d.health Summit, and why Dr. Seidmann believes technology will make it easier for the elderly to age in place.

“By combining the politicians, the innovators, and the leading clinicians, we get a very interesting platform of discussion,” Seidmann said. “We want to educate, but we equally want to learn and develop a community that promotes the use of digital technology in getting better health.”

“We hope to find solutions that will make it easier for individuals to stay in the home as long as possible.”

Enabling seniors to successfully age in place is important for us, too. In the Moonshot Academy, we’re mentoring hundreds of Health Transformers, several of whom are focused on achieving our Longevity Moonshot. By giving these Health Transformers the tools they need to successfully access capital, partners, and customers, we’re helping them fulfill their mission to extend the average human lifespan by 50 healthy years.

“Solutions that reduce the amount of labor with the use of technology make it easier for individuals to stay in a dignified way in the home as long as possible,” Dr. Seidmann added.

In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Dr. Seidmann describes the mission of the d.health Summit, and explains why he believes technology is becoming a power multiplier for physicians.

“We are only starting to scratch the surface as to how to use those technologies in providing care for patients,” admitted Dr. Seidmann. “We’ve got some amazing results, and we keep pushing on this frontier.”

“Because it’s much easier to move data than to move patients.”

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