Science & Technology Visionary Ira Flatow Scheduled to Moderate Day One Keynote at Digital Health Summit at the 2012 International CES

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Keynote will bring together influential and lauded health and technology experts Greg Lucier, Eric J. Topol, M.D. and Reed Tuckson, M.D. to discuss the role of science and technology in shaping the future of digital health

The Digital Health Summit at the 2012 International CES is pleased to announce the participation of veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow as moderator of a special day one keynote that will explore the future of digital health. The session takes place on January 11, 2012, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall N250.

Joining Flatow will be an esteemed panel of health and technology industry experts including, Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and CEO, Life Technologies, Eric J. Topol, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health, Vice-Chair, West Wireless Health Institute, Author, Creative Destruction of Medicine, and Reed Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group. The panel is being developed with the support of Scientific American, the nation’s longest-running magazine and the leader in promoting scientific development and its benefits to a wider consumer audience.

The coupling of science and technology has always been important to advancing the future of health care. With innovation at the heart of their intersection, the next era of health care will rely on their continued union to help develop solutions that will not only deliver better care and increase patient outcomes while reducing costs, but also arm consumers with solutions that will enable them to manage their health wherever they may be.

As the race to improve the quality of people’s lives continues its dramatic trajectory, science and technology will no doubt lead the way, serving as a catalyst to improve all of our lives. How will both push the boundaries of delivering better care and living healthier lives?

“There are catalytic ideas held by individuals that, when combined, pave a new way for the health industry,” said Jill Gilbert, Co-producer of The Digital Health Summit. “With much of digital health’s future being shaped by advancements in science and technology, we’re privileged to have the opportunity to bring together four highly respected experts to share their perspective on the ideas they believe will be vital to health care’s future and create a truly inspirational opening event for attendees.”

“Our magazine’s strength has always been linking the complex, interdisciplinary frontiers of knowledge with their practical applications for society,” said Scientific American VP & Publisher Bruce Brandfon. “The convergence of digital innovations and health will have profound impacts for consumers, policymakers, patients and medical providers, and we are thrilled to be a part of this conversation”

About the Keynote
A new, unique format has been adopted in this year’s keynote. Designed to give each speaker individual time, each will address the audience individually on their subject areas, while a group discussion will anchor the keynote by bringing all together for a collaboration discussion on the future of health.

Science visionary Ira Flatow will host the keynote, providing attendees with an opportunity to hear from each of the three experts and their insight on areas that will be core to laying the future foundation in health care. Experts and discussion areas include:

  •     Dr. Eric J. Topol, M.D., Professor of Translational Genomics and Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Research Institute has done much to expand our understanding of how genetics can determine a person’s health risks. In his productive career as a physician-scientist, he has built an international reputation for his ground-breaking research and expertise. He will discuss the idea of the creative destruction of medicine and the current technologies available to medicine that changes the way we look at the human body and disease.
  •     Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and CEO, Life Technologies has leveraged his background in health care management to prepare the company to participate in and shape the new era of personalized medicine. He will discuss the importance of genetic sequencing, including the company’s introduction of Ion semiconductor sequencing, the fastest selling next-generation sequencing technology.
  •     Dr. Reed Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group. As the most senior clinician at UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson is responsible for working comprehensively with the company’s diverse businesses to improve the quality and efficiency of the health services UnitedHealth Group provides to more than 75 million people worldwide. He will discuss the role of technology in paving a new way to address the cost and quality of health care.

Please visit the following for additional background information and bios:

  •     Ira Flatow, Science Correspondent and TV Journalist, Science Friday on NPR
  •     Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and CEO, Life Technologies
  •     Eric J. Topol, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health; Vice-Chair, West Wireless Health Institute; Author, Creative Destruction of Medicine
  •     Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group

For more updates and news from the Digital Health Summit follow on Twitter at twitter.com/dhsummit. Mandatory registration for Digital Health Summit is required. To register for the Digital Health Summit, visit http://www.cesweb.org.

About Digital Health Summit:
The Digital Health Summit at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) focuses on the booming market of consumer-based health and wellness innovations that sit at the convergence of technology and healthcare. The Digital Health Summit and Exhibition is presented by Living in Digital Times, producer of the following summits and exhibitions at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show: Silvers Summit, Fitness Tech Summit, HigherEd Tech Summit, [email protected] Summit, MommyTech Summit, Mobile Apps Showdown, and Last Gadget Standing. For more information about the Digital Health Summit, visit: http://digitalhealthsummit.com/.

About Scientific American
Scientific American is at the heart of Nature Publishing Group's consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with scientificamerican.com and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches over 5 million consumers and scientists. Other titles include Scientific American MIND and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany. Scientific American won the 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. For more information, please visit http://www.scientificamerican.com

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