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Medicine X: Transforming Healthcare’s Inertia into Innovation

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

For all its high-tech tools and trappings, American medicine is still stuck in the 19th century. The Medicine X conference--a healthcare transformation think-tank bringing together technologists, administrators, entrepreneurs, practitioners, and most importantly, patients--hopes to change that.

The Best of Medicine X 2016

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

The annual Medicine X conference is a great place to learn about potentially transformative new medical technology. Here are a few that captured our attention this year.

SNP Secrets: Five Genes Every Clinician Should Know

By Monya De, MD, MPH, Contributing Writer

You do not have to become a gene wizard overnight to begin interpreting personal genetic data. Becoming familiar with a few key SNPs will give you points of entry into the fascinating world of genomics.

“CredibleMeds” – New Private-Public Project Aims to Reduce Antibiotic Side-Effects

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

An online drug safety information resource called CredibleMeds is an important tool for helping physicians and other healthcare practitioners reduce the risks associated with prescription medications, particularly antibiotics.

Ph360: Can “Phenomics” Give Clues to Better Health?

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

ph360 is a new algorithm for determining phenotypes and epigenetic profiles, and then figuring out custom-tailored exercise, and lifestyle plans. “The real key to our health is written in our body’s unique code. And we’ve cracked it," says company founder Matt Riemann. HPC's Dr. Madiha Saeed test-drives the system with her patients and shares her experience. 

Wearable Fitness Trackers: They’re Popular, But Are they Accurate?

By Leandro Pucci, Contributing Writer

Wearable fitness trackers are everywhere these days. Consumers are using them to monitor exercise, sleep, and a host of other health-related parameters. Sure, they're popular, but are they reliable? Can we trust the numbers they give us? Leading researchers weigh in on that question.

Will FDA Start Regulating Fitness Trackers?

By Gina Cushenberry, Contributing Writer

Fitness and Health trackers hit the market strongly a few years ago, and they are evolving far faster than the federal regulatory framework for health-related products. Are they "medical devices" or "general wellness products?" FDA's recent draft guidance provides clues to the futurre regulation of these popular products.

SharePractice: Putting “Experience-Based Medicine” in Your Pocket

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

Ever wish you could hold the entire field of medicine in your hand? Tap into the wisdom of longtime doctors who’ve “seen it all?” Get the shortcuts on what really works and what doesn’t? With SharePractice, Dr. Andrew Brandeis has taken that wish list and put it into a smartphone app.

Crowdfunded Research Shakes Medicine's Ivory Towers

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

For most of its history, medical and scientific research has been funded by grants from government institutions, nonprofit foundations, and private companies. But an emerging trend suggests a new potential source of future funding: the internet.

X-Ray Selfies and Uber-Docs: A Glimpse of Medicine’s (Near) Future

By Monya De, MD, Contributing Writer

Each year, the Medicine X conference invites tech- and social media-savvy practitioners, patients and business leaders to explore the new frontiers of healthcare technology and the ways in which it is transforming medical practice and the lives of people with chronic disease. Dr. Monya De, HPC's HolisTech correspondent shares the latest from the 2015 MedX gathering. 

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