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Update 2: Stanford Medicine X IDEO ePatient Design Challenge

Stanford Medicine X IDEO ePatient Design Challenge

update|2 inspiration & problem statements

Live, from the Stanford Medicine X design challenged, by IDEO!

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Really powerful, Laura shows trend of her lab results. Good that she has access, bad that doc didn't review #Med

We're capturing our understanding of @rannwilliams's challenge through themes #MedX


We're moving on to defining the problem statement for @rannwilliams's challenge #MedX

The First (unofficial) Medicine X walk & run

MedX Walk Run Stanford’s Medicine X is a workout for your brain. For those who want to workout their bodies too, now you have an option. Here’s an unofficial Med X walk run option.

As a reminder, the conference begins at 8:00 am sharp. Breakfast is offered starting at 7:00 am. Many runners eat breakfast before their run. But, do keep the conference schedule in mind when considering your walking or running pace. Since this is unofficial and loosely organized, you are welcome to start a route earlier - we'll find you out there!

  • When Saturday September 28, 2013 starting at 5:00 am and 6:00 am (depending on distance).
  • Where Each distance starts from the Palo Alto Sheraton which is next door to the Westin.
  • Who anyone interested in walking, run-walking, or running before Saturday’s sessions.
  • Meet Nick Dawson and others at 5:00 am or 6:00 am outside the Sheraton
  • But I’m not a runner! Don’t worry! We’ve got a plan for everyone.

Med X is about community, participation and health. There is no pressure to walk or run at a certain pace. Whether you prefer a slow stroll or a brisk run, the goal is to spend some time together outside to wake up our bodies in preparation for waking our brains.

Routes and Distances The routes and distance options start with the longest, so the crazies among us can get in some miles and the more sane can sleep in a bit longer.

The entire course map can be found here.

11 Miles

The course for the 11 mi option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 4:50 am. We’ll head out around Palo Alto, following the linked route (above) in reverse order. We’ll run along the creek and then through neighborhoods and past some parks. We’ll join the 1mi, 3mi and 5mi groups as we loop past the Sheraton.

5 Miles

The course for the 5 mi option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 6:00 am. We’ll join the 3mi and 1mi group and head out towards the stadium. We’ll make a loop up Palm Drive and then head around the Medical Center before heading back towards the hotel.

3 Miles (5K)

The course for the 3.2mi/5k option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 6:00 am. We’ll join the 1mi and 5mi groups and head out towards Stanford’s iconic football stadium. We’ll head up the famous Palm Drive and around the Medical Center to complete a loop down football Rd back towards the hotels.

1 Mile

The course for the 1 mi option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 6:00 am. The 1mi route will visit the Stanford football stadium and beautiful entrance to campus along Palm Drive.

From elsewhere: What would happen if hospitals funded ideas from patients, docs and staff?

Med Students (and interlopers) only

From Deanna Pogoreic at Medcity News:

Stanford has established a three-year partnership with Stanford Hospital & Clinics and StartX, an accelerator for students, faculty, alumni and staff, under which the institutions will support the accelerator and create a fund called the Stanford-StartX Fund.

Teams that take part in the StartX accelerator will now have optional access to financial backing from the university and hospital if they are raising $500,000 or more in a round. The fund, which Stanford says is uncapped, will participate in rounds as a minority investor.

I like this idea, and it seems to echo a few other trends.

We’re seeing a move towards younger workers preferring contract roles. Some suggest it is employer driven, owed to increasing healthcare costs. But others —and I favor this view —say it’s because knowledge workers like to move quickly between projects and environments.

There is also a glowing ember (not ready to be called a trend) within healthcare to practice rapid iteration. For a long time perfection wasn’t even good enough. Today, we’re understanding we need to quickly test processes, tools and procedures to see what works and what can be improved.

What’s exiting about Stanford’s announcement is how it fits comfortably with our the workforce and an entrepreneurial culture.

What might happen if hospitals started funding ideas generated by staff, doctors, patients and family members? Can you imagine the pace of innovation?

Announcing the First Medicine X ePatient Q&A

Post event updateIf you are here, you should really be here, on the Medicine X site.

But, since you are here, you should consider following this link to apply for a 2013 ePatient scholarship. Who should apply? Anyone who has ever gone online or sought out a community to feel more empowered, engaged, educated, or supported. Hint: you.

You can find the video of the panel on the Medicine X YouTube page here.

March 3/6 Update

Watch the live stream on Stanford Medicine X's YouTube Channel, or on this page (the video will appear when the Q&A is live at 9p ET/ 6p PT.


Follow and participate in the twitter chat on Tweetchat, or by searching for and adding #MedXeP to your tweets.



What happens when Stanford brings together leading patients, researchers, doctors and silicon valley minds? Join some of 2012’s Medicine X ePatient scholars for a live Google Hangout and Tweet Chat to find out.

On March 6th, 2013, Chris Snider, 2012 ePatient Scholar and host of the Just Talking podcast, will moderate a panel discussion and live chat. The conversation will take place live in a google hangout and on twitter.

The goal of the conversation is to peel back the curtain on the Medicine X ePatient program. What are ePatients, who should apply, how does the application process work? What is it like to attend? How can one manage health concerns while at the conference? And, if you have questions of your own, the panel will be glad to address them.

The panel will also discuss a new track, being launched at Medicine X 2013: the Leadership Track.

The Leadership Track provides a unique opportunity for ePatients to attend Stanford Medicine X and further develop the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to become the next generation of ePatient leaders.

Meet the Panelists

The Details

What: Medicine X ePatient Q&A

Where: Google Hangout & Tweet Chat Google Hangout - you can view the hangout live on the Medicine X YouTube channel. NOTE: viewers will not be on camera, only the panelists will be shown (so it’s ok to show up in your PJs).

Tweet Chat: Simply search for and append #MedXeP to tweets. Alternatively, you can use a tweet chat service like

When March 6th 2013 at 9p–10p ET / 6p–7p PT

Then what? You apply to the Medicine X 2013 ePatient program!

Ask Paxton | Medicine X Stanford

A few weeks ago Dr. Larry Chu asked me to write a blog post for Stanford's Medicine X. Medicine X is an exciting conference focused on healthcare design, innovation, patients and technology. I'm honored to be a part of their advisory board and ePatient committee along with a bunch of other folks way smarter and more qualified than I am.

I'd been kicking the story of Joseph Paxton around in my had for a while. Here's a guy, totally unschooled in classical architecture, who designed and built a structure they said couldn't be built.

According to Bill Bryson: “The finished building was precisely 1,851 feet long… 408 feet across, and almost 110 feet high along its central spine-spacious enough to enclose a much admired avenue of elms that would otherwise have had to be felled. Because of its size, the structure required a lot of inputs-293,655 panes of glass, 33,000 iron trusses, and tens of thousands of feet of wooden flooring…"

He did it in 1851.

So, what does Joseph Paxton have to do with Medicine X and the future of healthcare? Everything!

Click here for the full post. 

Paxton, without any formal training, changed the face of London and, in many ways, global architecture. He gained so much acclaim as an innovative problem solver “ask Paxton” became a comment retort when people asked challenging questions.


Joseph Paxton was a passionate self-advocate. Rather than relying on the committee, he showed his design right to the people of London. Does that sound like ePatients to you too? This year, Medicine X will make 35 scholarships available for ePatients to attend the conference. ePatients are engaged, informed, empowered and most of all, connected. Just like Paxton, ePatients know the power of self publishing, sharing expertise and involving others. Having ePatient scholars at Medicine X means the event will be patient-focused, all the way.

The Crystal Palace pushed the bounds of what people thought was possible. Medicine X is all about healthcare transformers – those boundary busters who think beyond what is possible today, and create the future they envision. This year’s Medicine X will feature presenters who don’t settle for the status quo. Instead, they are fueled by a passion to design patient care experiences in a whole new way.

via Ask Paxton | Medicine X Stanford.