UCR SOM Students to Host Conference on Big Data in Medicine in the Inland Empire

Second annual conference will investigate the role of big data and its uses in improving health care in underserved communities

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The Health Management Interest Group at the UCR School of Medicine will host their second annual R-Health Conference on Saturday, January 14, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The past, present and future uses of “big data” and how it can be used to improve health care in Inland Southern California and other underserved communities is the theme of the second annual R-Health Conference, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the UC Riverside School of Medicine Education Building.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Complementary parking will be available in Lot 13. A light breakfast and light refreshments will be available.

Founded by the UCR School of Medicine Health Management Interest Group in 2015, the conference is an opportunity for clinicians, students and healthcare business leaders to network and overcome the challenges facing modern health care.

“The combination of big data analysis and the innovative use of technology will enable us to reduce health disparities that persist in this medically underserved region,” said second-year medical student Frances Tao, who is one of the organizers of the event. “These changes can be scalable from private medical offices to large hospitals, and can shape or reform your practice. Together as healthcare leaders, we can explore the intersection of technology, medicine, and policy to develop solutions that improve the communities we serve.”

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.,  the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs at the UCR School of Medicine will provide the opening keynote address and Professor Robert Kaestner of the UCR School of Public Policy and Department of Economics will be the closing speaker.

The first of three panel discussions will address the question of “Who owns patient data?” and will feature Kashif Mirza, director of the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange; David Norris, co-founder and CEO of MD Insider, a health care technology company using big data to lower healthcare costs; and Matt Kinley, principal of Kinley Law practice who represents health care clients and is the founder of the blog  CaliforniaHealthcareLaw.com.

The second panel, titled “How does data drive policy decisions related to health care,” will feature Robert Theal, M.D. a family medicine physician with the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center; James Scheu, director of clinical Information at Partners for Better Health, a public benefit corporation that focuses on community health and developmen; and Nekisa Haghighat, M.P.H., a second-year UCR medical student who has extensive experience in the field of health policy and is currently the student ambassador for the California Medical Association as well as the American Medical Association.

The final panel, “Telemedicine’s role in closing the gap of health care disparities,” includes Dereck Deleon, M.D., the program director for the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Family Medicine residency who has been extensively involved in their telemedicine initiative; Lyndee Knox, project director for Project ECHO LA, which brings specialists and primary care providers together to improve care; and John Shen, M.D., a dermatologist in Temecula who has created several mobile aps including AcneTRAC and DermTrac.

“Effectively utilizing telemedicine provides us the opportunity to serve populations that routinely lack access to medical care and to collaborate globally,” Tao added. “Conclusions drawn from the analysis of collective patient health records inform policy decisions, which in turn can generate local change that better address the needs of families here in Inland Southern California.”

The conference is co-sponsored by the UCR School of Medicine, the UCR Graduate Student Association and the California Medical Association Foundation.

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E-mail: rhealthconference@gmail.com

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