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Future of Genomic Medicine — Paul Sonnier Announcement to 15,000+ member Digital Health Group on LinkedIn

March 9, 2013

I sent the following announcement to 15,000+ Digital Health LinkedIn group members on March 9, 2013:

Dear Digital Health group members,

In this update:
(1) Future of Genomic Medicine VI Conference Recap
(2) Startup Helps Physicians Navigate Genetic Testing
(3) Brain Activity Map — Q&A w/George Church, PhD
(4) Topol to Appear on “The Colbert Report” TV Show — March 26
(5) Events

(1) FUTURE OF GENOMIC MEDICINE VI CONFERENCE RECAP

I was fortunate to attend this annual conference for the second time and hear the progress of genomic medicine, aka “precision medicine”, from the key drivers and stakeholders.

From a patient perspective, the poignant family story of group member Steve Grossman (@stevenjgrossman) was featured at the conference: “The search for what’s wrong with Lilly”.

Here’s a great summary of each day’s content by the non-profit New York Genome Center (@nygenome):

Day 1 – A Focus on Patient’s Point of View at “Genomics in Medicine” Meeting

Day 2 – Future of Genomic Medicine? It’s All About the Data

Also, this video interview of J. Craig Venter (@JCVenter) by Eric Topol (@EricTopol) provides a nice overview of the current state of genomics in medicine: “The True Revolution in Medicine”.

(2) STARTUP HELPS PHYSICIANS NAVIGATE GENETIC TESTING

Estimates are that there are between 1,200 to 10,000 genetic testing products on the market today. Overcoming this overwhelming number of options and translating genomics into medical practice is a big challenge. Hopefully this solution by NextGxDx and other clinical decision support tools can help clinicians to efficiently and effectively utilize genetic testing and provide better care for patients.

(3) WHAT IS THE BRAIN ACTIVITY MAP? A Q&A WITH GEORGE CHURCH, PHD

The Brain Activity Map project received quite a bit of attention recently. In this Q&A, George Church (@geochurch) discusses the proposed project announced by the Obama administration.

I was lucky enough to hear George present at the future of Genomic Medicine conference yesterday. He has also appeared on The Colbert Report, where he discussed how he encoded 20 million copies of his book into DNA.

(4) ERIC TOPOL TO APPEAR ON THE COLBERT REPORT TV SHOW — MARCH 26

I’m really looking forward to Dr. Eric Topol’s appearance on The Colbert Report, where he will talk about digital health and his book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care“.

Given the ignorance some people have over the word “destruction” in context of “creative destruction” — a term coined by economist Joseph Schumpeter — I thought this suggested question that Colbert might ask Topol was pretty funny.

Lastly, since social networking is an important part of digital health it’s noteworthy that Colbert has previously interviewed James Fowler (@James_H_Fowler), Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and co-author of the book “Connected”.

(5) EVENTS — Global event list

I’m looking forward to WLSA’s 8th annual Convergence Summit, May 29-30 here in San Diego. This is their flagship event, where healthcare, technology and communication leaders tackle key issues facing the wireless health community.

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company
Founder, 15,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn
Mentor, Blueprint Health
Twitter: @Paul_Sonnier

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