Good morning, Chicago! Looks like a great day to start something new.
Today is the launch of the American Liver Foundation’s Innovation Council. (@ALF_USA) Chaired by Dr. Danny Sands (@Dzsands) (@S4PM), Director of Healthcare Business Transformation at Cisco, and Dr. Nancy Reau, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, the ALF Innovation Council is intended to bring together creative minds from across silos in healthcare to help us solve key problems facing liver disease patients and their families.
The program will also feature a panel of patients discussing their various experiences with liver disease and a presentation of the state of liver disease and treatment today.
If you are reading this blog post, it is likely that you have been unable to join us in person, but we’d still love your input.
Please comment on the four questions below or tweet us this afternoon (we start at 1pm CT) using the hashtag #ALF_IC. Many thanks to the Innovator companies who are helping to spark our imaginations.
Step One: Detection/Diagnosis : Moderator Nancy Reau, MD
Key Issue/Question: How can we expand the number of patients in rural and underserved communities accurately diagnosed with liver disease?
Innovation Example: OraSure Rapid Test (rapid diagnostic test for HIV and HCV) @OraSureTech
Step Two: Newly Diagnosed/Treatment Selection: Moderator Danny Sands, MD
Key Issue/Question: How can we accelerate the understanding of a patient and their family of their diagnosed condition and how they are going to navigate an increasingly complex set of options?
Innovation Example: Inquisit Health (peer-to-peer web platform) @InquisitHealth
Step Three: In-Treatment: Moderator John Kontor, MD
Key Issue/Question: How can we optimize therapies by helping patients overcome barriers to adherence?
Innovation Example: Ginger io (smartphone/SMS/adherence and behavior feedback program)
Step Four: Survivorship: Donna Cryer, JD @DCpatient
Key Issue/Question: What are the best long term outcomes for liver patients and how do we achieve them?
Innovation Example: Galileo Analytics (data mining and visualization tool)