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USC to Host Body Computing Conference

by Jennifer Chan

The event will be held Oct. 26 at the Davidson Conference Center.

Influential leaders, investors and academics in health care will convene to discuss the role of technology in the future of medicine at the first Body Computing Conference hosted by USC on Oct. 26.

“This is the new frontier in medicine,” said Leslie Saxon, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the conference organizer. “There are hurdles, but body computing can change the interaction between physicians and patients.”

Body computing refers to implanted devices that can transmit up-to-the-second physiologic data to physicians, patients and patients’ loved ones, which potentially can save lives by increasing rapid information flow. Where electronic medical records have made it possible to transfer clinical data rapidly, networked devices can take this one step further, eliminating the need for separate paper charts, desktop computers, pagers and cell phones to convey crucial information.

“Body computing breaks down the information gap,” Saxon said. “Although this is a relatively new field, the caliber of speakers at USC’s conference is a testament to the interest among business leaders, entrepreneurs, the investment community, physicians and scholars.”

Presentations, keynote addresses, panel discussions and networking events will provide participants with opportunities to discuss all prospects, concerns and long-term effects that would accompany networked physiologic monitoring. This includes an improved quality of life for patients and the effects on the future of medical practice.

Among those participating in this year’s conference are:
� Jim Tobin, president and CEO of Boston Scientific;
� David Gollaher, president and CEO of California Healthcare Institute;
� Neal Eigler, co-director of the cardiovascular intervention center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center;
� Daniel G. Schultz, director of the center for devices and radiological health at the Food and Drug Administration;
� Omar Ishrak, president and CEO of clinical systems at G.E. Healthcare;
� Garry Neil, group president for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development;
� Chris O’Connell, senior vice president of Medtronic;
� Michael Tchao, general manager of Nike Techlab;
� Andrew Thompson, CEO of Proteus Biomedical; and
� Doug Rasor, vice president of emerging medical technologies at Texas Instruments.

The conference also will feature keynote speaker Geoffrey Moore, author of Dealing With Darwin.

The USC Body Computing Conference will be held at USC’s Davidson Conference Center. For a full list of participants and program schedule, visit

USC to Host Body Computing Conference

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