The Clinton Foundation Health Matters 2014 Conference is the annual gathering of public health experts, thought leaders and CHMI partners. SumAll.org is a pledge maker and helps the Clinton foundation with data analytics, data visualization and open data concepts around the issue of prescription drug abuse. Hosted by Bill and Chelsea Clinton, it is a premier platform to showcase public health ideas, innovation and major accomplishments. A host of well-curated panels were moderated in the area of Health Transformation, Mental Health and Prescription Drug Abuse, Technology Platforms, Healthy Lifestyles and Health Justice.
SumAll.org was represented on stage by Dane Atkinson, SumAll’s CEO as part of a panel about Technology, Data and Public Health, moderated by Chelsea Clinton with panelists form Jawbone, Verzion, Moro and the Knight Foundation. The key points were that individualized quantified self data can add tremendous value for more granular insights into larger health patterns, risk and lifestyles. For instance, Jawbone found out that the Boston Bombings had a significant effect on sleep in the Boston area: people went to bed later and stayed up awake in bed longer as the news story progressed. Dane Atkinson stressed the need for data sharing and our collective obligation to use the full power of data analytics to locate at-risk individuals and better serve them for prevention and treatment. Cathy Wang from Moro reminded us that apps can keep us healthy, for instance by monitoring our daily water intake habits.
The conference’s highlights were key announcements, in particular Patrick Soon-Shiong announcing the ability to detect cancer in blood tests for the first time in human history, a service he wants to make accessible to all segments of the population. The Jed Foundation announced a major program to start a widespread outreach to engage campuses in monitoring prescription drug abuse and by addressing it with individual campus level programs and policy recommendations. The initiative is supported by MTV and Facebook for media outreach and social media peer support. Last, but not least, the Knight Foundation celebrated its winners of the Knight Foundation Tech Challenge where the finalists could present their groundbreaking ideas.
In summary, the conference delivered on many levels, providing a platform for prevention, healthy living and discussions on how to address key public health issues within and outside the system. It offered real and feasible solutions, along with a stage for upcoming talent, technologies and innovations.
SumAll.org is incredibly honored to be a Clinton Foundation pledge maker and we can’t wait to get back to work and bring more data analytics to the issue of prescription drug abuse and other key public health topics.