The ongoing “fixing healthcare” discussion at FiRe is focused on the question of how to repair a broken business model, generally seeking ways to bring providers and patients back into primary contact. This area also includes new innovations in healthcare solutions, from the Quantified Self to the new SNS field of Nutritional Microanalysis.



Topics in This Focus Channel

  • Personal Predictive Medicine

    October 12, 2017

    "Computer Modeling Synchronicity of Whole Body Systems: A New Path in Preventative Medicine"


    "Who Are Scientists’ Customers? How Reshaping Publicly Funded Research Could Lead to Rapid Evolution in Personal Predictive Medicine":

    Benjamin Smarr, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

    Hosted by Rep. Mike Winder, Utah House of Representatives, and Executive Director, Friends of Traditional Banking

  • The UnDx (Undiagnosed) Initiative

    October 12, 2017

    Introduction by Sharon Anderson Morris, SNS Programs Director and SNS FiReFilms Managing Director; and Co-Founder, UnDx

    "Undiagnosed, The Documentary": Katia Moritz, Filmmaker (Undiagnosed: Medical Refugees)

    "The UnDx Initiative, Year 2: Moving from Silos Toward Systems in Precision Medicine": Doug Jamison, Founder and CEO, HALE.life; Andreas Kogelnik, Director, Open Medicine Institute; DeAunne Denmark, Precision Medicine & Research, Open Medicine Institute; and Michael Kurisu, Clinical Director,Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSD

    Hostedby Larry Smarr, Founding Director, Calit2 (a UC San Diego / UC Irvine partnership

  • The End of Disease: Solving the Healthcare Crisis

    October 10, 2017

    Leroy Hood, Presidentand Co-Founder, Institute for Systems Biology; and SVP and Chief Science Officer, Providence Health & Services

  • Bleeding-Edge Medicine: Today’s Discoveries, Tomorrow’s Practice

    September 30, 2016

    With Oren Gilad, CEO, Atrin Pharmaceuticals; Don Straus, Founder and CEO, First Light Biosciences; Shawn Iadonato, Co-Founder and CEO, Kineta; and Caitlin Cameron, Chair and CEO, OtoNexus; hosted by Ed Butler, Presenter and Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

  • The UnDx (Undiagnosed) Global Initiative

    September 29, 2016

    With Katia Moritz, Director, Undiagnosed (the documentary); Ryan Taft, Senior Director, Scientific Research, Illumina Inc.; John Ryals, CEO, Metabolon; and Robin Y. Smith, CEO, ORIG3N; hosted by Doug Jamison, CEO, Harris & Harris Group

  • Treat the Patient, Not the Disease

    September 29, 2016

    With Glenn Snyder, Medical Technology Segment Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP; and Michael E. Raynor, Director, Monitor Deloitte; hosted by Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2 (a UC San Diego / UC Irvine partnership), and SNS Ambassador for Pure Science

  • Digital Wellness and the Transformation of Healthcare

    May 21, 2014

    FiRe 2014: "Digital Wellness and the Transformation of Healthcare": Leroy Hood; hosted by Larry Smarr

  • A New Handheld Device to Save Your Life

    May 24, 2013

    "Curing Heart Disease with Big Data": A conversation with Nassir Marrouche, Executive Director, CARMA, University of Utah; Followed by "A New Handheld Device to Save Your Life": A conversation with Karim Marrouche, Co-Founder and President, Cardiac Designs

  • CTO Design Challenge: “Creating the New Field of ‘Nutritional Microanalysis’: Inputs for the Quantified Self”

    May 25, 2012

    The goal of the 2012 CTO Design Challenge: to create a new field of medicine and a research platform for understanding human health and disease, and their connection to the human genome, by evaluating the inputs on a chemical level and their effects on the body’s processes.

  • “Integrating Robots into Our Homes, Healthcare, and Beyond”

    May 24, 2012

    A conversation with Colin Angle, CEO and Co-Founder, iRobot; hosted by Patrick Lane, Technology Correspondent, The Economist

  • “Integrating for Better Healthcare Solutions”

    May 23, 2012

    With Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa; Philippa Lewis, CEO, Simavita; Davis Brimer, Founder and CEO, Active Life Scientific; and Fred Lee, Business Development Strategies, Health Sciences Global Business Unit, Oracle; hosted by Doug Smith, President, W.D. Smith & Associates

  • “How Systems Medicine and Emerging Technologies Will Transform Healthcare”

    May 26, 2011

    A Centerpiece Conversation with Leroy Hood, President, Institute for Systems Biology

  • “The Quantified Self: Personal Monitoring and Control for Health”

    May 26, 2011

    A conversation with Larry Smarr, Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), UC San Diego and Irvine; hosted by André de Fusco, CEO and Director, Cynvenio Biosystems

  • “A New Drug Delivery System from HP”

    November 11, 2010

    "A New Drug Delivery System from HP" With Janice Nickel, Senior Scientist, Hewlett-Packard Labs; hosted by Russ Daggatt, General Partner, Denny Hill Capital

  • “Providing Clean Water for 200 Million”

    November 11, 2010

    A conversation with Jin Zidell, Founder/Chairman, Blue Planet Network

  • “Assessing the N1H1 (‘Swine Flu’) Pandemic: What to Expect for the Next Few Years”

    May 21, 2009

    Larry Brilliant, President, Skoll Urgent Threats Fund, and Senior Advisor to Jeff Skoll; hosted by Alan Smith, Founder and CEO, Vesta Health Systems Inc.

  • “Fixing Healthcare III: Radical Approaches for Improving Healthcare”

    May 23, 2008

    Nobelist Lee Hartwell, President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; hosted by Mark Anderson

  • “Diagnosing Your Own DNA”

    May 25, 2007

    A conversation with Ryan Phelan, Founder and CEO, DNA Direct; hosted by Stewart Brand, Founder, the Long Now Foundation

  • aids2031: The Future of AIDS

    May 24, 2007

    A conversation with Peter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS, and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations; hosted by Heidi Larson, Research Associate, Harvard Center for Population and Development

  • “From Mainframe to Personal Healthcare: Proactive Technologies for a Global Age Wave”

    May 23, 2007

    A conversation with Eric Dishman, General Manager & Global Director, Intel Health Research & Innovation Group; hosted by Stephen Evans, Presenter, Business Daily, BBC World Service

Leaders in This Focus Channel

  • Ryan Taft

    Senior Director, Scientific Research, Illumina Inc.

  • Garri Jones

    Founding Partner, Circle; Director, Health Capital; and Director, Educate School Services (U.K.)

  • Bernard Rudnick

    Chief Financial Officer and Board Director, Atrin Pharmaceuticals

  • Marty Tenenbaum

    Chairman & Founder, Cancer Commons

  • Sloan Gibson

    President and CEO, USO

  • Samir Damani

    Founder & CEO, MD Revolution

  • Will Martinez

    CEO and CTO, Nanotech Biomachines

  • Jonathan DeHart

    President and CEO, NorthShore Bio

  • DeAunne Denmark

    Consultant, Precision Medicine & Research, Open Medicine Institute

  • Heather Richman

    VP Government Relations & External Affairs, HEVT

  • Michael Kurisu

    Director, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine; and Director, Project Apollo

  • Pam Taub

    Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, UCSD

  • Karen Possemato

    Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO; and President, Illumina Inc.

  • Doug Smith

    President, W.D. Smith & Associates

  • Jessica Richman

    Co-Founder and CEO, uBiome

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