Guest Post: Bryan Vartabedian, MD, Baylor College of Medicine and Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH, Rice University. RiceX Medicine in the Digital Age begins on May 5, 2015. Sign up today!
This is one of the most exciting times to be in medicine.
Digital medicine is driving an entirely new kind of medicine and health care, but the problem is that technology is advancing faster than we can keep up. And for many people, the digital health revolution has started to pass them by.
So we thought the issue could use a little discussion. Or better, we thought it could use a massive open online course. We’re excited to offer Medicine in the Digital Age, a course intended to introduce learners from around the world to the core forces driving the digital revolution in health.
Over 4 weeks, we will map out the challenges and opportunities facing patients and providers in the networked age. Intended for a general audience and relevant to anyone interested in the emerging healthcare environment, learners will come away speaking the basic language of digital medicine. And as more tools become available for patients to become involved in their own health, perhaps it is non-medical learners who have the most to gain as they better understand their role in their healthcare journey.
The course has brought in some of health care’s power hitters including Eric Topol, Roni Zeiger, Fred Trotter and others to deliver exclusive insight for our course. You may be interested to note that my co-professor on this course, Kirsten Ostherr, PhD MPH, is a Professor of English at Rice University. We believe that the most powerful solutions to the complex problems facing healthcare today will come from creative thinkers outside of medicine, and we designed Medicine in the Digital Age to bring out that perspective.
As the health conversation becomes global, we think that we can learn a lot from the collision of cultures and dissolution of geographic boundaries that edX affords. We’re as excited to learn from you and your experiences as patients and professionals.
We hope to launch a vibrant conversation about what the future of medicine should be, and how we should get there. We think the forums are going to be wild and engaging. We’ve added some live streamed hangouts that will be really fun. And, it will be the collective action, ideas and brilliance of you, the MedDig learner, that will make this course great.
Enroll now and join us for when Medicine in the Digital Age starts on May 5, 2015.