Service Systems Executive Speaker Series and Working Group
Title: Google Health: Digital Healthcare from a Consumer Perspective
There is little doubt that we are at the cusp of a technological revolution for healthcare in the US. Recent changes in policy are combining with unprecedented technology investments to create the richest environment ever seen for health IT innovation, with a strong focus on using information to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes. While much of this revolution is happening behind the scenes in the myriad of systems that interconnect healthcare providers, a critical mass of activity is emerging that focuses on bringing the benefits of health IT directly to the end consumer -- the patient -- and empowering them to take an unprecedented level of direct control over their own health and wellness. In this talk, we will examine this new movement, looking at its drivers, the technology innovation it is sparking, and how it is changing the way consumers engage with healthcare. We will focus on the Google Health initiative as a case study of how a consumer perspective is enabling new solutions that help ordinary people become better informed and better involved in their own health and wellness.
Aaron Brown, PhD is a senior product manager at Google, where he is responsible for the Google Health initiative and product strategy. Previously, Dr. Brown was a director at IBM, where he was most recently responsible for IBM's portfolio of information access, search, and text analytic software products and solutions. At IBM, Dr. Brown also held roles in strategic alliance development for IBM Software Group and as a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Brown has authored 4 patents and over 20 peer-reviewed papers. He received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in Computer Science from Harvard College.