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Keynoter to Examine Healthcare Technology’s Smart Use

Opening Ceremony

  • 8:30 – 9:30 am
  • Sunday
  • Arie Crown Theater

Daniel Kraft, MD

The Opening Ceremony, a prime opportunity to reunite with colleagues from across the country and around the world, this year celebrates the specialty of otolaryngology and explores technology and the future of medicine and healthcare.

Please join AAO-HNS/F President Gregory W. Randolph, MD, for the premiere of the 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

This year’s keynote speaker is Daniel Kraft, MD, a Stanford- and Harvard-trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator who will present “The Future of Health and Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?”

Dr. Kraft will illustrate the speed with which technologies, including artificial intelligence, the internet of medical things, 3D printing, and consumer genomics, are changing medicine.

“I hope we can think about how physicians can be the disrupters and not the disruptees. It’s important that all of us help catalyze the change and leverage the technology of today to enable a smarter, better future of health and medicine,” said Dr. Kraft, who is the founder and chair of Exponential Medicine and is the chair of medicine at Singularity University.

Technological changes and what they can mean for the future of medicine and healthcare foretell an exciting frontier. However, constant change in all its forms—particularly administrative technologies such as electronic health records—can be a challenge for physicians who must deal with it every day in their practices, potentially adding more stress as well as treatment breakthroughs. The hope is that when technology is integrated well, it will allow more time for the physician to focus on the patient.

The Academy is taking steps to help otolaryngologists deal with changes that negatively affect physician wellness—a topic of great importance. Those steps include its recently announced wellness program as well as presentations and videos during the Opening Ceremony and at several sessions during the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting.

Despite the negative aspects of these changes, William R. Blythe, MD, a general otolaryngologist from Opelika, AL, described the many rewards of practicing medicine that outweigh the challenges in a post on ENTConnect, the Academy’s members-only online community. A featured video at the Opening Ceremony will show how he and other otolaryngologists on the front lines count their blessings while acknowledging the state of healthcare in 2017.

“Yes, there are frustrations and challenges,” Dr. Blythe wrote. “Those frustrations are just the price of the ticket for the wonderful gifts that this profession has given to me, and I try to bear in mind constantly that it is the world’s greatest bargain.”

Echoing the gifts of otolaryngology’s message, Dr. Randolph will present this year’s Presidential Citation recipients: D. Bradley Welling, MD, PhD; David J. Terris, MD; KJ Lee, MD; and Lorraine M. Randolph.

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