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Innovation for Academy, Otolaryngology Highlighted in Opening Ceremony

Gregory W. Randolph, MD

Your participation in the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience begins with a gathering of attendees from around the country and around the globe for the Opening Ceremony, hosted by President Gregory W. Randolph, MD. Dr. Randolph and AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO James C. Denneny III, MD, highlight the vision for the Academy’s global collaboration and success, welcoming innovation and advancement in the specialty through the interwoven meeting theme, “Premiering Tomorrow, Today.”

“You’ll experience new learning formats and topics, such as the internet of medical things, from the Opening Ceremony keynote speaker, Daniel Kraft, MD,” Dr. Randolph said.

Daniel Kraft, MD

The Opening Ceremony offers you a unique opportunity to explore this theme with the keynote presentation by Dr. Kraft, “The Future of Health and Medicine, Where Can Technology Take Us?”

“I’m trained in internal medicine, pediatrics, hematology-oncology, and bone marrow transplantation. I’ve always had an interest in many fields and technologies,” Dr. Kraft said in an interview with the AAO-HNS Bulletin.

“Going through medical training, fellowships, and serving as both research and clinical faculty, you see what is broken in healthcare. You also see the arrival of many exciting technologies—from wearables to robotics to artificial intelligence,” he said.

Dr. Kraft is a Stanford- and Harvard-trained physician-scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, a cross-disciplinary annual event where technology and medicine innovators explore the future of healthcare, and he is the chair of the medicine track for Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank.

Dr. Kraft illustrates the speed with which technology has changed medicine. Among the technologies most driving that change are artificial intelligence, the internet of medical things, 3D printing, and consumer genomics.

“With many of the new tools that are in our pockets and on our wrists today, we can move from an intermittent and reactive mode of ‘Sick Care’ to a more continuous, proactive, and precise approach,” he said.

“Otolaryngologists are at a terrific crossroads of medicine. They see patients across the spectrum—kids to adults and everything from cancer to reconstructive surgery. This is a field where physicians can use many existing technologies to address all elements of otolaryngology practice, from smart prevention to better ways to personalize, plan for, and execute interventions, to improving ways to follow up and engage patients and caregivers,” Dr. Kraft said.

They also can share their treatment data using patient registries, such as Reg-entSM.

“Registries help share information quickly so that both data and discoveries can lead to smart and improved point of care and general clinical practice,” he said. “As we move to an era of participatory healthcare, we should be encouraging everyone to become data donors, not just users of data.

Start your Annual Meeting experience with the tools to engage in important discussions of medicine on the move by attending the Opening Ceremony at 8:30 am, September 10.

“Otolaryngologists touch so many elements of clinical care and can be great contributors and catalysts to the future of health and medicine.”

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