Technology Revolutionizing Medicine

A sub-track within the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) will explore how technology changes the way rheumatologists and their patients work, live and view the world.

A highlight of this year’s TechMed track will be a lecture by Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, chief medical officer of IBM who oversees global responsibilities for Watson Health. Dr. Rhee will present “Solving Problems in Rheumatology & Cognitive Science,” discussing how the Watson supercomputer has changed other fields and how it could soon change medicine.

Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, associate clinical professor of rheumatology at the University of California Los Angeles/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and chair of the annual meeting’s sub-committee for Technology in Medicine, said, “We’re throwing out reams and reams of data at this point in time, but there aren’t any concerted or coordinated efforts, yet, to make sense of all of this. … I think we rheumatologists need to get educated about what’s going on out there, and figure out some of our big problems in rheumatology using the advances that cognitive science has to offer.”

The TechMed track will also explore the role of virtual reality (VR) in pain management, how to use social media to recruit patients for research studies, tech tools for rheumatology, and “How to Disseminate Your Research & Manage Your Online Reputation.