As someone who cares for chronically ill children and watches technology, I’m thrilled to be participating in and advising Impact Pediatric Health at SXSW this March. Check it out.
Supported by some of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States (my own Texas Children’s Hospital as a core catalyst of IPH), this one-of-a kind competition is a chance for startups and nascent device manufacturers to showcase their disruptive solutions for babies, kids, and teens.
A great opportunity selected start-ups, for sure. But here’s what Impact Pediatric Health means for kids:
Children aren’t small adults. Health favors the nervous, walking well. But kids are different. This competition is dedicated strictly to advanced technology for children.
Great minds supporting great minds. Pediatric Impact Health has drawn an impressive panel of judges and advisors to support pediatric innovation. Start-ups will have direct, focused access to the brightest minds in the business.
Great minds networking with great minds. As the best children’s hospitals in America get together to foster innovation, doctors and disruptors connect and kids win. SXSW is the perfect venue for a collaborative meeting of the minds. This event is evidence that the walls that have typically divided children’s hospitals are coming down for the greater good.
The future of pediatric health is beyond laboratories. I was trained believe that innovation was about test tubes. But as you’ll see at Impact Pediatric Health, we’re seeing the rise of a new space in healthcare. It involves the development and application of new technologies to advance pediatric health. This evolving concept is embodied in this program.
SXSW remains ground zero for change. Congratulations to Texas Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s, Seattle Children’s, Children’s Hospital of LA, Lucille Packard, Children’s of Atlanta and CHOP for moving the chains – again – for kids.
Join Impact Pediatric Health during SXSW on Monday March 14, 201 at the Austin Hilton or follow the action on Twitter @PediatricPitch #kidshealth. Or you could follow me @doctor_v and I’ll keep you posted on this and other key health developments during SXSW.
If you’ll be joining me at SXSW, reach out and I’d love to catch up with you. I believe this is my fifth year as an advisor to the SXSW Health Track and I can’t wait. If it’s your first time, check out my insights and tips from the official SXSW site.