In our first official podcast we interview Dr. Leslie Saxon, the Chief of Cardiovascular medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and the executive director of USC’s Center for Body Computing – an innovation center focusing on how healthcare will be delivered globally in the near future.

Dr. Saxon shares valuable experience and insight on the rise of digital health solutions using mobile health technology such as the rollout of Apple iOS 8’s new Health platform, designed to integrate with consumer-grade wearable fitness devices like Fitbit and Jawbone.

These mobile devices–and other advances in the Quantified Self Movement–aim to assess our health and wellness or to manage chronic disease. Dr. Saxon also focuses how electronically-enhanced communication is changing–specifically, the enhanced benefit of the greater speed and ease of doctor-patient engagement leveraging digital communication.

 

Digital health is changing healthcare on a personal level, as well as a global level, helping physicians and clinicians monitor health outbreaks and disasters.

Dr. Saxon formed the USC Center for Body Computing in 2010. The Center is an international leader in the brave new world of connected healthcare in which medicine, engineering, communications, and entertainment have synthesized into creating a new healthcare paradigm that engages the patient fully. The Center is currently a place for all USC schools including medicine, engineering, business, cinematic arts, communications, law, and pharmacy to work across disciplines and accelerate the future of fully integrated, “connected” medicine.

Dr. Saxon has completed over 100 publications in various medical journals and is an active member of a multitude of organizations, including the American Heart Association, and the Heart Failure Society of America. In addition, she is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Dr. Saxon also collaborates with medical device companies to evaluate the latest, most innovative interventional wearable technologies.