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Healthcare Industry Experts At SXSW: The Future Is Rural

Leaders from Verily, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Texas A&M explained why rural America will be home to the greatest healthcare technology innovations in the near future.
By Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications March 12, 2019

If healthcare industry leaders want to get a glimpse of the future, they will need to look away from big cities and toward the countryside.

Rural healthcare experts and innovators from Verily Life Sciences, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Texas, the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas A&M Transportation Institute discussed why rural patients might be the first people to experience the latest healthcare technology, and not their urban counterparts, during a panel discussion on the final day of Texas A&M [Power] House at SXSW.

The Plugging Into Rural Healthcare Solutions panel dissected the role automation and artificial intelligence will play in increasing access and affordability, and why drones could take the place of some medivac helicopters in the very near future.

The panel featured:

  • Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Vivian Lee, President of Health Platforms at Verily (formerly Google X)
  • Greg Winfree, Director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Dean Carrie L. Byington, MD, Dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Senior Vice President of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Services at The Texas A&M University System. (moderator)

Listen to their entire conversation on SoundCloud.

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