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July 29, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Academic leaders, industry experts, thought leaders, government policymakers, scientists, educators, healthcare providers and entrepreneurs from across the globe will gather at The Ohio State University in October to share the latest innovations in personalized health care, design thinking and the delivery of medicine.

The 2013 Johanna and Ralph DeStefano Personalized Health Care Conference, hosted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s IDEA Studio for Health Care and Design, will be Oct. 2-3 at the Blackwell Inn at 2110 Tuttle Park Place, on the campus of Ohio State.

With a theme of “Delivering Medicine that Matters,” attendees will hear from experts about revolutionizing medicine and transforming healthcare delivery in a way which will result in more precise, cost-effective and higher quality health care for patients. Experts will discuss the evolution of personalized health care, explore solutions to enhance the user experience and moving health care from the office to the home and throughout the community. Personalized health care topics will include design thinking, ecologies, innovation and commercialization, data analytics and disease prevention.

This year’s keynote speakers and participants include:

Chris Anderson, Former Editor-in-chief, Wired; Author, Makers, The Long Tail and Free; Founder, DIYDrones, 3D Robotics and

Bob Schwartz, MA; General Manager of Global Design & User Experience, GE Healthcare

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN; Associate Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer, The Ohio State University; Dean, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Brigadier General (ret.) Rhonda Cornum, MD; Director of Health Strategy, TechWerks

“Like Steve Jobs’ goal for Apple products, we’re interested in delivering medicine that we want for our families and ourselves that combines access and delivery of services at consumer’s needs, convenience and precision,” said Dr. Clay Marsh, chief information officer and senior associate vice president at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

“In addition, this year’s conference will provide experts who will discuss how advanced data analytics, complex systems dynamics and lessons learned from commercial and military sectors can focus on the data that matters to augment health and longevity,” said Marsh, also vice dean for innovation at Ohio State College of Medicine and executive director of Ohio State’s IDEA Studio for Health Care and Design.

Click here for more information about the conference program, registration and participating speakers.

Contact: Sherri Kirk, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or