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Strata Rx 2013 Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 04/10/2013 EDT.

The O’Reilly Strata Rx Conference is a unique forum that brings together the diverse communities driving innovations in big data analytics for healthcare. Healthcare leaders in areas such as drug development and medical devices can meet with payers, providers, mobile health pioneers, health IT practitioners, and patients, but also with developers, statisticians, and analysts. Strata Rx is a rare East-meets-West opportunity for the medical establishment to mingle with the Silicon Valley technorati.

Strata Rx is the place where a critical mass of industry leaders gather to learn about the transformation of healthcare through big data and how to position themselves to benefit from these trends. Of course, Boston is the ideal place in which to highlight these innovations, given its proximity to the center of "healthcare tech" in Kendall Square and the Longwood Harvard Medical School area.

We are inviting proposals for presentations from health insurance executives, pharmaceutical and biotech leaders, hospital and government innovators, researchers from academic institutions, application and infrastructure developers, and patient advocacy group representatives. We’re interested in success stories, best practices, cautionary tales, and future developments. We want to hear stories and innovation from the entire healthcare ecosystem, with a particular emphasis on how big data is being implemented and making a difference in real organizations. And this year, we are adding a preliminary day of workshops to provide attendees a more in-depth look at select topics.

If you have a compelling story to tell or data to share, you are invited to submit a proposal now to speak at Strata Rx. You can also read some tips on submitting a proposal.

Suggested Topics

Session proposals are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics.

BioMedical Research and Drug Development

  • Discovery of disease mechanisms, drug targets, and drug mechanisms
  • Big data innovations in biomedical research
  • Discovery of predictive biomarkers to stratify patients in clinical trials
  • Discovery and use of molecular diagnostics from next-generation DNA sequencing and multi-‘omic and clinical data

Evidence-Based Care & Value-Based Reimbursement

  • Data-driven, point-of-care decision support tools for providers
  • Next-gen disease management
  • Comparative effectiveness research and health economics
  • ACO case studies
  • Identifying and removing waste and harm
  • Prediction of adverse events

Data Liquidity (activities that increase the availability and flow of patient data)

  • Role of foundations, governments, and NGOs in spurring data collection and sharing
  • Acceleration of data’s liquidity, exchange, and interoperability
  • Crowd-sourced data generation and sharing of patient data
  • Electronic health and medical records adoption (and the impact of HITECH)
  • The impact of HIPAA and patient privacy in the age of Facebook
  • Data-driven population health, public health, and epidemiology

Patient Engagement and Consumerism

  • Patient behavior change including the use of gamification, social media, etc.
  • Use of mobile health (mHealth) and quantified self
  • Role of consumerism in remaking the healthcare landscape
  • Price transparency and its effect on consumer engagement
  • State and city innovations/healthy cities

Deal-Flow in Health IT and Healthcare Big Data

  • Recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Potential IPOs coming up in 2013-2014
  • Venture financing
  • Strategic alliance deals

Required Information

  • Proposed title
  • Overview and extended descriptions of the presentation: main idea, subtopics, conclusion
  • Suggested tags
  • Suggested track
  • Speaker(s): expertise and summary biography

Presentation Type

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

  • 40-minute Session
  • 75-minute Workshop

Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Pierce at (203) 304-9476 or for more information.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for Strata Rx.

  • Be authentic! Your peers need real-world scenarios they can use. Please submit original presentation ideas that focus on knowledge transfer, and engaging and relevant examples
  • Include as much detail about the planned presentation as possible. The more we know about what you plan to present and why it matters, the better
  • Be thorough! If you are proposing a panel tell us who else would be on it. If you are going to have a release let us know.
  • Keep it free of marketing
  • Keep the audience in mind: they’re professional, and already pretty smart
  • Clearly identify the level of the talk: is it for beginners to the topic, or for gurus? What knowledge should people have when they come to the presentation?
  • Give it a simple and straightforward title or name. Clever or inappropriate titles and/or descriptions make it harder for people (committee and attendees) to figure out what you’re really talking about
  • Context is important. If your presentation is about something truly ground-breaking, earth-shattering, and new, it will be helpful to the reviewers if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know
  • Explain why people will want to attend: is the method or idea gaining traction? Are the tools critical to modern systems? Will they learn how to deploy it, modify it, or just what it is?
  • Warmed-over talks from some conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. The conference has a limited number of slots, and if attendees can see the same talk somewhere else, why should they come see you at this one? If you speak at a lot of events, be sure to note why this presentation is different
  • Avoid taking a scatter-shot approach to proposals if you submit more than one or two. Be focused, have something important to say on a worthwhile topic, and sell the topic (not just yourself)
  • Does your presentation have the participation of a woman, person of color, or member of another group often underrepresented at tech conferences? Diversity is one of the factors we seriously consider when reviewing proposals as we seek to broaden our speaker roster
  • If you’re a PR person, improve the proposal’s chances of being accepted by working closely with the presenter(s) to write a jargon-free proposal that contains clear value for attendees

Please keep in mind that this event is by and for professionals. Our participants expect that all presentations and supporting materials will be respectful, inclusive, and “safe for work.”

We welcome sessions for attendees with a variety of skill levels. Consider proposing a number of different skill-level sessions, and please indicate the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: non-technical, intermediate, or advanced.

Other Resources

Important Dates

  • The submission deadline for all proposals is April 10, 2013.
  • Registration opens in May 2013

Code of Conduct

We expect all participants, including speakers, to support our Code of Conduct, the core of which is this: an O’Reilly conference should be a safe and productive environment for everyone. Read more »

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