UCSF 'Unusual Thinkers' Spotlight Technology's Impact on Health Care

By Kevin Eisenmann

Technology and health care often go hand in hand, and UC San Francisco highlighted this budding alliance at the 11th annual Dreamforce conference, hosted by cloud computing giant Salesforce.com.

More than 110,000 people converged in downtown San Francisco for the four-day conference in November, which included UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, being featured during a keynote session and the UCSF "Unusual Thinkers" track exploring how cutting-edge technological approaches are revolutionizing health. 

During the event, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff – who with his wife Lynne have donated $100 million to the construction of a new UCSF children's hospital at Mission Bay – announced that Saleforce.com is donating $2.5 million to the Health eHeart study, led by UCSF cardiologist Jeffrey Olgin, MD, who presented at the "Unusual Thinkers" track. The study aims to enroll 1 million people who can track their vital stats through their smartphones and allow researchers to access the data to better understand the causes and potential treatments for heart disease, the world's leading cause of death.

The Dreamforce 2013 Concert for the Kids, featuring Green Day and Blondie at AT&T Park, also benefitted the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, raising more than $6 million.

Scroll through the slideshow above to learn more about Olgin's study and other innovations in health care.