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I have been thinking a lot (maybe a bit obsessively) about intersections in the past two months. As you can see by looking at my website tagline, intersections have some special meaning for me. And attending Stanford’s Medicine X conference was what really got me rolling on this thought train.

You see, the letter X is all about the intersection–that point where the lines meet and cross.

Medicine X is about intersections too. Initially, I think that the point of Medicine X was to explore the intersection of health and technology. But this year, the conference really showcased the intersection of patients and the medical community. That got me thinking about what other intersections could be explored:

  • The intersection between physical and mental health (come on, that was a given, right?)
  • The intersection between patients and caregivers
  • The intersection between lifestyle choices and health
  • The intersection between research and application
  • The intersection between developer and user
  • The intersection of our own different levels of identity in healthcare
  • The intersection between multiple models of health and health care
  • The intersection between traditional and emerging models of education and interaction

Because here is the thing–I think intersections are powerful places. Intersections allow different perspectives to meet, to share some common ground, to interact with one another. Conversations can happen in intersections, and dreams can grow there. Intersections also present the opportunity to change our direction, to choose a new path, to set our course in the world.

Intersections can be intimidating–after all, their existence represents a moment of change, of flux, of uncertainty.

But they are also the place where our opportunities appear.


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