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Darria Long Gillespie  

Practicing Emergency Physician; Former Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy at Sharecare; TV & Media Medical Expert

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie is a Yale- and Harvard-trained emergency physician, author of the upcoming book "Mom Hacks" (2019), and a regular TV expert on HLN, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and Fox News.

A mom of two herself, Dr. Darria is quickly becoming the national ‘go-to’ doctor for women and parenting health – Dr. Oz refers to her as the “make-life-better-for-women doctor”. Dr. Darria is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School, MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and residency training from Yale School of Medicine.

Mom Hacks has also been endorsed by Dr. Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN anchor Lynn Smith, and Dr. William Sears. The point of “hacks” is that they are the smallest incremental and most scientific shortcuts to make good wellbeing (and sanity) doable, and to help moms everywhere get back their “I’ve got this”.

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Health Hacks: The Tiniest Changes with the Biggest Gains

Why does society assume that good health has to be a never-ending battle? No more. We cure diseases. We create artificial ears using 3-D printers. We solved how to pee in space. We can figure this out too, and now Dr. Darria has done just that.

As an ER doctor, Dr. Darria understands having too much to do in too little time. No matter what comes through those ER doors, she has to know, ‘I’ve got this.’ But then she became a patient – and later a mom of two – and realized that she suddenly couldn’t say the same about her own wellbeing. It quickly became clear that the current health paradigm for parents was not working.

A Yale-trained emergency physician and Harvard MBA, Dr. Darria has transferred those same high-yield systems that give her that calm-in-the-face-of-chaos mentality in the ER, into Health Hacks that give audiences the same success in their everyday wellbeing. Health Hacks don’t add to your to-do list, they make it easier to do.

By combining the best in medicine with behavioral economics and psychology, Dr. Darria will D.A.R.E (Design, Automate, Reframe, Engage) audiences to change in an entirely new way that incorporates strategically small and incremental changes. Let wellbeing become simpler. Doable. Find your own “I’ve got this,” today.

Mom Hacks: The Tiniest Changes to Get Back Your “I’ve GOT this"

Why does society assume that poor health (and at times our sanity) has to be a cost of motherhood? No more. We cure diseases. We create artificial ears using 3-D printers. We solved how to pee in space. We can figure this out too, and now Dr. Darria has done just that.

As an ER doctor, Dr. Darria understands having too much to do in too little time. No matter what comes through those ER doors, she has to know, ‘I’ve got this.’ But then she became a patient – and later a mom of two – and realized that she suddenly couldn’t say the same about her own wellbeing. It quickly became clear that the current health paradigm for pa ents was not working.

A Yale-trained emergency physician and Harvard MBA, Dr. Darria has transferred those same high-yield systems that give her that calm-in-the-face-of-chaos mentality in the ER, into “Health Hacks” that give parents the same success in the everyday wellbeing of their entire family. Health Hacks don’t add to your to-do list, they make it easier to do.

By combining the best in medicine with behavioral economics and psychology, Dr. Darria will D.A.R.E (Design, Automate, Reframe, Engage) audiences to change in an entirely new way that incorporates strategically small and incremental changes. Let the wellbeing of your entire family become simpler. Doable. Find your own “I’ve got this,” today.

Is the Doctor ‘In”? The Future of Patient and Provider Experience and Engagement

“The Amazon-ization of Healthcare”. Telemedicine. Growing healthcare expenditures that parallel our growing chronic disease burden – and increasing frustration on the part of both patients and physicians. How can the provider experience change over the next 20 years? What is the future of “Digital Health” – and is it the solution? How can we overcome security and privacy concerns, and enlist providers and hospitals, which are historically slow to adopt this new technology? We face a critical juncture in the ability to leverage technology in healthcare in a way that can connect the entire system.

As a physician, media expert and digital health leader, Dr. Darria Long Gillespie will discuss future digital health trends – and roadblocks. Moving forward will require a new hybrid healthcare model that if done well, can save healthcare expenses, reinvigorate the patient/physician relationship, and most importantly, improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

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