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What is Body Computing?

On Friday, Sept. 28, the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC), part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will host thought leaders and innovators across medicine, military, sports, business, public policy and cybersecurity at the 12th Annual Body Computing Conference. The theme of this year's conference, The Decline of HealthCare, The Rise of LifeCare, will touch on the role of technology in all aspects of life — from ridesharing and digital health cars to combat training — and how security for digitally enabled LifeCare data has deep implications for individuals, organizations and even national security.

At the conference, data will be shared from a landmark study on the impact of wearable sensors and software in assessing the success of military training at Camp Pendleton. Initial results of a USC study sponsored by AARP Foundation investigating links between free ridesharing and senior health outcomes will also be shared. Speakers at this year's conference include leaders from the Pentagon, top policy centers, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ESPN, Sage Bionetworks, Google, Abbott and EVelozcity, including:

  • Joe L'Etoile, director, Close Combat Lethality Task Force, Pentagon

  • Janet Marchibroda, executive director & CEO, Council on Health and Innovation, Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Tom Haberstroh, NBA analyst, ESPN

  • Mike Kellen, chief technology officer, Sage Bionetworks

  • Jack Po, product manager, Google

  • Chris Tyberg, division vice president, information security, Abbott

  • Sohel Merchant, senior director, vehicle engineering, EVelozcity

"The integration of digital health in our lives is inevitable, and the progress that has been made since we met last September is remarkable," says Leslie Saxon, MD, founder and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing. "This conference aims to accelerate this momentum by fostering and supporting disruptive innovations, research and dialogue. I'm particularly excited about our work on how the data generated by digital health solutions impacts individual and societal security."

Every year in conjunction with the conference, the CBC also hosts a SLAM Competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to solve a new problem using digital health tools. This year, the competition will focus on how technology can address a current health care problem and creating solutions that are patient-centric. Competition entries are currently open, and letters of intent must be submitted online by Aug. 31. Winners of the SLAM Competition will be announced and recognized at the Body Computing Conference and awarded a $10,000 prize. For more details on the SLAM Competition, visit

The day-long conference has a rich tradition of gathering the most influential leaders in digital health, including key players from venture capital, government and policy bodies and innovative companies to partake in compelling discussions that help foster partnerships, investments and research projects.

For more information about the 12th Annual Body Computing Conference, visit

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