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Medicine is in the midst of a shift never before seen. Information and technology are advancing at rates faster than our ability to adapt. These changes, along with social forces such as the health 2.0 movement, are redefining the role of the doctor and patient. This course offers participants an engaging, never-before-seen view of medicine and healthcare. 

"Medicine in the Digital Age" features in-depth interviews with thought leaders in digital health, including:

Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine (2012) and The Patient Will See You Now (2015) 
Dr. Roni Zeiger, former Chief Health Strategist for Google and CEO and Co-founder of Smart Patients 
Dr. Peter Killoran, Biomedical informatics and EHR usability expert
Fred Trotter, Data Journalist and Author of ​Meaningful Use​ and Beyond (2011) 
Dr. David Wetter, Director of Innovation for Behavioral Health on Mobile Data to Knowledge (MD2K) center, for NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative 

The course is intended for a general audience and is relevant to anyone working or interested in the emerging healthcare environment. At the end of the course, participants will have the knowledge to successfully engage with the future of digital medicine. 

Medicine in the Digital Age maps out the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare in the networked age. We will explore the role of social media in healthcare communication, the uses of wearable technologies, the potential for big data to reshape health behaviors, the ethics of personalized medicine, and the impact of these new developments on the doctor-patient relationship. Participants will gain an understanding of the connected health revolution and tools to critically analyze this evolving ecosystem. Medicine in the Digital Age will launch a fresh conversation about what the future of medicine should be, and how we should get there. Join us!

What background is required to participate in this course?
No specific background is required for this course, but it is aimed at professionals who have (or would like to have) some amount of decision-making capability in their organization. This course is for leaders and aspiring leaders in healthcare and allied sectors including telecommunications, health insurance, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, device manufacturing, policy and government, investment, consulting and innovation.

Is this course part of a series?
Not yet, but watch for future announcements!

Can I still enroll if the course has started?
Yes, but look for additional announcements from course staff about assessments that will need to be completed to qualify for the RiceX Certificate.

What types of certificates does RiceX offer?
Upon successful completion of RiceX courses, learners will be awarded a RiceX Certificate from Rice University.

How are certificates determined?
Earning a certificate is determined by the individual course. Generally, learners must complete all course requirements at a level pre-determined by the course instructor to earn a certificate.

What happens if I do not pass or cannot complete a course?
There is no limit on the number of times you can enroll in RiceX courses. Many of RiceX courses are offered on a routine basis and you will be able to enroll in the next offering.

How can I earn a certificate for the series?
Some RiceX courses are part of a series. Usually you can enroll in just one course or the entire series.  Often you do not have to decide to complete the full series when you begin. Participants can earn a series certificate if they satisfactorily fulfill the requirements for completing the series.

What happens after I sign up?
Once you have registered and paid for a course, you will receive a confirmation email from RiceX.

What time is the class?'
Courses materials are available 24 hours a day once the course has officially opened.  Some courses include live webcasts with instructors scheduled at a specific time. The webcasts are recorded and available to participants who are not able to join.  

What if I have a question or concern for the instructor?
You will be part of a dynamic global learning community of fellow professional participants available 24-7 to help within the framework of the honor code. Course engagement managers monitor the discussion forum and can address your questions or forward to the instructor.

How can I meet/find other course participants?
Every RiceX course includes a Participant Discussion Forum where you can interact with other participating professionals. The Forum is guided by an honor code. You can also connect through Google+ Hangouts and interactive activities like live webcasts that may be included in a course.

Is there an exam at the end?
No, there is no exam. Instead, there is a final project at the end of the course.

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  • How to identify the core areas of growth and disruption in digital health.
  • How to distinguish between hype and real opportunity in digital health.
  • How to identify major challenges facing doctors and patients as medicine transitions from analog to digital.
  • How digital health is re-defining the physician.
  • How to recognize the emerging role of the e-patient in health care.
  • How to critically analyze the risks and opportunities facing individuals and health organizations as they transition to the digital health space.
  • How to use Twitter like an expert to leverage public dialogue, both personally and professionally.


  • Kirsten Ostherr
  • Bryan Vartabedian MD

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