MedSavvy Grads Rx’s and Balancing Tech with Healthy Living – Portland, Dec. 6
One of many HTF events to close out this year, the Portland chapter’s second-ever meeting Dec. 6 saw 25 attendees networking over dinner and drinks before settling in for two fantastic presentations.
The first, by Shawn Smith, director of product at MedSavvy, focused on finding unbiased information about medications. That’s what his company specializes in – at MedSavvy, pharmacists evaluate prescription medicines based on real evidence about how well the medications work and how good the science is behind the research, and score each drug, report-card-style. They then evaluate these grades with considerations to cost, safety information, user reviews and a robust community to provide consumers with all of the possible information they might need to be well-informed when they’re talking with their doctors, deciding their best options.
With this as Smith’s background, he was well-qualified to discuss the challenges of finding unbiased information about the effectiveness and out-of-pocket costs of medications.
Following Smith, Surbhi Mahendru, management consultant and lifestyle coach, discussed the challenges of balancing our increasingly busy lives with our personal health and wellbeing. She discussed the potential health risks posed by an increasingly technological world, as well as all of the opportunities spurred on by new technology, that may help us live happier, healthier lives.
Mahendru says her ultimate vision is to drive health and wellness through digital enablement, consumer insights and cultural change. Her presentation, along with Smith’s, was very well-received.
The Portland chapter will hold its next meeting in February 2017. To see more about the meetup and join the chapter, click here.