From Feb. 28-March 4, the Lake Nona Impact Forum had all eyes on Lake Nona with some of the biggest names in health and wellness, including Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent at CNN; Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Dr. Oz show; and Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. This event highlighted some of the successful work and projects of local Lake Nona residents as well as the accomplishments of those in the medical field far beyond Central Florida.
Lake Nona is being recognized not only as a wonderful place in Central Florida to raise a family but also as an innovative and essential part of the rapid innovation of health and wellness that extends into the future of healthcare. “When I see Lake Nona, and the growth that has occured over the last decade, I see the future of healthcare for our nation,” said Dr. Carmona in an interview at the Lake Nona Impact Forum.
So, what is healthcare going to look like as the 21st century progresses? This, among other big questions surrounding the future of innovative healthcare, seemed to be the focal point of the forum, especially in some of the earlier talks talks of the event. There was a lot of discussion around the connections developing between the creation of a healthier self and community and how these two themes will carry on into the 21st century.
Themes like mental health, diet and exercise as well as sleep and sporting activity continued to be brought up and discussed in detail throughout the forum, reminding listeners how important the balancing act of overall health and wellness will continue to be into the future. “When the right businesses and institutions are located in proximity, they have the ability to foster collaboration and generate industry breakthroughs. At Lake Nona, in less than a decade, we have built a community on this strategy that has allowed us to bring in the right new industries to the region to fuel economic growth and job creation,” according to a statement made on the Lake Nona Impact Forum website.
Though these themes are topics that have been long discussed as far as health and wellness goes, other more innovative suggestions were also elaborated on by the speakers of the forum, including where the digital age of health and wellness will take us. These modern medical technologies – such as the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Health Information Exchange (HIE), Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), Personal Health Records (PHRs), patient portals, Nanomedicine, genome-based personalized mobile home healthcare, cloud computing, and social media – are all changing the way that health and wellness is understood, conducted, and executed in the modern age.
The future is bringing more medical technology, healthy communities, and deeper understanding of topics such as mental health, addiction, and the importance of access to medical treatment to light, and the Lake Nona Impact Forum took to each of these hard-hitting subjects with focus, diversity and expertise that only the best in the medical community could provide.
Read on to the rest of our topics regarding the Lake Nona Impact Forum to find out about the culture involved in creating the healthier people and communities of tomorrow.