Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His research focuses on health care financing reform; the study of information technology to improve pediatric care; and areas of health policy including physician malpractice and the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship.
Dr. Carroll was one of the first to study the use of mobile devices, such as Palm Pilots, in actual care and has written numerous publications on the subject.
He has held millions of dollars in various government agency grants to explore the use of information technology in health care and is one of the leading pediatric informaticists in the U.S. Dr. Carroll has also served in this capacity in committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the co-founder of Medical Data Solutions, one of the first software companies to create programs for health professionals for mobile devices.
His blog, The Incidental Economist, is one of the most well-read health policy blogs in the world. His work has been featured nearly all major international print magazines and newspapers, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, ABC News, and The Colbert Report. Dr. Carroll’s YouTube channel, “Healthcare Triage” received the 2015 National Institute of Health Care Management Digital Media Award.
He is a regular contributor to The New York Times – The Upshot, as well as other media outlets. Dr. Carroll’s forthcoming book: Bad Food Bible will be released November 2017 and he is the co-author of three books on medical myths, including the popular Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.
Dr. Carroll earned a BA in chemistry from Amherst College, an MD from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, and an MS in health services research from the University of Washington, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.
Listening to media coverage about the US health care system, it can seem impossible to get a real handle on what’s going on. Moreover, understanding what the future holds for health care reform, and how it will affect people, businesses, and the country doesn’t appear possible. Contrary to what many say, there are a number of replacement plans for the ACA that have Republican support. The problem is that these plans differ on critical issues, and resolving them may be difficult. This year may be the most critical since the law was first past. Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care reform, uses publicly available data and unbiased research to cut through the rhetoric and clearly explain potential changes, including:
Although great improvements in the use of information technology always seem to be right around the corner, our health care system is still in the Stone Age with respect to its use. It is shocking, and somewhat embarrassing, that while computers and information systems are the backbone of nearly every other industry or endeavor in the world, the health care system often lacks even the simplest of improvements.
Dr. Carroll discusses the many attempts made, why they have succeeded or failed, and how we can move forward. He covers the many misunderstandings of information technology, the potential it holds, and the limitations that are often ignored.
Emerging Technologies Drive the Future of Healthcare
In this keynote, Dr. Aaron Carroll addresses the specific impact that consumer-originated technologies will have in health care and further how the marketplace will be affected by, and can take advantage of, new technologies that originate and develop in the consumer space. For example:
~ How will mobile apps, DIY health care kits, physician extenders and the one-click millennials impact healthcare?
~ How will consumers use the quality measures regulators publish?
Dr. Carroll co-owned one of the first companies to write medical software for Palm Pilots (and that really dates him). He will deliver his thoughts on mobile apps, Apple’s Healthkit, physician extenders, minute clinics, personal health records, and more. His expertise has been published at his blog theincidentaleconomist.com, in the medical literature, and in the New York Times, to name a few. Bottom line, those who learn how to leverage and embrace emerging technologies to cater to consumer expectations will drive the future of health care for those who deliver, pay for or regulate it.
As we in the US continue to fight about how to fix our health care system, many are starting to look globally to see what other systems can teach us about reform. Contrary to what many in the media often portray, there are many, many different kinds of health care systems all over the world. Some do better in terms of quality, some do better in terms of access, and almost all of them do better in terms of costs.
Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care policy, will walk audience members through the design of a number of countries’ health care systems, explain how they differ from ours in terms of cost, quality, innovation, technology, wait times, coverage, and flexibility. He will explain how many of them made the choices they did, and what that has meant for their past and future. Finally, he will show how adopting some of the ideas behind them, while leading to inevitable tradeoffs, could make the US health care system much more successful.
from the co-Author of such books as “Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health,” and “Don’t Cross Your Eyes . . . They’ll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked.”
We’ve all heard the one about a dog’s mouth being cleaner than a human’s. That’s a myth, says Dr. Aaron Carroll. A dog’s mouth isn’t cleaner than a human’s – humans don’t use their tongues as toilet paper.” People have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe “facts” about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. Dr. Carroll takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies. Myth-busting is nothing new for Dr. Carroll who is not just a compelling speaker and extremely well-informed researcher and policy expert, but he has a great ability to spot the important issues and, to point out the disconnects, and the myths in health and wellness. In his keynote, Dr. Carroll highlights medical myths, how they get started, why they persist, and why they are important. He explains some of the truths behind myths he finds most interesting such as:
~ Turkey doesn’t make you sleepy – regardless of what you’ve heard . . . about the tryptophan.
~ Sugar doesn’t make kids hyper – there are at least 12 randomized controlled trials that say so.
~ You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
~ Chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years
~ You can catch poison ivy from someone who has it
~ If you drop food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it’s safe to eat
“People hearing my talk will learn about why many medical myths just aren’t true — (because) research says so. It will help them confront and think about other medical and health beliefs they are “sure” are true,” says Dr. Carroll. The truth or good information, not myths and misinformation, are pertinent in today’s turbulent health care environment. His information has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.
"He did a fantastic job. We definitely plan on doing more work with him in the near future."
"Aaron Carroll possesses an incredible depth of knowledge about our healthcare policy, which he shares in a dynamic presentation that entertains and educates. I was particularly impressed by how he used data to bring the subject alive, engaging the audience and forcing them to rethink their perceptions about healthcare reform. Aaron's insights are right on target. He puts aside partisanship to take a straightforward, honest look at where we stand with healthcare reform and where we need to go. He 'WOWed' our audience with his grasp of the issues."
"Aaron was great - very engaging and informative. Nothing but rave reviews!"
"Dr. Carroll was part of a high powered panel of presenters and included the President of the American Psychological Association and a Vice-President of Anthem/Wellpoint. However, he stood out in this prestigious group as the best and most informative presenter. He was the most highly rated of the presenters by the audience with many requests to invite him to present again. He is articulate, clear, thoughtful and organized. He is just the sort of keynote speaker that every organization hopes to find for their meeting. "
"There is simply no one more skilled at talking to audiences about health care reform and the future of health care in the United States than Aaron Carroll. Aaron became a weekly and sometimes bi weekly guest on my radio show throughout the last year. I've never seen him back down from a debate, and he is one of the rare experts who is skilled at taking unscreened calls. More than any other expert we had on, he changed the way people thought of and understood health care policy. If you are looking for an expert in the future of health care in the United States, someone who can explain the issues so that anyone can understand them, someone who can answer questions respectfully and objectively - and entertain while doing so - I guarantee you that Dr. Carroll is the best guy in the whole industry."
"Your presentation was one of the favorites on the program. Personally, I was very impressed with the content and organization of your presentation and I enjoyed your engaging presentation style. As you know, your presentation engendered a lot of discussion and I feel certain those present are a lot more knowledgeable now about the real impact of Obamacare."
"Dr. Carroll was a huge success! His message was spot-on. Attendees said that they had seen a lot of presentations on ACA and Dr. Carroll's was the best in terms helping them understand the ACA and its implications."
"Dr. Aaron Carroll was fresh, insightful and engaging. Dr. Carroll is genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish. Our audience of healthcare professionals were taken behind the scenes of the crisis and condition of healthcare as it impacts nations around world, and were presented with staggering statistics and data as to where our nation ranks, and what we need to do collectively to improve the health and wellness of Americans. We walked away with a better understanding of what needs to be done from an IT and research perspective, how it needs to be done, and the steps medical professionals need to take to enhance the quality of care Americans receive. Dr. Carroll was top notch from start to finish."
"Dr. Carroll's content as well as his ability to respond to the Questions section at the end was truly fantastic. I was a big fan before, now I'm a huge fan."
"He was awesome!"
"Aaron knocked it out of the park as evidenced by the fact that everyone I spoke with afterward was very impressed with the content and delivery. It exceeded our expectations and he was able to present a complex and potentially contentious topic in a non-biased, factual manner that engaged the audience and prompted numerous questions. And thank you (SOH) for all of your kind assistance."
KEYWORDS: Health Policy, Healthcare reform, Affordable Care Act, Future of healthcare, IT in healthcare