Austin conference highlights future of health-tech

AUSTIN (KXAN) — “Here is other uses of the bio-digital human,” said Aaron Oliker from BioDigital. Forget about a map, the bio-digital human is an atlas of the body. It shows veins, muscles and organs along with a library of diseases and illnesses that effect us humans. All of it contained in a digital program.

A special conference in Austin on Wednesday brought doctors and medical officials together to make sure they were staying up-to-date on the latest technology in their field.

Gone are the days of waiting for a cadaver, said Aaron Oliker. Future med-students can learn on their iPhone. “To be able to look at many different procedures that you might not ordinarily get to look at in the operating room,” he said.

Those future students could have a new home at the Dell Medical School, currently under construction.

“Austin has made it pretty clear that it wants to be on the cutting edge,” said Clay Johnston, dean of the Dell Medical School, who knows better than most that medical technology in the classroom can bring medical technology jobs.

“You bet, we’re going to try and create an environment to draw companies here,” he said. “To create those companies too from ideas that come from within the school.”

Johnston says there is already one company that moved to town because of the school, and he is hoping for more.

“We are together trying to envision what the medical school of the future will look like,” said Susan Skochelak with the American Medical Association. They organized the conference that brings medical schools together with bio-tech companies.

The University of Texas says it expects the education building for the Dell Medical School to be completed in May 2016. Just two months later, the Dell Medical School expects to welcome its first 50 students. The primary training facility for the school will open in 2017 and will house Seton’s new medical center.

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