Dr. Brennan Spiegel is the Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, where he teaches digital health science, health analytics, and health economics.
Dr. Spiegel directs the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies, including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social media, can strengthen the patient-doctor bond, improve outcomes, and save money. CS-CORE unites clinicians, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians and health services researchers to invent, test, and implement digital innovations for the clinical trenches, always focusing on the value of technology to patient and provider end-users.
Dr. Spiegel has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks, editorials, and more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is listed in the 2016 Onalytica "Top 100 Influencer" lists for digital health (#13) and virtual reality (#14). His digital health research has been featured by major media outlets, including NBC News, PBS, Forbes, Bloomberg, NPR, and Reuters.
Beyond his focus on digital health innovations, Dr. Spiegel conducts psychometric, health-economic, epidemiologic, and qualitative research across a wide range of healthcare topics. As a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Field Advisory Committee, Dr. Spiegel also develops endpoints for clinical trials. His research team receives funding from the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Veterans Administration, and industry sources. Dr. Spiegel is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology – the leading clinical gastroenterology journal in North America. He continues to practice clinical medicine and maintains a busy academic teaching practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. A prolific speaker, Dr. Spiegel is frequently invited to present on his areas of expertise at national and international events.
Dr. Spiegel Co-Founded My Total Health, a digital health company developing novel smartphone applications, such as MyGiHealth, that provide value to patients, physicians, and healthcare systems. He also invented AbStats, an FDA-cleared wearable biosensor that non-invasively monitors human digestion.
Hospital patients can experience anxiety, uncertainty and boredom exacerbated by a radical change in living environment. Cedars-Sinai has been trying to address this problem by using virtual reality (VR) to “transport” patients away from the four walls of their hospital room and into novel, positive, and emotionally enriching experiences.
Over the past year Cedars-Sinai has studied more than 300 diverse patients using a range of virtual reality visualizations, and is now conducting a large, randomized controlled trial testing the impact of VR on pain management, opioid usage, length of stay, and satisfaction with care among hospitalized patients.
In this talk, Brennan Spiegel, MD, director of health services research at Cedars-Sinai, will discuss Cedars’ experiences using VR. He’ll address the health economic projections for developing a VR Consult Service, and whether the upfront costs of using VR are offset by downstream savings. Some of the lessons in this talk may not be surprising, but others are striking and unexpected.