Hot Topics in Connected Health

The fall foliage is coming in nicely here in New England and the heat has kicked on the last few mornings.  The seasons have changed and that signals the intense, final preparations for this year’s Connected Health Symposium. I’ve been heavily involved in the content for this year’s event and am excited delve into some of the hot topics on the agenda.

This post is designed to help you build your own personal program for the event. Among the themes featured this year are: Consumer connected health, automated care, genetics and connected health, growing the market for connected health (both on the innovation side and in the more established supply chain of payers, providers, government and pharma), health policy and the implications for connected health and connected health at scale.

It promises to be a sensory smorgasbord unlike any other. If you have a smartphone, we’ll have an app for you to download so you can customize your own agenda during the two day event, but here’s my take on some of the speakers/sessions that are thematically connected. While we don’t have tracks, armed with your phone and this primer, you can create your own.

Consumer Connected Health

This is arguably one of the biggest developments in connected health over the last few years.  I’ve included sessions on patient empowerment in this category. Start with the debate on the real role of social networks in healthcare delivery, with Jeff Benabio and Andrew Watson, moderated by Alex Drane, promises to be informative and entertaining.  Later Thursday AM, back-to-back keynotes by Susannah Fox and Joe Coughlin fit well into this category.  That afternoon, you can hear about ensuring patient comprehension and motivation in a panel moderated by Talya Miron-Shatz with panelists Michael Barry, Mary Beth Chalk and Rami Cohen.

On day two, start out with Charles Duhigg’s talk on his now famous book, The Power of Habit.  Next, attend a panel discussion on physician ratings, moderated by Michael Cantor, featuring Rosalind Joffe, Barbra Rabson, John Santa and Barbara Spivak.  Participate in Sarah Krug’s panel on Peer-to-Peer Healthcare, featuring Sean Ahrens, Hugo Campos, Dave DeBronkart, Danny Sands and Susan Woods.  In the afternoon, check out Patricia Flatley-Brennan’s keynote on the Every Day Lives of Patients and the following Reactor Panel featuring Kathy Duckett, Judy Flynn, Carol Gawrys and Jon Wald.

Automated Care

We start right off with Sherry Turkle, who offers a balance to all of the enthusiasm about using technology to extend communication.  Her book, Alone Together, was one of my recent favorite reads.  Later in the day, I’ll be interviewing John Brooks on the Joslin Diabetes Center’s efforts in connected health.  On Friday late morning, attend the panel on automated care moderated by Tim Bickmore, featuring Tom Ryden and Victor Wang.

Genetics and Connected Health