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May 18, 2011 SDF Healthcare Technology Innovation

On May 18, 2011 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, SDForum held the second annual “Healthcare Technology Innovation Boom Symposium.” IT is delivering health care more effectively and economically than traditional methods. One example is with patient information in Electronic Health Records delivered to mobile devices of professionals to diagnose and monitor patients in near real time.

Holly Potter of Kaiser Permanente gave the opening keynote on converting current IT desktop era structures to mobile monitoring social media.

David Snyder of 42TEK moderated panelists Dr. Enoch Choi of PAMF and Rajib Ghosh of Bosch Healthcare on the topic “The Global Landscape.” Upgrading Health IT requires establishing global data standards for personal medical histories. Doctors can then quickly diagnose and treat patients even in natural disasters.

Robert Fassett of Oracle talked about Oracle’s role in Health IT. The goal is to provide accountable health care using a new generation of analytical tools to catch and avoid mistakes.

Marco Smit of Health 2.0 moderated panelists Ron Gutman of Health Tap, Ryan Howard of Practice Fusion, Amanda Prail of Med Vantage and Dean Stephens of Healthline on the topic “Technology and Data.” The new technology empowers patients to manage their health. While there are opportunities for developing apps for cyberchondriacs, there will also be room for cheap cross platform web cloud apps to monitor patients health from mobile devices.

Derek Dowsett of Moss Adams moderated panelists Rebecca Lynn of Morgenthaler Ventures, Anne DeGheest of Medstars, Alex de Winter of Mohr Davidow and Casper de Clercq of Norwest Venture Partners on the topic “The Venture Landscape.” Over forty percent of doctors in America use a medical app on an iPhone or iPad. Doctors would rather treat patients than run IT, so more and more of them are turning their practice over to larger hospital or medical organizations. There are big opportunities for running billing processes.

There were lightning pitches from exhibitors during the networking lunch.

Patrick Doody of Pillsbury moderated panelists Henry Albrecht of Limeade, Dr. Yan Chow of Kaiser Permanente, Byron Gehring of Convergence Health and Lisa Suennen of Psilos Group on the topic “Chronic Disease Technology Transformation.” Mobile devices monitor wellness and integrate care across specialists. The feedback encourages good habits and avoids conflicting treatments.

Philip Korn of First Republic Bank moderated panelists Eric Leven of Rip Road Mobile, Albert Santalo of CareCloud , Jeff Tangney of Doximity and Halle Tecco of Rock Health on the topic “Rising Stars and Game-Changers.” Opportunities exist for apps that create faster better communication between doctor and patient. Think texting and testing apps for the global prepaid phone market. Build apps from scratch to avoid clunky Frankenware.

Shawn Leavitt of Safeway made the closing remarks on a comprehensive corporate employee health care system. Such monitoring raises more questions on how to deal with privacy than health.

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Jun. 8, 2010 SDForum Health IT

On June 8, 2010 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, SDForum and IBM partnered “The Healthcare IT Symposium: The Role of Technology Innovation in Healthcare.” The event focused on the challenges the health care industry’s IT infrastructure response to new regulations and the Health Information Exchanges (HIE).

Deborah Magid introduced fellow IBMer Lonne Jaffe who gave the opening keynote “Enabling Technologies for Healthcare Transformation.”

Gerry Hinkley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Linda Drumright of DecisionView, Ryan Howard of Practice Fusion, Ron Jimenez of Santa Clara Health and Hospital System, Dr. Wayne Pan of SciMed Partners and Marco Smit of Health 2.0 Advisors. They discussed information technology in health care’s challenges of preserving patient privacy and meeting regulatory requirements.

Adam Bosworth of Keas gave a contrary view in his keynote “Innovating in Healthcare – The Emperor Has No Clothes.” All the technology and regulation in the world will not improve the health of patients in less there are incentives to everyone in the system to prevent long term disease. He mentioned Mint.com’s software as an example of how patient’s can manage their health.

Philip Korn of TriNet moderated panelists Brian Ascher of Venrock, Jeff Calcagno of Scale Venture Partners and Dr. Louis G. Lange of Asset Management. They discussed the venture landscape and where they are investing in healthcare IT.

Jaap Suermondt of Hewlett-Packard gave the final keynote about the crisis approaching and how we might deal with it.

I recommend James Downey’s article on this event:


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