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A Few Highlights from Thursday at the 2016 Connected Health Symposium

PARTNERS Connected Health Symposium to Merge with PCHAlliance Connected Health Conference in 2017

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-9-45-49-pmThe Connected Health Symposium started off with a big announcement by founder, Joe Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health at Partners HealthCare. During his keynote, Kvedar announced that Partners Connected Health and the Personal Connected Health Alliance have formed a new partnership to improve health outcomes by accelerating the adoption of personal connected health and establishing the singular leadership event focused on the future of technology-enabled health and wellness. As part of this collaboration, they will merge the Partners Connected Health Symposium and the Connected Health Conference starting next year, creating the premier event in the field.

Beginning in 2017, the Partners Connected Health Symposium and the PCHAlliance Connected Health Conference (formerly the mHealth Summit) will combine to create the largest event dedicated to digital and connected health. The event will be hosted by PCHAlliance with Partners Connected Health serving as the Organizing Partner, under the banner of the Connected Health Conference.

Joseph C. Kvedar will serve as Program Chair for the newly combined event, and Senior Advisor to PCHAlliance. He has also joined the PCHAlliance Board of Directors.

Disruptive Women in Healthcare – Boston Strong Panel

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-9-45-14-pmOne of the sessions I was most looking forward to was the Disruptive Women in Healthcare panel discussion. It did not disappoint. The panelists included Robin Strongin (Moderator), President & CEO of Amplify Public Affairs and founder of the Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog; Ami Bhatt, MD, FACC, director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at MGH and an active clinical cardiologist, investigator and educator; Glenna Crooks, PhD, Founder of SageLife, LLC; Naomi Fried, PhD, thought leader in healthcare innovation and digital health; Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine and is Director of the certificate program in Digital Health Communication; Kathy McGroddy Goetz, PhD, Vice President of Partnerships & Solutions for IBM Watson Health; Mandira Singh, director at athenahealth where she runs the company’s More Disruption Please program including the MDP Network and Marketplace.

This panel was one of my favorite sessions of the day. I’m grateful to all of the panelists for sharing their stories and insights.

Best Presentation of the Day: Wearable Sensors Expand Human Potential by Lauren Costantini, PhD (Keynote)

costantini_lauren_cvent_editedDr. Costantini is CEO of Prima-Temp, a company revolutionizing wireless, continuous temperature sensing. Prima-Temp’s first product continuously tracks a woman’s body temperature, and sends an alert to her smartphone when she is most fertile. Dr. Costantini has a PhD in Neuroscience and was formerly on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Costantini is an amazing presenter. The substance of her talk was right on point. But, as someone who presents at lots of conferences, it was here ability as a presenter that most impressed me. She is poised, articulate, incredibly smart and just an overall strong communicator. I felt like I was watching a well produced Tedx Talk. In fact, she has done a Tedx Talk. If you’re interested, you can check it out below.

Connecting with the Team from RecycleHealth

In the past I’ve written posts about RecycleHealth, an organization started by my friend, Lisa Gualtieri. The team at RecycleHealth gathers wearables from people who upgrade to newer models or just stop using them, and donates them to fitness studies involving underserved populations. I was so excited to connect with Lisa and her team in the exhibit hall. What a great group! And Lisa is a rock star in the world of digital health communication.


Meeting Joe Kvedar, MD, Connected Health Founder

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-20-06-pmA week ago I wrote a review of Joe Kvedar’s book, The Internet of Healthy Things. I loved the book and plan to give copies to all of my clients and healthcare marketing friends. So, I was excited when I got the chance to meet Joe in person and have him sign my book. Between signing books he was trying to take a few bites of a Lobster Roll. Yes, we had Lobster Rolls for lunch, another highlight of the day!

Joe also announced that he and his collaborators have a new book coming out in 2017. The book will be titled, The New Mobile Age.

In summary, those were some of the highlights from Day One of the 2016 Connected Health Symposium. There’s really no way to capture this conference in a blog post. Attending the conference and interacting with attendees and speakers is truly a remarkable experience. I am on content overload. If you’ve never been to this event, I strongly recommend you put it on your calendar for next year! And by the way, people are dressed smartly at this conference. Lots of suits and business attire. For me, that was unexpected but welcome.



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