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We have synthesized the tremendous ideas shared and vital points raised during this month-long event into a summary Discussion Brief, highlighting key themes from the contributions of our members, advisors, and keynote speakers.
Watch Ashish Jha's Keynote Speaker video on harnessing the energy of technology to engage patients and improve care
Watch David Bates's Keynote Speaker video on developing sticky technology for patient engagement
Technology represents a prime opportunity to engage patients in improving their health. The Commonwealth Fund and the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University have partnered to find breakthrough opportunities and ideas in health IT for patient engagement. These are global challenges that require voices from around the world to identify solutions. Health professionals have keen insights and observations on this challenge, but require space to adopt, operationalize and iterate continuously.
Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health (Health Management and Policy). Her research focuses on policy and management issues related to the use of IT in healthcare delivery. Her expertise is in health information exchange and... (more)
Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis, Partners Healthcare. Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in patient safety... (more)
Boston Children’s Hospital's first Chief Innovation Officer. She leads the Innovation Acceleration Program (IAP), focused on enhancing the innovation culture by supporting strategic innovation initiatives, resourcing grass roots innovation and identifying unmet... (more)
Honorary senior clinical lecturer in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London and a public health doctor. Felix's research interests are in measuring quality and safety in healthcare systems. He is currently evaluating... (more)
Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, a member of the Massachusetts State HIT Council, and a practicing Emergency Physician. (more)
Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, K.T. Professor of International Health & Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and a practicing Internal Medicine physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System. His work has focused on four primary areas... (more)
General Partner at InterWest, investing in in biopharmaceuticals and healthcare IT. Nina has a particular interest in the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system and invests in opportunities that serve high unmet medical needs and align with... (more)
Internal Medicine physician and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Global Health Equity. In addition, he serves as the Senior Vice President for Innovation at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and... (more)
Consultant at Clear-Voice and former Director of the Office of Consumer eHealth at the ONC. She was responsible for leading the responsible for leading the development and implementation of ONC's national strategy to engage consumers in their health and healthcare via information technology... (more)
Breakthrough Opportunity: n. An emerging idea for a different way that technologies, care delivery processes, organizational models, incentives, or policies could, if scaled, bring about societal-level change, reduce costs, and improve quality.
A breakthrough idea is an emerging technology, care delivery process, organizational model, incentive, or policy that, if scaled, could bring about societal-level change, reduce costs, and improve quality.
“Enabling consumers to make choices about what care they get, where they receive it, under what circumstances its delivered and to make choices about who they get it from and what they receive that could really dramatically change the way providers of care relate to patients and also that could enable people to care for themselves in dramatically new ways. Thats a theme we call “IT enabled consumer engagement” and the key ingredient is information and communication technology and its empowering capability.” — David Blumenthal, MD, President of the Commonwealth Fund
Selected ideas will be shared with GHDonline's community of over 13,500 health care professionals. Ideas will be reviewed by our Expert Advisors, and those with the greatest potential will be featured in a joint report from GHDonline and the Commonwealth Fund.
Advisors are leading experts in their fields who will be reviewing ideas and sharing their perspective and expertise throughout the event.
During the week of December 8-12, our Keynote speakers will be sharing their thoughts on technology and patient engagement in a series of short video interviews.
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