How can patients use health IT to improve the care they receive? Can populations in underserved communities use Health IT as well? What does it take to develop and implement health IT solutions that “consumers” will use and champion and which can lead to improved outcomes? How can doctors and patients work together to create the next generation of tools of improving health care delivery?
These are some of the questions and topics we invite you to discuss in our new Expert Panel, organized with Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health as a complement to the 2013 Connected Health Symposium. If you were not able to attend this year’s symposium, or attended but wish to discuss these important topics further, now is your opportunity to connect with some of the speakers, and hear from additional experts in the field.
We’re delighted to welcome the following panelists for our discussion:
- John D. Hixson, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, works on several projects exploring the use of digital and mobile health applications to improve the longitudinal care of patients with chronic disease. John also serves as the Associate Deputy for Clinical Informatics at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and currently is the principal investigator of a national clinical trial examining the impact of the PatientsLikeMe platform in Veterans with epilepsy. Dr. Hixson is a leader in national VA implementation efforts and software development projects devoted to the use of digital health solutions for the Veterans.
- Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Manager of Research and Innovation at Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health, will share some insights and reflections from this year’s symposium.
- Pat Mastors, CEO of Pear Health LLC, Author of Design to Survive: 9 Ways an IKEA Approach Can Fix Health Care & Save Lives. A veteran news and medical reporter at several New England television stations, the loss of her father while in medical care in 2006 led Pat to seek solutions that patients and advocates can use themselves to support safety, dignity and participation. She is creator of the Patient Pod, a patient engagement & empowerment tool that brings patient autonomy and communication to the bedside.
- Alicia C. Staley, CEO of Akari Health, a start-up patient engagement consulting agency. With an engineering background, Alicia applies her technical knowledge in creative ways to bring different healthcare communities together to leverage knowledge, solutions, and support in efficient, effective ways. A three-time cancer survivor, she is committed to making a difference in the health care community and contributes to various online support communities.
How to Participate:
This virtual expert panel is free and open to all. Please click on “Join this Expert Panel” button on the right of the panel page.
This panel is part of our US Communities Initiative, which is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and aims to foster discussions between health care professionals on evidence-based practices, and translating these practices across disparate settings, to improve health care delivery in underserved populations in the US. We will share evidence and key points from relevant AHRQ resources to support this discussion, and encourage you to review these materials and ask questions, share complementary resources, and describe your experiences implementing these best practices.
Finally, in an effort to understand the impact of our Expert Panels and how we can improve, we invite you to take a short 4-question survey before this panel begins at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NTJX2SF
Once the panel has concluded, we will invite everyone to answer a similar, short follow-up survey.
We look forward to this discussion, so join the conversation and share your thoughts!