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Actual Debates on Stage Planned for Connected Health Symposium in Boston

Posted on September 29, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

UPDATE: I’m also going to be doing a healthcare IT event in Boston with ScratchMM if you’re not going to the conference and still want to come meet me. Just register for the event here so we know how many are coming.

Many of you might remember that I posted about the Connected Health Symposium in Boston (and a $400 discount code for the event) that I’ll be attending. Well, today I got an email about the event that was incredibly intriguing.

The email said that they’re going to have people on stage that actually disagree with each other. What a novel concept! To be honest, that is one of my pet peeves about many panels. It’s like this huge love fest. I don’t think I’ve ever sat on a panel where I was like that. Maybe it’s just not my nature as a blogger, but I like to discuss all angles of a conversation. Even if I agree with something someone is said, I’m happy to explain why other people might disagree with our thinking. I call it playing devil’s advocate. Obviously, I have nothing to sell, so it’s easy for me to do it, but I understand why others can’t do it as well.

Either way, I’m excited that Connected Health Symposium is making an effort to provide all angles of a conversation. Here’s a list of example sessions that will be “debates:”

  • Resolved: Current Approaches to Patient Self-Management Do Little to Improve Quality or Lower Costs.   In full agreement with the resolution is Shahid Shah, CEO of Netspective and analytic mastermind behind the HealthCareITGuy blog.  Disagreeing is Joseph Kvedar, MD, Director of Partners Center for Connected Health.   Cynthia Bouthot of the Collaborative Innovation Group moderates and promises a spirited exchange.
  • Resolved: ACOs – Nice Idea, Won’t Work!   Agreeing is Jeff Goldsmith, PhD, President, Health Futures, and Associate Professor of Public Health Services at the Univ. of Virginia.  Disagreeing is Timothy Ferris, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Mass. General Physicians Organization; Senior Scientist, Partners/MGH Institute for Health Policy.  Lawrence Vernaglia, JD, Healthcare Industry Chair at Foley & Lardner, moderates the discussion and maintains the peace.
  • Resolved: For Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring, the Business Model of the Future Isn’t Direct Reimbursement; It’s Bundled and Global Payments.  Agreeing is Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA, Principal of Better Health Technologies.   Disagreeing is Jasper zu Putlitz, MD, President of Robert Bosch Healthcare.  Setter of the pace and keeper of the clock is moderator Joan Lebow, JD, Principal at Lebow, Malecki & Tasch.

I hope to meet some other people at the event in Boston. I always enjoy a good friendly debate. My favorite people in the world are people who can have an educated disagreement and still be friends after.

2011 Connected Health Symposium by Partners Healthcare

Posted on September 9, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today I had a call with some readers of my blog EMR and HIPAA that were from Boston. I told them how much I love Boston and we decided that we’d get some italian in Littly Italy in Boston the next time I’m out there. Little did I know that temptation would come across my path today when I saw a note about the 2011 Connected Health Symposium in Boston.

The Connected Health Symposium is put together by Partners Healthcare, but I think has a good commitment to putting together independent content for healthcare. Today was the second time I’ve seen someone I respect recommend the Connected Health Symposium. So, I’m looking into the possibility of attending. We’ll see how friendly they are to press attendance.

Is anyone else going? Looks like a jam packed two days of sessions with a good mix of current happenings and forward looking ideas. Has anyone else been before?

UPDATE: Good news. I just got a sweet discount code to those interested in attending the 2011 Connected Health Symposium in Boston. The code will give you $400 off the regular rate. That’s a pretty amazing discount if you ask me. The coupon code is: HealthcareScene (all one word) and you can register here. Hope to see a lot of you at the event!

UPDATE 2: I’m also going to be doing a healthcare IT event in Boston with ScratchMM if you’re not going to the conference and still want to come meet me. Just register for the event here so we know how many are coming.

Practice Fusion in DC for summit on interoperability

Posted on August 10, 2011 I Written By

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC in 2009. He can be contacted at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.

Recently had the pleasure of spending a great night out with our friends Emily Peters and Tom McMennamin at Practice Fusion.  After serving 22 patients in a very busy day for us yesterday, we had a blast at Ris since E & T were in town for a local conference to discuss the importance of EMR and EHR interoperability with major government institutions.  Various government reps were present for this two-day extravaganza of the minds, including those from the Social Security Administration.  Turns out that PF is working on developing many things, including a bridge to communicate important medical records electronically to the SSA efficiently when patients apply for disability benefits support.  I’ve completed two such requests for records recently in the past two weeks and it’s currently all on paper.  What a pain and how inefficient!

After a long first day at the conference, Emily and Tom were still alive and bursting with energy enough to meet up with several local area docs and practice managers to discuss the latest and greatest updates.  We got to ooh and ahh at all the progress in Practice Fusion’s ongoing meteoric rise over the past several years.  They are now around 100 employees and will be moving into a fantastic new larger space in San Francisco within the next few months to better accommodate their mission to provide a great EHR, EMR system with top-notch interoperability.  Go PF!

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC.  He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009.  He can be reached at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.

HIMSS 11 Keynote Speakers in Orlando

Posted on September 9, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m not one to go to a lot of conferences. Although, I’ve been going to one all day today and tomorrow and it’s been quite interesting. Although, the best part has definitely been the in depth discussions about EHR that I’ve had with numerous attendees at the conference. More on that subject coming soon.

I’m also hoping to go to HIMSS 11 in Orlando. I had a great time at HIMSS 10 and I’d be remiss to not go to HIMSS 11. Let’s hope that I can find some sponsors for my coverage of HIMSS 11 to help offset the cost of the trip (any takers?). Here’s some links to find my coverage of HIMSS 11 on EMR and HIPAA and HIMSS 11 on EMR and EHR.

HIMSS just announced a couple of the keynote speakers for HIMSS 11. These are the 2 keynote speakers don’t necessarily specifically tie to healthcare in the traditional way:

Michael J. Fox – Popular actor and author Michael J. Fox shares his experiences as a patient and patient advocate.

Richard Boyd – Richard Boyd, expert in simulations for computer gaming, defense and film industries, will share his experiences with technologies used in the film “Avatar’ and their importance for the healthcare industry.

I must admit that I think Michael J. Fox will be a fascinating speaker. I’ll definitely be staying for that one. I don’t know Richard Boyd at all so we’ll see what happens with that one.

I’m definitely planning on approaching HIMSS in a very different way than I did last year. I had FAR too much scheduled time last year and tried to do too much. I’ll be freeing up my schedule this year to just discover new things and to have more quality time with great people than less time with more people. At least that’s the plan.

I know it’s early, but who’s planning on HIMSS 11?

HIMSS 10 Early Registration Ends Today

Posted on December 14, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today is the last day for early registration of HIMSS 10. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of HIMSS the organization, but it’s hard to argue with not attending the HIMSS 10 conference. I could be wrong since this will be my first time attending, but I think that it’s going to be a very interesting conference for me. This is especially true thanks to the $18 billion of ARRA EHR stimulus money.

Ok, I can admit that going to the HIMSS conference for me is like a little kid in a candy store. This and my other EMR blog are all about great content and advertisers. Seems like HIMSS will provide the perfect mix of that for me.

Anyway, just wanted to remind people that today was the last day before the jack up the prices. Plus, I’m interested to hear about other people that are planning to attend. I’ve also heard rumor that there might be a meet the bloggers session at HIMSS. Sounds like fun to me! I know there’s a number of healthcare IT bloggers that I’d love to meet.