Center for Connected Medicine Executive to Moderate Panel Session at mHealth Summit 2012

  Center for Connected Medicine Executive to Moderate Panel Session at mHealth
  Summit 2012

Medical director Andrew Watson, MD, will facilitate discussion on identifying
 opportunities and overcoming obstacles to integrating mHealth technology in
                             physician practices

2012 mHealth Summit

Business Wire

PITTSBURGH -- November 30, 2012

Andrew R. Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, medical director for the Center for
Connected Medicine, a global thought leader defining the transformation of
health care, will moderate a breakfast panel opening this year’s mHealth
Summit Dec. 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The session, sponsored by Healthcare IT
News and mHIMSS.org, will consider physician reluctance to embrace mHealth, as
well as explore both short- and long-term challenges and solutions.

Physician hesitation to adopt mobile technology runs contrary to consumers’
desire to conduct more and more of their lives via smartphone, tablet or
similar device. Concerned about losing the “personal connection” with
patients, many providers have been slow to implement emerging solutions.
Ironically, this unwillingness may actually alienate tech-savvy individuals
who prefer caregivers that can communicate in ways they consider convenient
and comfortable.

The session, scheduled for 7:30-8:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, preceding the
summit's opening keynote, is titled “mPowering the Physician in the Era of
Patient-Directed Healthcare.” Panelists include:

  *Marc Probst, chief information officer and vice president at Salt Lake
    City-based Intermountain Healthcare, as well as a member of the Federal
    Health Information Technology Policy Committee; and
  *Orlando Portale, chief innovation officer at San Diego-based Palomar
    Health, the largest healthcare district in California, and a leader in
    developing mHealth tools and services for both physicians and patients.

Panelists will address issues such as how to engage physicians in the mHealth
conversation and how to best introduce mHealth technology into a practice. In
addition, they will present best practices in mHealth technology that are
producing reliable clinical outcomes for physicians. Other issues to be
discussed include privacy and security concerns; patient accountability;
reimbursement platforms; protocols for using approved devices; and the
regulation and management of mobile apps.

“The mHealth Summit is a great forum for discussing current perspectives and
best practices for mHealth adoption,” says Dr. Watson. “I look forward to the
opportunity to participate in this session, intended to shine a spotlight on
the great value mHealth technology can provide. Candid discussion will help
reassure physicians that, however daunting the transition may be, embracing
mobility will benefit them and their patients.”

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CONNECTED MEDICINE

The Center for Connected Medicine is defining the transformation of health
care by serving as a global thought leader. It is the world’s first
collaborative health care executive briefing center dedicated to developing
the blueprint for innovative patient-centered health through understanding new
models of care and leveraging strategically integrated health information
technology. Based in Pittsburgh, the Center opened its doors in September 2009
and is comprised of four founding partners: Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, UPMC and
Verizon and eight strategic partners representing global leaders in health
care. The Center draws executives and clinicians from around the world to
explore the transformation of heath care. Visitors experience the
possibilities of an interconnected health care system firsthand, with real
clinical examples, and leave the Center with new insights and methods for
reinventing their organizations, streamlining their processes and embracing
the new paradigm in health care. To learn more about connected medicine, as
well as the Center’s vision and initiatives, please visit
www.connectedmed.com.

Contact:

Center for Connected Medicine
Dodge Communications
Elizabeth Glaser, 770-576-2551
eglaser@dodgecommunications.com
 
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