WLSA’s Rob McCray discusses the upcoming Convergence Summit and how its focus is on the successes of wireless health and how we can overcome the barriers that the connected health industry still faces. Read the article and register to join us at next week’s Summit.
Convergence Summit 2014 Session Themes
- Curating for Outcomes - Clinicians, providers and payors are challenged by uncertainty in trying to select the connected health devices, services and applications that meet their needs. Consumers are confused about their choices, as well as being insufficiently engaged. Traditional approaches for establishing the safety and efficacy of medical technologies are slow, expensive and delay the introduction of useful products. This session will explore how the tools of connected health and adaptive methods for clinical studies may offer a solution to the disconnection between the pace of technology innovation and traditional approaches to validation. Other topics related to this conversation include the role of the marketplace, transparency as to outcomes and standards.
- The Engaged Health Consumer - To maintain health, people need to be engaged with their own health as consumers, not just as patients. At a societal level, we must reduce the avoidable demand for health care through improved lifestyles and behavior. This session will present examples of how connected health solutions are or key challenges in achieving these goals. How can we use connected solutions to increase consumers’ engagement with their own health? Will the consumer retail sector become a driver of improved personal health?
- Toward a Sustainable Health Care System -Can innovation solve the access and cost problems in health care? What are the prospects for reducing the demand for chronic care services? What are the best models in the health care sector? What can we learn from innovations in other countries?
- Connected Health, Policy and Payments - This session will focus on two very timely issues in health care in the world’s largest health care market: How should health information technology be regulated? Should Congress amend the legislation governing the FDA? Is the fee for service model sustainable or should we plan for its replacement?
- Consumer Customer Service in B2B and B2C Models - Remote patient monitoring and therapeutic compliance are two of the best early opportunities for connected health. The patients most in need of connected health services are often those who are among our least connected and tech-proficient citizens. This session will explore the results when connected health technology is put in the hands of consumer end users. Can design eliminate the need for customer service? What are the elements of a successful customer support operation?
- The Hospital Panel - Wonderful technological solutions to everyday problems in hospitals fail if they are not integrated into the workflow and IT platforms of hospital customers. They also have to be paid for. What can we learn from the experience of some best of breed connected health care solutions that are designed for the hospital market? How do hospital customers think about major purchases? What are the major barriers to hospital adoption? How can they be overcome? Are there identifiable changes in policy or markets that would accelerate adoption?
- Voices of Patients - “Patient centric” care has been a buzzword for a number of years. Better health outcomes are linked to patient engagement with their own health and health care. However, the health care sector is paternalistic: “orders” are given to patients who are neither expected nor encouraged to understand and participate in their own care. This interactive session will highlight the powerful personal stories of three accidental patients and on that basis engage the entire audience in a conversation about the value patient voices and how to increase their impact with clinicians, device and pharmaceutical companies, and regulators.
- Crowdfunding for Health - New models of funding offer opportunities for entrepreneurs to bring in the capital required to build new health and wellness apps and devices while also receiving feedback from early adopters and data that can be used for clinical validation.