Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Behavioral Telehealth Summit Coming

The Second Annual Summit on “Behavioral Telehealth: Technology for Behavior Change & Disease Management” to be held in Boston on June 2-3, 2008 will be an exciting and innovative meeting. The Summit will focus on integrating behavioral health into primary care and chronic condition management in an effective and efficient way.

The Summit will feature presentations by academic thought leaders, clinical informatics experts, product developers, health services researchers, and business leaders.

Participants will learn:

  • How to use telemedicine and other emerging information technologies to support the integration of behavioral health into primary care and chronic disease management
  • How to empower health consumers through the design, use, and evaluation of technology assisted self care
  • How to identify the barriers to using telehealth and telemedicine as well as the strategies needed to overcome these barriers
  • How depression impacts the workplace productivity and how to solve the problem

The Summit is geared to senior executives, clinical leaders, clinicians, IT staff from behavioral health companies, disease management companies hospitals, health plans, employers, home care agencies, long term care facilities, academic institutions, government agencies, IT vendors, telemedicine companies, remote monitoring companies, psycho physiological monitoring companies, biofeedback and neurofeedback companies, behavioral test publishers and vendors, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, ehealth companies, consumer health portals, consulting and health law firms, and clinicians in private practice.

Steven Locke MD, Research Psychiatrist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Health Science and Technology, at MIT, and Program Chairperson will be a keynote speaker.

Other impressive keynoters will include Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, Professor of Healthcare Policy, Harvard Medical Center, Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Partners HealthCare Systems Inc., and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical, Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director of the Center for Health Communications Research Department of Health, Behavior, and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Chairman and Founder Health Media, Inc.

Some of the other notable keynote speakers will be from Duke University Medical Center, Tufts University, School of Medicine, Continua Health Alliance, and the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

There will be two Post Summit workshops that will delve more deeply into topics covered in the main body of the Summit. Workshop I to be co-chaired by David Ahern and Bruce Rollman will focus on technology tools for patient self-management and shared decision making. Workshop II to be co-chaired by Bryan Bergeron and Debra Lieberman will cover emerging technologies, gaming, simulation, and social media in behavioral health and disease management.

Some of the topics for the many sessions and panel discussions include Behavioral Health and Disease Management Integration, Serious Games and Health Improvement, Progress in Computer-based Treatment of Behavioral Disorders, Behavioral Informatics Interventions for the Workplace and Primary Care Settings, Telepsychiatry, and Legal Regulations and Policy Issues in Behavioral Health.

For more information or to register, contact Satish Kavirajan, Managing Director, TCBI, (310) 265-2570 or email