Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Healthcare Conference Coming

The 6th Healthcare Unbound Conference will build on the strength of the past five highly successful Conferences. Be sure to mark the date of June 22-23, 2009 to attend this great networking event to take place in at the Seattle Airport Marriot that will attract high level executives and clinicians from across the U.S. and abroad.

Innovative technologies are driving opportunities to service health consumers in new ways and in new settings. Forrester Research coined the term “Healthcare Unbound” to encompass the trends toward self-care, mobile care, home care, and using technology in, on, and around the body so that care can be free from formal institutions. This rapidly evolving technology field includes sensor technology, wearable computing, home-based health monitoring, and wellness and lifestyle support solutions.

It is highly important for healthcare companies involved in telemedicine and remote monitoring to attend this meeting. Sessions are geared to help healthcare providers, consumer technology companies, health IT companies, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, health plans and health insurance companies, hospitals, homecare agencies, chronic care management companies, long-term care facilities and retirement communities, wireless companies, the financial and consulting community, and government officials.

The program will focus primarily on the use of innovative remote monitoring, home telehealth, ehealth, and pervasive computing technology to use for chronic care management and wellness promotion. Over 75 speakers will participate in panel discussions, case studies, and keynote addresses. Sessions will include in-depth coverage of technology-enabled chronic care management and wellness promotion, impact of the economic stimulus bill on the marketplace, legal/regulatory and reimbursement issues, payer perspectives, wireless technologies, the medical home model, social media, and much more. This year’s program will again feature an Aging Services educational track developed in conjunction with AAHSA and the Center for Aging Services Technology.

Keynoter David R. Hunt M.D. FACS, Chief Medical Officer and Acting Director for the HHS Office for Health Information Technology Adoption within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, will discuss how the ONC for HIT can provide a clear path for promising technological solutions to compete in the marketplace and how this can improve the value of healthcare services.

Some of the other Keynote speakers include:

  • Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA, Principal Better Health Technologies to discuss how the stimulus funding for HIT and health reform will present dramatic opportunities for new disruptive technology and business models
  • Charles (Chuck) Parker Executive Director, Continua Health Alliance will discuss the release of the V1 Guides and certification process and the process ongoing for Version 2
  • William L. (Larry) Minnix Jr. President and CEO AAHSA will illustrate his vision for unbound long term services and how they should be financed
  • Michael J. Barrett, Managing Partner, Critical Mass Consulting, will look at how best to architect and deliver technology to connect the dots while driving significant health and economic outcomes
  • David C, Kibbe, M.D., Principal, The Kibbe Group and Senior Advisor for the American Academy of Family Physicians will address how to stay healthy and make treating illnesses more affordable, convenient, and personalized

Additional keynoters with innovative ideas include, Grant Harrison, Vice President, Consumer Innovation Center, for Humana Inc., Robert L Heyl, Head of Digital Engagement Strategy and Innovation, for Aetna, Claire Trescott, M.D., Director of the Primary Care, for the Group Health Cooperative, Anand K. Iyer, PhD, President and Chief Operating Officer, for WellDoc, Inc., and Joseph Gifford, M.D., Senior Medical Director, for the Regence Group a BCBS affiliate.

Three optional post-conference workshops will be held. One workshop “Innovations in Technology-enabled Patient Self Management” will cover integrating remote monitoring with the health record, web portals, computer-based programs, health 2.0 applications, portable devices for self management and behavior change, and for games for health.

This workshop will be chaired by Steven Locke, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, MIT & Principal, Veritas Health Solutions LLC.

The second post conference workshop will explore the Patient Centered Medical Home and Healthcare Unbound and chaired by Jaan Sidorov, M.D., MHSA, Medical Director, Medical Informatics, EDS.
Topics will include implications of medical technology to support medical homes, ways that technology can tie the medical home to the rest of value-based care. The question is does technology shape the medical home or does the medical home shape technology.

The third post conference workshop “When Consumer Electronics Deliver Healthcare Unbound Services—a National Case Study chaired by Rob Scheschareg, President, MedConcierge LLC., will present real-world solutions available and in-use today that can overcome infrastructure and compliance hurdles to deliver a comprehensive set of healthcare unbound services.

For information on sponsorship, exhibiting, or to register, email the Managing Director of TCBI, Satish Kavirajan at , call 310-265-2570, or go to The Center for Business Innovation (TCBI) organizes conferences and exhibitions for the U.S. and international markets. For additional information, go to