Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Save the Date: Partners Symposium

Partners Healthcare 2011 Connected Health Symposium promises to be a premier opportunity for healthcare executives and key thought leaders to have in-depth discussions and debates on the tough healthcare issues that countries all over the world face in the 21st century. Save the date for the Symposium to be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on October 20-21, 2011.

The theme for the Symposium “Driving Quality Up and Costs Down: New Technologies for an Era of Accountability” will provide vital information to over 1,100 health technology leaders, community-based practitioners, health plan executives, large employers, government policy makers, and investors.

Joe Kvedar, MD, Director for Partner’s Center for Connected Health is looking forward to hearing new ideas from all of the health innovators and attendees at the Symposium and taking part in the discussions and debates on delivering quality care outside traditional medical settings.

The two day event will be filled with top keynote speakers such as Brent James M.D., Chief Quality Officer, Intermountain HealthCare and the subject of the New York Times Sunday Magazine article “If Health Care is Going to Change, Dr. Brent James Ideas will Lead the Way”

Also presenting is Kate Pickett, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York in the UK and the author of “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger” named a Top Ten book of the Decade by the New Statesman

Other keynoters include Atul Gwande, M.D. Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, New Yorker Magazine staff writer on healthcare, and Director for the World Health Organization’s Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.

Attendees will also listen to Janet Dillione GM for Healthcare, Nuance on how she developed healthcare uses for “Watson” IBM’s Artificial Intelligence System. “Watson “was the star computer system that beat two human champions on Jeopardy.

Using technologies to measure emotion will be addressed by Rosalind Picard, ScD, Director, Affective Computing Research Group, MIT Media Lab; a developer of software that recognizes and interprets facial expressions.

Also at MIT, Alex (Sandy) Pentland, PhD, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Director, MIT Human Dynamics Lab, and Co-Founder of CogitolHealth” will talk about other pertinent ongoing research at the university.

Using virtual characters designed to sustain long term social and emotional relationships with people will be addressed by Timothy Bickmore, PhD, Associate Professor College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University and an expert on Relational Agents

To address the benefits of social media, William Shrank MD Principal Investigator, CVS Caremark Harvard Partnership for Improving Medication Adherence, has examined how Facebook can help diabetic patients.

Also on the agenda are many breakout sessions with vital information on accountable care organizations, innovative ways to provide wireless for poor communities, ongoing developments in gaming psychology, entrepreneurship, enhancing decision making skills, dealing effectively with the marketplace, meeting future goals, and working effectively using today’s expanding social media.

The Symposium will be filled with drill down interviews, cut-to the chase debates, and many other great opportunities and events to help attendees have easy conversations with experts in the field. Don’t miss out on meeting all of the exhibitors and viewing their products and be the first to see rapid fire demonstrations of products and services to help you or your organization stand out and surge ahead to reach new heights in the healthcare field.

Go to for more information on sponsorships, exhibiting, and registering for this major opportunity in order to have the most current information in the connected-health field. Federal Telemedicine News readers will receive a discount of $100 off the full price ($1095) to register for the Symposium. The code to use is “Telemed News”.

Register early and come to the Pre-Symposium Networking Event to be held July 26th on Boston’s waterfront. This event is limited to Symposium 2011 registrants.

For further details, email Joe Ternullo Organizing Chair at or email Margaret Spinale at