Sunday, August 21, 2011

Partners Symposium: Over 1,200 to Attend

Partners Healthcare 2011 Connected Health Symposium promises to bring together the most up-to-date thinkers involved in the field of health and technology. This premier opportunity will enable healthcare executives and key thought leaders to have tough in-depth debates on how to handle this tumultuous new era of debt reduction politics, plus talk about healthcare issues that the U.S and other countries all over the world face in the 21st century. Register today 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 1,200 health technology leaders, community-based practitioners, health plan executives, large employers, government policy makers, and investors. Exchange ideas with tech entrepreneurs, business executives, academic researchers, and patients.

Joe Kvedar, MD, Director for Partner’s Center for Connected Health is looking forward to hearing new stimulating ideas from all of the health innovators and attendees at the Symposium as well as take part in the discussions and debates on how best to deliver quality care outside traditional medical settings in spite of the difficult healthcare environment.

Top keynote speaker Brent James M.D., Chief Quality Officer, Intermountain HealthCare will talk about his New York Times Sunday Magazine article “If Health Care is Going to Change, Dr. Brent James Ideas will Lead the Way”

To consider economic inequality’s impact on health, listen to 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.

For a probing analysis come to hear keynoter Atul Gwande, M.D. Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, New Yorker Magazine healthcare writer, and Director for the World Health Organization’s Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.

Attendees will want to hear Janet Dillione GM for Healthcare, Nuance talk about 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.

Be sure to hear Clifford Nash, PhD, Thomas M Storke Professor at Stanford University, author of “The Media Equation”, “Wired for Speech”, and “The Man Who Lied to His Laptop” discuss his books plus his ideas from his publications on the psychology and design of interactive technologies.

On the business side, Robert S. Galvin, Chief Executive Officer, Equity Healthcare, and Executive Director, Corporate Private Equity, The Blackstone Group, an expert on the management of healthcare for firms owned by private equity companies will present his unique ideas.

Attendees will want to hear from Eileen Bartholomew, Senior Director for Life Sciences Prize Development for the X PRIZE Foundation on her experiences in building innovative programs.

Other prominent speakers just added to the list include:
• David Blumenthal, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy, Harvard Medical School and former National Coordinator for HIT
• George Church, Co-founder, and Chief Scientific Advisor for Knome
• Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT and high profile advisor on healthcare reform for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Obama administration
• Jessica Haberer, Research Scientist at the MGH Center for Global Health
• Debra Lieberman, Director, the Health Games Research National Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara
• Halle Tecco, Founder and Managing Director of RockHealth.

Also on the agenda are many breakout sessions with vital information on accountable care organizations, innovative ways to provide wireless for poor communities, convergence of genomics, 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.

Meet all of the exhibitors 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.

Be sure to make plans to stay for special inaugural event the “Boston Summit on Leadership: A Call for Action” to be held October 22, 2011 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Distinguished faculty from different professions will discuss leadership principles in different domains.

Sanjiv Chopra, M.B.B.S., M.A.C.P. Professor of Medicine, Faulty Dean for Continuing Education, Harvard Medical School will speak on “The Ten Tenets of Leadership” a topic that he is passionate about and has presented to audiences world-wide.

Other speakers will include:
• Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government
• Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
• Charles Denham, MD, CEO and Founder HCC Corporation, Chairman and Founder TMIT
• Jim O’ Connell, MD, President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
• Scott Snook, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School
• Venkat Srinivasan, CEO, Rage Frameworks, Inc, Chairman and Founder of English Helper
• Zunaira Munir, Founder and Managing Director, Strategize Blue

Go to for more information on sponsorships, exhibiting, and registering for this major Symposium along with registering for the Leadership Summit.

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”.

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