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Microsoft Connected Health Conference—Ready to Roll

Posted Jun 03 2009 3:56pm


The Microsoft Connected Health Conference is ready to roll.  The event gets underway next week, June 10-12, at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. image

The theme of this year's event is all about "connected health" and will  focus on the importance of liberating data across the entire healthcare system and connecting all of the various members of the ecosystem in health. This enables organizations to drive a higher level of care and helps individuals better manage their health.

The Microsoft Connected Health Conference will be an event rich in compelling content delivered by some visionary keynotes, customer panels, practical business and technical sessions, and networking opportunities. You will have the opportunity to interact with Microsoft executives and key leaders representing the entire health ecosystem: hospitals, health plans, application providers, device manufacturers, healthcare associations, and government agencies.

image Wednesday will center on a business and technical overview of Microsoft HealthVault.  Since its launch in October of 2007, HealthVault has gained an amazing amount of traction with consumers, healthcare organizations (like Mayo and NY Presbyterian), healthcare professionals, health and wellness program providers, and manufacturers of health-related devices. 

Thursday kicks off with an opening keynote panel consisting of some very distinguished names in the health industry.  This includes my colleague and fellow family physician, Dr. David Kibbe, as well as Governor Michael Leavitt, Uwe Reinhardt, the AMA’s President-Elect, Dr. James Rohack, and Corporate VP of our Health Solutions Group, Peter Neupert.  The topic will be Healthcare Reform.

The rest of the day on Thursday will offer up a number of presentations and panel discussions examining themes in business and technical tracks focused on liberating health data, empowering users, and connecting care.  I will be moderating two image of those panels in the business track.  The first panel will examine how HealthVault is leveraging connectivity solutions for physicians and patients.  Joining that discussion will be David Fusari, VP and Chief Technical Officer, Sentillion; Dr. Roy Schoenberg, CEO, American Well; Kim Flores, VP Consumer Experience, Relay Health; Dr. Richard Boxer, CMO, TelaDoc; and Dr. Chuck Kilo, Greenfield Health.  My second panel is about harnessing wellness and enhancing care in a world of information technology.  Panelists will include, Dr. Colin Hill, Director of Research, Stayhealthy; Tom Subak, VP Online Services, Planned Parenthood; Royce Ann Adkins, Executive Director, Columbus Research Foundation; and Chuck Westbrook, Strategic Director of Content, American Cancer Society.

image Friday will begin with a keynote from Dr. Mark Smith, President and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation.  I suspect he’ll have some riveting remarks related to his state’s current budget crisis.  The Connected Health Conference will close with a keynote from my good friend and colleague, Dr. Eric Horvitz, area manager for Microsoft Research.  By the way,  I just completed a new video with Dr. Horvitz and his team that we will release on my House Calls site later this month. At the conference Dr. Horvitz will no doubt share with the audience some of the cool new technologies we’ll be showing when the video is released.  So, stay tuned for that.

I hope to see some of you at the Connected Health Conference.  HealthBlog readers please come up to the podium and say “hello”.

Bill Crounse, MD  Senior Director, Worldwide Health   Microsoft  

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