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The Jefferson Colloquium on Population Health and Disease Management

Posted Feb 15 2010 2:05pm
The Disease Management Care Blog is getting prepared for travel. PowerPoint files are being updatedliterature searches are being finalizedgraphics are being prettied uphotel rooms are getting reserved and planestrains and automobiles are being arranged. It has two speaking gigs coming up and one of them is Jefferson's once-a-year Population Health and Disease Management Colloquium.

In a three-for-one bargainthe Colloquium will be collocated with the National Retail Clinic Summit and the Second National Medical Home Summit at the downtown Marriott in Philadelphia. It promises to be a premier eventwhat with speakers from Health AffairsAHRQgovernmentacademiaphysician organizations and industry. The DMCB is especially looking forward to hearing what the disease management organizations are up to and what advanced versions of care management are being assembled in conjunction with patient centered medical homes. There's also the happy prospect of seeing old friends and making new ones.

And the loquacious DMCB is looking forward to serving double duty at the conference. On the first daythe Colloquium organizers were foolish enough to cede the DMCB the last 45 minutes of the day so it can discuss 'health communication and social networking.' When THAT's overit'll be time for celebratory beverages. On the second daythe DMCB will be part of the closing panel discussion on InnovationStrategy and Practice.

If you can't go because your boss is a short-sighted cheapskate who doesn't want to pay for travel even though the DMCB will be therepoint out that you also have the option of watching the conference via live streaming video. It'll be available on-line afterwardsmaking it even easier for you to liberally quote from it.

Finallyas a bonus for the thousands of regular DMCB readershere's one preview on the topic of communication and networking: the competition for 'eyeballs' (attention) in social media is won by a) content and b) nimbleness. The former is only partially defined by accuracy and the latter is only partially defined by timeliness. What is importanthoweveris that neither depend all that much on formal credentials. In it's travels around the blogmos and the twitterversethe DMCB is running into 'netizens' whowith studyhard workpassion and some luck can turn out to be just as much of a player as many of us so-called university-trained experts. This has huge implications for the transmission of health information gleaned from advances in health careespecially for research journalshealth educators and the disease management industry.

See you there!
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