10th Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference, Denver, July 11/12



This nationally recognized conference and exhibition focuses on technology-enabled consumer engagement and behavior change. Topics to be covered included innovative applications of remote monitoring, home telehealth, mHealth, eHealth, social media and gaming to help manage diseases, promote wellness and facilitate accountable care. The program features three new educational tracks:

Track A: Government – private sector collaboration in promoting consumer engagement through innovative technologies. Topics to be covered include Blue Button+, patient generated health data, Meaningful Use 2 and 3 criteria, patient-provider portals and view, download and transmit capabilities.

Track B: Entrepreneurship & innovation in the Healthcare Unbound space, featuring perspectives from thought leaders, financiers and innovative startup companies

Track C: Consumer engagement and accountable care – topics to be covered include remote monitoring, home telehealth, mHealth, eHealth, social media and gaming.

Speakers Include:

  • Steve Adams, Chairman & President, Collaborative Health Consortium
  • Mark Blatt, MD, Worldwide Medical Director, Enterprise Solution Sales, Intel
  • Sean Cassidy, GM, Enterprise Provider Analytics, Premier, Inc.
  • Leslie Kelly Hall, Senior Vice President of Policy, Healthwise
  • Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA, Principal, Better Health Technologies, LLC
  • Daniel L. Newton, PhD, Staff VP Product/Solutions Development and Behavioral Economics, Anthem Care Management,WellPoint
  • Chuck Parker, Executive Director, Continua Health Alliance
  • Lygeia Ricciardi, Director of the Office of Consumer eHealth, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Neal Sofian, MSPH, Director, Member Engagement, Premera Blue Cross

For more information, please visit: http://tcbi.org/hcub13/

Announcing the Inaugural eCollaboration Forum at HIMSS12!



Please consider attending the inaugural eCollaboration Forum taking place at HIMSS12 on Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Sands Expo Center.


Theme — Collaborative Platforms and Applications in Health Care

This is the Health IT industry’s first-ever event focusing on collaborative health platforms and applications! We take an expansive view of platforms and will be exploring the required technologies, business ecosystems, and clinical care delivery needed to achieve accountable care.


Sponsored by HIMSS and Collaborative Health Consortium (formerly the Clinical Groupware Collaborative), the inaugural eCollaboration Forum has scheduled the following speakers [updated as of 2/3/12]:

  • Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM – National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Esther Dyson – Principal, EDventure Holdings
  • John Mattison, MD – Assistant Medical Director and CMIO of Kaiser Permanente, SCAL
  • Jinesh Varia, Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
  • Mark Blatt, MD, MBA – Worldwide Medical Director, Intel, “Collaborative Care: An Economic Imperative for Care Delivery Systems”
  • David Whitlinger – Executive Director, NY eHealth Collaborative “Supporting New Models of Care Through Collaboration with States & Vendors”
  • Steve Adams – President and Chairman, Collaborative Health Consortium; EVP Collaborative Care, Alere
  • David Kibbe, MD, MBA – The Kibbe Group and American Academy of Family Physicians “Developing Trust in the Health Internet as a Platform”
  • Vince Kuraitis – Principal, Better Health Technologies “The Future of Collaborative Health Platforms”
  • Shahid N. Shah – CEO, Netspective and Blogger at HealthcareGuy.com “The Future of Collaborative Health Platforms”
  • Brian Ahier – Health IT Evangelist, Mid-Columbia Medical Center
  • Joshua Newman, MD, MSHS – Director of Product Management and Health Strategy, Salesforce.com
  • West Shell III – Chairman and CEO, Healthline
  • Scott Rea – Vice President GOV/EDU Relations and Senior PKI Architect, DigiCert
  • Joe Miller – Director of eBusiness, AmeriHealth Mercy
  • Richard Migliore, MD, EVP Health Services, United Health Group
  • Jordan Shlain, MD – CEO, HealthLoop
  • Joseph Miller, Director, eBusiness, AmeriHealth Mercy
  • Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Humetrix
  • Josh Mandel, MD, Lead Architect, SMART, Harvard Medical School
  • Brian Prestwich, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine USC
  • Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, President, Iora Health
  • Jonathan Hare, Chairman, Reslient Networks
  • Richard Migliori, MD, Executive Vice President, Business Initiatives & Clinical Affairs, Chief Healthcare Officer, UnitedHealth Group Alliances
  • Dave DeBronkart, @ePatientDave
  • Robert M. Kolodner, MD, Chief Health Informatics Officer, Open Health Tools
  • Scott Barclay, Chief Strategy Officer, SureScripts
  • Jinesh Varia, Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services

For the latest up-to-the-minute list of speakers, click here.

Doctors Love iPads. What Does it Mean? What Does it Mean?

After attending the largest annual health IT conference of the year — HIMSS 11 –  John Moore reported that “nearly every EHR vendor has an iPad App for the EHR [electronic health record], or will be releasing such this year.”

Doctors love iPads…not surprising? But, how might you explain this?

There are at least two different possibilities:

  • Coincidence Theory
  • Conspiracy Theory

The Coincidence Theory

So doctors want to access EHR software through the iPad…what’s the big deal?

Apple has built a great new hardware platform with the iPad. There’s nothing else like it in the marketplace.  While other companies are building competing tablets, Apple’s has been the only viable option in the market for over a year.

Getting DIRECTly to the Point: The Role of the Direct Project in Fast-Tracking Health IT Interoperability

By Rich Elmore and Arien Malec. Rich Elmore is the Direct Project Communication Workgroup leader and Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Allscripts.  Arien Malec is ONC’s Coordinator, Direct Project and Coordinator, S&I Framework.

A patient’s health records are no longer confined to a doctor’s office, shelved inside a dusty file cabinet. With the advent of the Nationwide Health Information Network, a framework of standards, services and policies that allow health practitioners to securely exchange health data, medical records digitized to be easily shared between doctor’s offices, hospitals, benefit providers, government agencies and other health organizations, all across America.

This health information exchange is dramatically enhanced by the Direct Project. Launched in March 2010, the Direct Project was created to enable a simple, direct, secure and scalable way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information to known, trusted recipients over the Internet in support of Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements. The Direct Project has more than 200 participants from over 60 different organizations. These participants include EHR and PHR vendors, medical organizations, systems integrators, integrated delivery networks, federal organizations, state and regional health information organizations, organizations that provide health information exchange capabilities, and health information technology vendors.

Healthcare IT News Highlights Mobile Health Expo Presentation


Mike Miliard did a great job in capturing highlights and key points of my presentation at the Mobile Health Expo conference earlier this week. You can read his story here.

Please write me at vincek@bhtinfo.com in you’d like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

Update:  Neil Versel of FierceEMR also wrote up the presentation.  Here’s a link to his concise, on-target article “HIE, mobility, open platforms start to knock down ‘walled gardens’ of proprietary EMRs.”

Verizon Abandoning Walled Garden Network & Business Model: Implications for Healthcare

Wha…?  why are we talking about Verizon…isn’t is a healthcare blog?

When a major, multinational company does a complete turnaround on its operating and business model, it’s worth noting and examining the reasons behind the switch.

Wireless Week reported on a presentation made at the CTIA conference this week by Verizon COO, Lowell McAdam:

In a nod to the future, McAdam also said Verizon Wireless will scratch its “walled garden” approach because “in a 4G world, we need to turn that guarded model inside out.” The operator will transform its business model, he said, because it realizes that innovation in applications and use will come from outside the company.  Verizon will open its network, applications and location technologies to outside developers…[emphasis added].

Ars Technica reported further on McAdam’s commentary: 

I think collaboration and openness will be the operating platform for the future if we’re to bring the full promise of what 4G LTE brings. That’s really the new paradigm, the new model for operating in the entire wireless industry.

“Now I know that some of you in the audience are saying, ‘C’mon Lowell, you guys are the poster child for walled garden.’ What I’d say is that for the first 25 years that garden approach of closed systems served the industry pretty well. But in a 4G I think we need to turn that garden model inside out.”

How big a deal is this? Here’s an imaginary comparable statement that might be made by Judy Faulkner, CEO of Epic:

Hospital Readmissions Avoidance “Programs” — Vendors and Hospitals Not All On the Same Wavelength


Last week I attended and participated in an excellent conference — the National Reducing Hospital Readmissions Forum sponsored by World Research Group.

One of my main take aways is to observe a simple — yet huge — difference in mindset between hospital executives and vendors.

Over the past few months I’ve heard many vendors with diverse health care offerings talking about building readmission avoidance “programs” that they want to sell to hospitals.  Their idea here is to put together a soup-to-nuts offering of technologies and services — a “program” that hospitals would mostly outsource to a 3rd  party vendor.

This concept has never quite sat right with me. Having spent the first 15 years of my career in and around the hospital world, I’ve often observed a “not-invented-here” aversion to anything brought in by outsiders.

My suspicions were confirmed at the conference.

The hospital mindset is NOT “we’re looking for an outsourced program from a vendor that will solve our readmissions problem.

While hospitals are in various stages of planning, here’s my sense of how hospitals have thought about readmissions:

The Achilles Heel of ACOs? Shared Savings Payment Model Unlikely to Motivate Hospitals

Sometimes you read something and the full impact doesn’t hit you until hours — perhaps days — later.  As I was out mountain biking today, the importance of something I ran across yesterday suddenly hit me.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are today’s cure-du-jour for reforming the health care delivery system. Bob Berensen, MD of the Urban Institute strongly questions whether the shared savings model under current legislation provides enough economic incentive for hospitals to disrupt their existing core business of acute, inpatient care.

The dialogue took place at HSC’s 15th Annual Wall Street Comes to Washington Conference. Here’s the conversation from the transcript — I actually went back to dig this out of my trash:

Paul Ginsburg: Actually, let me just pose a devil’s advocate question. You know, I could see why ACOs might be attractive to a large —- an IPA because there’s this opportunity to reduce hospital use and be rewarded for it. But what’s the motivation for a hospital because the rewards from the ACO are likely to not measure up to the loss of volume from more efficient delivery. Is there any response to that?

Digital Medical Office of the Future Conference. Las Vegas, Sept. 9-10


Healthcare providers face critical choices in selecting and implementing Electronic Health Records (EHRs). In addition, physicians and hospitals will need to develop the capacity to exchange clinical information in order to meet Meaningful Use requirements. This program will offer detailed and practical information on EHR selection and implementation, as well as strategies for creating a sustainable health information exchange (HIE). The program also features sessions on legal/regulatory issues, clinical platforms and applications as well as strategies for optimizing workflow in order to accelerate clinical transformation.

Distinguished Speakers Include:

Steve Adams, Executive Vice President, Collaborative Care, Alere & President, Clinical Groupware Collaborative
Mark R. Anderson, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CEO & Healthcare IT Futurist, AC Group, Inc.
Beverly Bell, RN, MHA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Partner, Clinical Implementation Practice Director, CSC Healthcare Group
Soma Bulusu, MS, CIO, Marin General Hospital
Proteus Duxbury, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group
Andrew Ganti, MSIE, Principal, Workflow IT Solutions
Kennedy Ganti, MD, Virtua Lumberton Family Physicians & Chair, New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission
Arthur Gasch, Founder, Medical Strategic Planning, Inc. & Author of Successfully Choosing Your EMR: 15 Crucial Decisions (Wiley Press)
David C. Kibbe, MD MBA, Senior Advisor, American Academy of Family Physicians & Principal, The Kibbe Group LLC
Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA, Principal, Better Health Technologies, LLC
Arien Malec, Coordinator, NHIN Direct, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Debbie Newman, MBA, CPHIMS, Director of Process Improvement, Licking Memorial Health Systems
Gordon Norman, MD, MBA, EVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Alere
Keith Parker, Regional Extension Center, Nevada
Deborah Smith, PhD, Chief Strategic Planning and Quality Officer, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Carlos Vigil, DO, Internal Medicine Physician & CEO, United Hospitalist Group

Platinum Sponsor: Ingenix
Silver Sponsors: AC Group, Inc., Medical Strategic Planning, Inc., NextGen Healthcare
Bronze Sponsors: Cerner Ambulatory, EHS


For additional information, please contact TCBI:
Ph: 310-265-2570               Email: info@tcbi.org