Crossing the Chasm from Analog to Digital Health Care – DC, Dec. 5

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Crossing the Chasm from Analog to Digital Health Care – DC, Dec. 5

For one of HTF’s final events of 2016, the DC branch held an event reviewing whether digital technology disrupts health care in a positive way – that is, whether it really increases quality, cuts costs. Three speakers, all well-experienced in digital health, were the focus of the event.


Dr. Mark A. Cochran, PhD, Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions, attended to the role of digital health technologies in improving clinical outcomes and making organizations more efficient. [See this month’s blog by Dr. Jan Gurley for one take on this issue.] At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Cochran does much of what HTF seeks to do – he expands and manages partnerships with the business world, fosters collaboration among faculty and clinicians to leverage their intellectual assets and explores opportunities to share the school’s solutions for population health issues with health and technological markets. His history in global health and business made him an incredibly valuable speaker.


Joel Rader, a technical solutions architect at Radiant Logic, spoke about the importance of putting identity first in the digital experience – if a user has to register and log into an account multiple times with different IDs and passwords, it’s a nuisance. They’re less likely to continue their use of that application. That said, a seamless user experience begins with a solid identity foundation.


Rader, a cybersecurity consultant working on government and military projects, has experience dealing with precious and sensitive information, partly with Radiant Logic. He works to find the best and most practical solutions for patient retention and security.


Finally, Phil Newman, co-founder and CEO and Viimed, spoke about bridging the digital healthcare landscape. Specifically, he tackled how consumer wearables and mobile applications, as well as new technologies that have made managing clinical workflows and storing patient data more efficient, might cause a huge gap in the patient-provider interaction space.


Initially working under the name of ViiNetwork, Newman and others worked to bridge the gap between trainer and athlete via technology – to empower athletes taking control of their own development, and to empower instructors to train an exponentially greater number of athletes. As they grew, they transitioned from an athletic training space into healthcare, creating ViiMed.

All three speakers spoke to some fears surrounding the transition from analog to digital healthcare, but all were and are hopeful that careful organization can make that transition extremely worthwhile.

To see the meetup event and join the DC chapter, click here.

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