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Health Tech Forum conference – technology improving health of those in need!

Access to quality healthcare across the world is not consistent and to many it is simply not available.  Many of these people live shorter and highly constrained lives.  In fact, unavailability of adequate health care is presumed to be the primary cause of premature deaths of 100 million women, reported missing, worldwide.

Statistics are equally staggering regarding higher mortality among infants and children, on account of lack of medical care.  This is true even in more developed countries.

Health Technology Forum - an engaged audience

Health Technology Forum – an engaged audience

The annual Health Technology Forum Innovation Conference on April 19th, 2013 at UCSF, Mission Bay Conference Center, will explore innovations in healthcare technology that is making healthcare more accessible to those in need of quality care with the theme Platforms for the Underserved.

Here is a preview of some of some of the panels and speakers.

Social media – is offering a whole new platform that is enabling communities and patients to be actively engaged in their own health.  The access to information makes the patients feel more empowered and knowledgeable.  However, participation on social platforms also raises HIPAA issues and other legal challenges.

Representatives from Bay Area’s prominent law firms will join in, on a panel, moderated by Renne Berry, Founder and CEO of goBeMoRe, about current issues relevant to digital media law and healthcare.

Treating “Dual eligibles” with complex conditions  – Those who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have a higher probability of complex chronic conditions, as well as mental health issues.  They also have a higher probability of being institutionalized or are at a risk of being so.  They also account for a larger share of Medicare and Medicaid spending.

A panel moderated by Suneel Ratan, CEO and Founder of Care Architecture will explore the concept of using technology in caring for dual eligibles.  Plans often called “dual” or “dual eligible” are designed for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid at the same time and include all Medicare Part A (hospital stay) and Part B (doctor visit) benefits and Part D prescription drug coverage.  For people with limited incomes, these plans may offer better health care coverage than Original Medicare and a separate Part D plan.

The panelists include Dr. David Lindeman Ph.D. of the Center for Technology and Aging who was profiled in a previous post.  The panel will discuss the role that “connected health” technology might play in healthcare programs for dual eligible individuals.  All such initiatives will need to begin with understanding the lifestyle, challenges, and characteristics of these individuals.  Additionally, the panel will discuss the recent successful model that has been pioneered by the VA and how it can be scaled.

I will be sharing information on other panels and excellent keynotes.  To get more information and to register for the conference, please go to the conference site.  Also, please send this information to others who may be interested!

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