Serendipity, Personalization and Connected Health


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Dear Ted,

Situated in the heart of Boston, and within the Partners HealthCare network, we at the Center could not help but be personally impacted by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, as were citizens around the world. We find ourselves truly grateful for the incredible reaction of our police, first responders and bystanders, and proud of our healthcare community. We’re also thankful for the level of compassion and support for the victims, their families, and our communities. We welcome the thoughts and prayers of our friends and colleagues, and are standing strong for Boston.

New from The cHealth Blog:
by Joseph Kvedar, MD

  • Serendipity, Personalization and Connected Health

    “I was chatting with a friend the other day and she confided in me that she is underwhelmed by the use of tracking as a method for healthcare improvement. At this moment another insight crystallized for me. Some people just don’t respond to quantitative information. This friend told me how she could really see the opportunity for social media to increase engagement, but just was not convinced that self-tracking was that relevant…. So let’s hear from all of you non-quantified-selfers – those of you who do not really see quantified information about your health as interesting or motivating in the least. How do we achieve the goals of objective measures, goal-setting and accountability without using self-tracking?” Read More

  • The cHealth Blog Turns Three: Reflections on 3 Years of Progress in Connected Health

    “It has been 3 years since the cHealth blog entered the blogosphere, and it’s been a lot of fun. I recently looked back to see if there are highlights or trends in my posts and/or if my thinking or communication had changed dramatically in 3 years. Although not dramatic, if you look at these writings over time, you can see a meaningful shift in thinking. With that background in mind, here is an attempt to stitch together a narrative of the last 3 years worth of posts….” Read More

New from Reflections on Connected Health:

SMS and HIPAA: Yes We Can
by Rob Havasy

“If that last thought is true, then a whole new world of convenience has just opened up for patients. To be fair, providers are certainly not off the hook for conducting risk assessments. But once risks are identified and communicated to the patient, if patients still authorize the communication, the paragraph above seems to indicate that it’s fine to proceed as they wish. Imagine that – a world where we treat patients like intelligent adults. If they are willing to accept clearly defined risks, the interpretation seems to say that we should let them. Score one for patient empowerment. At the Center we will continue to develop text messaging and e-mail as important channels of patient communication. If that’s how people want to communicate – that’s how we should answer them….” Read More

Join us for our 10th annual Connected Health Symposium & Expo: October 24-25, Boston, MA

Entitled: Collaborations and Innovations to Engage Patients and Elevate Care, and developed by an all-star roster of co-chairs, Symposium 2013 is a milestone event, promising high value education and plentiful networking opportunities. Early-bird registration and exhibit opportunities are open. We will see you in October!

Stay Connected with Us:

Here are 6 upcoming events that may be of interest to you:

  • info. There are a limited number of seats available at a 50% discount for friends of the Center for Connected Health: select Corporate sponsor guest when registering.
  • FEI: Wellness 2013 – May 6-8, Boston, MAWhen the right people meet the right environment, innovation thrives. FEI: Wellness is where exceptional cross-industry keynotes, combined with powerful healthcare-focused content, and distinctive experiences, drives purposeful change. Key stakeholders across Pharma/Biotech, Medical Device Companies, Insurers, Wellness Organizations, Health Plans & Associations reach across the table to tackle issues crucial to the advancement of the industry. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director of the Center for Connected Health, is a speaker. Use code Wellness13JK for a 20% registration discount.
  • How NFC Will Keep Us Fit – May 20, 6-8:30pm, Cambridge, MAAre you worried about how your body may change as you get older? Turns out you’re not alone. Market size numbers in preventive care range from $8.5 billion to over $14 billion worldwide. Those numbers are likely to increase — thanks to NFC-enabled smartphones. With an NFC chip in your smartphone you could be a lot more “dialed in” to the health impact your lifestyle choices are having. Dr. Kamal Jethwani & Rob Havasy of the Center for Connected Health are two of the panel speakers for this NFC Circle event.
  • Tufts University’s Mobile Health Design course – May 22-June 26, Boston, MAAs mobile devices evolve in both utility and sophistication, mobile health has become an essential tool for health organizations to reach their target audiences. This 5-week online course examines the impact and potential of mobile devices for health education, support, tracking, and behavior change. Guest lecturers will bring diverse expertise and perspectives to course material. Students will design health apps that incorporate evidence-based guidelines and capitalize on the unique capabilities of smartphones.
  • Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth & Families June 19-22, Boston, MAWheelock College’s international conference offers: keynote speakers who are changing the world, including Cherie Blair, Kerry Kennedy, Ogmundur Jonasson, Emiliana Vegas, Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Ebrahim Rasool, and Kevin Carroll; 150 internationally-recognized experts on 35+panels on human rights, health, and education; spotlights on innovation and solutions in action around the world; opportunities for networking and collaboration with global citizens. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director of the Center for Connected Health, is a speaker.
  • 5th Tufts Summer Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication July 14-19, Boston, MAOffered through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts faculty and distinguished guest speakers will provide insight on how to use research-based methodologies to produce effective digital communication and an enhanced online presence. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director of the Center for Connected Health, is a guest lecturer.
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