Tackle the Toughest Issue in Health Care at Next Week’s Connected Health Symposium

Here in the US we’re poised to increase the number of people with access to health insurance. This is a wonderful achievement but we have to pay for it somehow, which brings us to the challenge of controlling health care costs. The issue is worldwide, not just for here, and has huge implications for connected health and for business models.

Partners’ Connected Health Symposium is all about providing insight into big trends and game-changing ideas, and this year we’re spotlighting cost containment.  If you’re interested, register here. We tackle the question in ways you’ll find both revealing and entertaining:

For insider views of the extraordinary environment within which payment reform must play out, come hear Health Care in the Tumultuous New Era of Debt Reduction Politics, a Symposium plenary panel, and Washington Update: Debt and Deficit Implications for Healthcare, a special session sponsored by the Mintz Levin Center for Health Law and Policy.

For the implications for patients, you can’t do better than Connecting Consumers to Costs: Ready or Not, Here It Comes, the featured keynote by Dr. Robert Galvin, CEO of Equity Healthcare and former Director of Global Health Care for GE, and Will Accountable Care Organizations Produce Accountable Patients and, If So, How?, an expert panel with MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, BCBS of Mass. Senior VP Dana Safran, and Dr. Tim Ferris, Medical Director of the Mass. General Physicians Organization. To bring the under-privileged patient into the conversation, don’t miss Mobile, Global and Frugal: Low-Cost Innovations in Wireless Health for Poor Neighborhoods Everywhere.

For insights into how the system will change for those of us who work within it, the Symposium really shines. As part of The Futurists, always a Symposium highlight,come hear David Blumenthal, MD, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and presently professor at Harvard Medical School. On competing styles of physician care, catch Atul Gawande,MD, author, The Checklist Manifesto, and surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. On the latest ways of marrying data to quality improvement in the hospital and clinic, take in Brent James,Chief Quality Officer of Intermountain Health Care.

The Symposium lets you go either deep or wide, across a spectacular array of content. Here’s the complete agenda. We’ve laid out a schedule that makes the exchange of ideas easy and the networking enjoyable — 16 keynote addresses, 20 panels, interviews and debates, 11 sponsored workshops, and a multitude of demos, meals and networking receptions.