IDEA Series: Front-line Views on Interoperability and Improved Patient Care
March 12, 2015
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March 12, 2015
The Gary and Mary West Health Institute hosted more than 600 people online and in the Knight Studio at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for an informative discussion on how medical interoperability impacts patient care. View the full event recap to download the nurses survey, watch the event video and see the social media conversation.
May 15, 2014
More than 500 healthcare leaders gathered online and at the Newseum in Washington D.C. for West Health’s first IDEA Series forum in our nation’s capital on May 15. Titled “A Clearer View – Can Price Transparency Save $100 Billion in Healthcare?” the event brought together thought leaders interested in learning how making healthcare prices more visible can help cut costs. For more information and full video of the event, visit the summary here.
February 6, 2014
The West Health Institute and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT hosted more than 1,700 stakeholders critical to driving interoperability in Washington D.C. on Feb. 6 at HCI-DC 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Health Care System, a conference dedicated to transforming the nation's healthcare system. For more information, view the event summary or see the storify recap.
November 5, 2013
Hospital leadership discussed medical interoperability at our November West Health IDEA series event: Get Connected: Medical Interoperability to Improve Safety and Lower Costs in Health Care. The event brought together two of the brightest minds in health care – Dr. Michael Johns, chairman of the newly-formed Center for Medical Interoperability and former chancellor of Emory University; and Dr. Jeffrey Balser, vice chancellor of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). With Gienna Shaw, editor-in chief of FierceHealthcare and FierceHealthIT moderating, they discussed the efforts by West Health and the new nonprofit Center for Medical Interoperability to drive rapid, widespread and sustained interoperability, where information moves seamlessly from device to device and across systems. For more information on the event, read West Health Chief Executive Nick Valeriani’s blog or see the storify recap.
July 24, 2013
West Health hosted its second IDEA Breakfast Series focused on new techniques for care coordination, remote patient monitoring and data analytics that are changing the way we care for our seniors in our local communities. The event brought together Paul Downey of Senior Community Centers; Dr. Zia Agha of the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System; and Dr. Richard Della Penna of telecare provider Independa, Inc. to discuss senior care. See the Storify conversation
April 30, 2013
Dr. Joe Smith participated as a panelist in POLITICO’s "Tech Intersection: Health Care of the Future" event on Tuesday, April 30, in Washington, D.C. The two-panel conversation focused on emerging technologies that will change health care, what is next for the sector and how to evaluate device effectiveness and develop appropriate regulation. Learn more from the video. (Photo: Rod Lamkey Jr. for POLITICO)
March 4, 2013
The West Health Institute demonstrated research for the HIMSS13 Annual Conference that enables seamless, standards-based communication between medical devices and information systems, and was featured at the HIMSS13 Interoperability Showcase™.
This demonstration of software-based interoperability is part of a collaborative research effort with Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, and the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to achieve interoperability starting at the patient’s point-of-care medical device’s interfaces all the way through to their electronic health record (EHR). The approach is expected to simplify health information technology (HIT) requirements and improve the delivery of care through a patient-centered network of connected and coordinated devices. Learn More
January 30, 2013
The Honorable Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, visited West Health’s offices on Wednesday, January 30th, where he met West Health’s leadership to discuss the importance of lowering the cost of health care. Thanks to Chairman Issa for visiting the West Health Institute.
December 10, 2012
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Vice Chair of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, met with West Health Chief Executive Nick Valeriani and Dr. Joe Smith, chief medical and science officer, to discuss health care innovation policy issues at the Institute’s Torrey Pines headquarters. Thanks to Rep. Blackburn for visiting our facility to learn more about our work to drive down health care spending.
West Health hosted its first IDEA Series breakfast, giving an overview of how two local health care facilities have deployed new medical grade wireless networks that allow seamless communications in hospitals. Featuring Paul Peabody, CIO of Palomar Pomerado Health (right), Bruce Rainey, corporate VP of construction and facilities at Scripps Health (center) and Ed Cantwell, West Health's project lead for the Medical Grade Wireless Utility, the panel discussed how West Health's network architecture helped make these facilities the Wireless Hospital of the Future. See the Storify conversation here.
In keeping with our mission to lower health care costs by creating innovative, patient-centered solutions that deliver the right care at the right place at the right time, West Health is pleased to be a Strategic Affiliate of the 2012 mHealth Summit, the largest event of its kind.
The 4th annual mHealth Summit brings together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mHealth ecosystem to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the United States and abroad.
September 12, 2012
West Health chief executive Nick Valeriani, chief medical and science officer Dr. Joe Smith and chief technical officer Rob Matthews welcomed a large delegation from the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology or KIAT (https://www.kiat.or.kr) to learn more about West Health as part of an international training program focused on topics related to technology commercialization.
With visitors including more than 40 working technology transfer and licensing professionals from universities, research centers, and companies in Korea, the KIAT group came to West Health to learn about the development of innovations in the wireless heath space via the von Liebig Center at UCSD, which in partnership with Global CONNECT, is holding the four-day training program.
June 14, 2012
Boyd Long, Assistant Chief of Police - San Diego Police Department
In June, West Health convened a “Next Generation 911” meeting that brought together more than 65 community leaders and representatives from various San Diego public safety organizations, as well as academic researchers, health practitioners, program specialists and representatives from government agencies to examine issues related to San Diego’s public safety network and future implementation of Next Generation 911 in our city.
Health Care Innovation Day (HCI-DC) is an annual series designed to accelerate the conversation about innovation and scaling solutions that will lower the cost of health care. It aims to bridge the gap between industry and government to build a thriving low-cost ecosystem. HCI-DC events have featured the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.
The West Health Policy Center is pleased to promote the Care Innovations Summit, its latest HCI-DC event, along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the West Wireless Health Institute, and Health Affairs. The event was held on January 26, 2012 at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C.
The Care Innovations Summit brought together health delivery systems, innovators, policymakers, academics and investors to showcase care delivery and payment solutions already working in the marketplace. This event catalyzes the dialogue for scaling up successful solutions to lower the cost of health care. Visit HCI-DC Event Site
Dr. Joe Smith, chief science and medical officer of West Health, delivered the keynote address at BIOCOM’s DeviceFest 2012 in Orange County on Aug. 22. Addressing a crowd of life science executives and members of the research community, Dr. Smith gave an overview of West Health’s efforts to address the cost crisis in health care and an overview of how technology can lower costs by helping to bring patients the right care at the right place at the right time.
“We have a remarkable cellular infrastructure that is totally underused for healthcare … We have really good systems to wirelessly monitor roads, bridges and cars. We need remote monitors for people too,” said Dr. Smith. “It’s now a viable business model to work to lower the cost of health care.”
(Photo courtesy of JT MacMillan Photography.)