CONNECTED HEALTH CONFERENCE • Boston, MA • October 25-27, 2017
Vice President, Personal Connected Health Alliance
Director, Connected Health Conference
Since its beginnings in 2009, this event has been consistently focused on delivering an open platform for the industry, making the event accessible, including all relevant sectors and forging critical partnerships.
Back then, a group of forward-thinking companies approached our team at the Foundation for the NIH, to see if we could convene a meeting to profile research on the use of mobile technologies in low and middle-income countries to reach “the last mile of healthcare.” We accepted the challenge and got to work on learning as much as we could about the then-fledgling field of mobile health and soon after, the mHealth Summit was born!
Our first year, we chose Washington, DC, as the host city and partnered with the NIH, the mHealth Alliance, UN Foundation and the World Bank and hosted, much to our surprise, 750 people for a two-day event. US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius delivered the opening keynote, the discussion was lively and the future was exciting--and uncharted. Each year since, we learned more about the possibilities, witnessed how technologies continued to evolve and realized more people were taking notice.
Along the way, we have developed relationships with many organizations that helped us evolve the event, and the field, including Partners Connected Health, Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, Consumer Technology Association, CTIA, ONC, CDC, Continua Health Alliance, Rockefeller Foundation and what may very well have been our most important partnership--HIMSS.
Five years ago, I was invited to join HIMSS and, soon after, HIMSS acquired the mHealth Summit and the team that started it all at the Foundation for the NIH. The timing was seemingly perfect as, by 2012, there was a bit of a revolution--or revelation--in the use of technology to deliver quality care to people outside of a hospital or doctors office, improve outcomes and contain costs.
Two years later, in response to the burgeoning market demands and growing opportunities to advance patient-centered digital health technologies, our team established the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) at HIMSS. This new organization marked an important milestone and, over time, brought together key partners, including Continua Health Alliance and the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance.
In 2015, we changed the name of the event, from mHealth Summit to the Connected Health Conference (CHC). And last year, we collaborated with another longtime partner, taking an important step in our evolution, and merged the Partners Connected Health Symposium into our Connected Health Conference. The coming together of the industry’s two most important events reflects the growth of the connected health market, with increased interest from major companies, investors, government agencies and consumers, as well as growing acceptance from healthcare providers.
CHC is showing strong signs of growth this year and is attracting a diverse audience from healthcare, government, technology and academia from North America, EU, Asia and developing nations. We are focused on a curated agenda to deliver the most forward-looking program possible, highlighting innovation and investment, emerging technologies, new evidence and fundamentals of connected health.
What started out as a small event, has navigated through various homes, strong relationships, a few lean years, a name change and a merger. It served as the platform for launching PCHAlliance, a strong global leader and voice, focused on executing on its mission to make health and wellness an effortless part of everyday life.
We have certainly come a long way in the past nine years, and we are not done yet….
I hope you will join us this October, in Boston, to help write our next chapter--and the future of health and wellness.