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2017 Connected Health Conference

Boston, MA
SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER
Oct. 25-27, 2017

Houston, We Have A (Digital Health) Problem

By TMCx
 
Think of your last visit to your doctor’s office. Maybe you were wrapping up a Bluetooth-facilitated conference call as you walked in the front door; perhaps your car’s GPS system cleanly delineated your entire route, dictated in Siri’s soothing tones; more than likely, you scrolled through emails or gave a last, cursory glance at Twitter before your name was called.
 
While digital technology empowers us through most of our lives, stepping through the threshold of a 21st Century health care system feels like an abrupt time-warp back to the stone age:
• As a patient juggling clipboards and endless reams of paper, scheduling issues, excessive wait times, and a lack of care coordination are the norm.
• For physicians, nurses, and healthcare providers, fragmented workflow processes and cumbersome EHR implementations monopolize the increasingly dwindling time spent with their patients.
• And for healthcare leadership looking to improve strategic outcomes, they’re turning towards tomorrow’s solutions — from population health management tools to analytics supporting clinical decision making — with one foot firmly rooted in the technological troubles of the past.
 
From Opportunity to Implementation: TMCx
Don’t panic just yet — these barriers to care actually represent a blank canvas of possibility for emerging digital health startups.
 

At TMCx, we combine the resources of the world’s largest medical center with the gung-ho gumption of entrepreneurs. As we prepare to launch our upcoming digital health cohort, we’re thrilled at the prospect of facilitating the development of early-stage companies.

The world of digital health is vast — an expansive umbrella stretching over diverse technologies with equally distinct goals. Over the past three years, the TMCx team has met with CEOs, CIOs, innovation directors, physicians, supply chain managers, information services representatives and other providers to understand what “digital health” means to them. 

Within the framework of the health care needs of Texas Medical Center institutions, the following verticals were identified as digital health trends for 2018.

• Technologies that improve the patient experience, including: Scheduling, pre-appointment engagement, wayfinding within the hospital campus, wait times, communications during care, coordinated care and referrals.
• Solutions that improve hospital efficiency, including: Asset tracking and ordering, physician workflow, EHR upgrades.
• Platforms that streamline strategic delivery of care, including: Big data analytics, population management, telemedicine, cyber-security, workforce collaboration and clinical decision support.
 
Please meet us at the Connected Health Conference.  Our Director, Erik Halvrosen, will be speaking about “Accelerating Digital Health Innovation” and “How Startups and Health Systems Can Collaborate in Business & Clinical Innovation” and wants to hear how you can help us turn these pain-points into possibilities, as well as bring digital health into the 21st Century.

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