OCTOBER 16-18, 2019



October 17-19, 2018 | Boston, MA

Enhancements at Connected Health Conference, Thanks to You

Connected Health Conference evolves each year, shaped by months of research, conversations with thought leaders and connected health innovators, new Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) initiatives, and interactions with our colleagues at HIMSS. In the end, it’s all about relationships and we are grateful for the ways this community engages with us to make Connected Health Conference a best-in-class platform for thought leadership, partnering and strategic planning intended to advance the field. Here are some of the conversations we’ve been having and the changes you’ll see on the Connected Health Conference program as a result:

  • Connected Rehabilitation – It was a meeting of the minds when United Spinal Association, an advocate for people with spinal cord injury or disease, recently joined PCHAlliance. By chance, we were already planning to include panel discussion at Connected Health Conference  about connected health rehab, and were able to leverage the Association's valuable perspective in creating the framework for that session.
  • Developers in Digital Health – A few organizations have made it possible for us to bring new content to the Conference for digital health developers. Boston Children’s Hospital is hosting its co-located Voice.Health Summit, which promises to deliver top notch discussion and a walk-through experience to showcase voice applications in health. HIMSS’ interoperability team is supporting the new Connected Health Conference Developer’s Lab, where we’ll feature voice technology and Continua training for developers, lightning sessions on new technologies for a more general audience (covering blockchain, for example), and a new workshop for Physician Entrepreneurs that we’re very excited about. Conversations with MITRE, Boston Children’s Hospital, Healthbox, Brigham and Women’s Hospital iHub, Orbita, the American Medical Association (AMA) and others have contributed to our thinking around programming in the Developer’s Lab.
  • Supporting Innovation & Strengthening the Ecosystem – A few significant events have led to new content and direction for the 2018 Conference around the topic of innovation:
    • Steve Wretling joined HIMSS as its Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, bringing a cohesive approach to supporting the innovation ecosystem.
    • The PCHAlliance Innovation Task Force will launch at the Connected Health Conference and serve as a watchdog of sorts for thought leadership content, research and views on policy issues impacting connected health. The creation of the Innovation Task Force was supported by the PCHAlliance Board of Managers, Steve Wretling, and others, and will be driven by members and select opinion leaders nominated by task force members.
    • PCHAlliance, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and PULSE @Mass Challenge launched the Digital Health Collaborative (DHC) at last year's conference, to develop best practices, and strengthen and create meaningful relationships across regional innovation hubs. This year, as part of the Conference, DHC will host an open event on October 16 to invite new ideas and participants. DHC will also present updates on its ongoing projects October 18 and 19. The Connected Health Conference is benefiting from the contributions of DHC members from MATTER, TMC, ONC, PULSE @Mass Challenge and others dedicated to strengthening the innovation ecosystem in digital health.
  • Innovation Hub Crawl for International Delegates – Invited international delegates will have the opportunity to participate in our Innovation 'Hub' Crawl—curated tours and meetings with academic and corporate digital health innovation centers, and government officials to learn about public-private collaboration, design concepts, provider initiatives and corporate investment in healthcare transformation. As a leading center for advancements in healthcare, the life sciences and technology, Boston (known to locals as ‘the Hub’) is an ideal location for the Innovation Hub Crawl. MedTech Boston has been an important contributor to our planning, and Dr. Jennifer Joe, founder of MedTech Boston, will emcee the event.

We are preparing three full days of keynote presentations, insightful panel discussions, interactive sessions and demos on the exhibition floor, and workshops, as well as numerous networking opportunities and receptions. We look forward to hosting you in 'the Hub' in October!

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