CONNECTED HEALTH CONFERENCE • SAVE THE DATE • October 16-18, 2019 • Boston, MA
On the American Medical Association website, the list three initiatives that will help to improve better health. The first is to enhance physician practice efficiency, professional satisfaction and improve the delivery of care. Second, AMA is working to create the medical school of the future, in order to train physicians to meet the needs of today's patients. And the third initiative is improving health outcomes for two of the nation's most common chronic conditions -- heart disease and type 2 diabetes. No small tasks, indeed.
Now, I may be biased, but I clearly see a role for connected health in all three of these initiatives. Thankfully, so too does AMA. In fact, I have the pleasure of working with AMA on several critical programs that support the adoption and implementation of connected health strategies in our healthcare system.
The AMA's Integrated Health Model Initiative — or IHMI — is designed to create a common data model throughout health care that is unlike anything that exists today. We are also doing a lot of work related to reimbursement challenges. As co-chair of the AMA's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group, we are creating CPT codes to support a fee-for-service payment model, a very important step toward breaking down barriers to the adoption of connected health. I am also serving on the board of directors of Xcertia, a new collaborative effort -- launched by AMA, the American Heart Association, HIMSS and the DTX Group. Xcertia is focusing on creating mHealth app guidelines that will accelerate the development, adoption and use of safe and effective health apps, to help individuals achieve their health and wellness goals.
No doubt, I am very pleased to welcome Dr. James Madara to our podcast today. James Madara is the CEO and executive vice president of American Medical Association, the nation's largest physician organization. Since taking the help in 2011, he has helped sculpt the organization’s visionary long-term strategic plan.
He spent the first 22 years of his career at Harvard Medical School, receiving both clinical and research training, serving as a tenured professor and as director of the NIH-sponsored Harvard Digestive Diseases Center. Following five years as chair of pathology at Emory, he served as dean of the medical school and CEO of the hospitals at the University of Chicago, bringing together the university’s biomedical research, teaching and clinical activities.
Modern Healthcare consistently recognized Dr. Madara as one of the nation’s 50 most influential physician executives, as well as one of the nation’s 100 most influential people in health care, He is also a past recipient of a prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health.
I can promise you a stimulating and thought-provoking discussion, as James outlines AMA's vision of the future of healthcare delivery. Fasten your seat belts -- today's podcast is brimming with information and ideas that I hope will stimulate even more discussion and interest in connected health!