World Congress Announces Inaugural New England eHealth Innovation Conference to Pair Industry Entrepreneurs with Providers and Payors for Showcasing New Innovations

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A new World Congress forum coming to Boston in March will systematically pair eHealth and mHealth entrepreneurs with health care providers and payors in order to accelerate the adoption of promising new innovations and build upon a burgeoning federal government effort to invest in health innovation.

A new World Congress forum coming to Boston in March will systematically pair eHealth and mHealth entrepreneurs with health care providers and payors in order to accelerate the adoption of promising new innovations and build upon a burgeoning federal government effort to invest in health innovation.

The World Congress eHealth Innovation Conference – New England will provide educational conference-format sessions with federal and state government health care leaders, plus match-making sessions between eHealth innovators with top New England health care providers and payors, including chief information and innovation officers.

In advance of the conference, an Advisory Council of leading regional health care decision-makers will select 10 finalists from an applicant pool of eHealth innovators who wish to be featured in the match-making session. Eligible applicants can range from start-up entrepreneurs to well-established companies that have created a new eHealth initiative. The innovations must be ready for market use to qualify.

The 10 selected eHealth entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to make an 8-minute pitch to the audience, followed by a 7-minute question and answer session. The Advisory Council and audience will vote for the top three entrepreneurs who will receive a recognition award. The Advisory Council will also choose up to five entrepreneurs for “deep dive” afternoon partner meetings. All the finalists will also meet with specially-designated health care providers and/or payor executives.

“For primary care physicians looking to influence IT vendor product development, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread,” said Dr. Allan Goroll, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Mass General Hospital and an Advisory Council member. Other Advisory Council members include Deane Morrison, CIO of Concord Hospital and David Briden, CIO of Exeter Hospital.

The application deadline for consideration in the presentations is now January 31, 2012. To learn more details and apply, visit http://www.worldcongress.com/ehealth/application.

The event will also feature educational programming sessions, including a keynote presentation by Wil Yu, Director of Innovations, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). In June 2011, ONC introduced its Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative to accelerate eHealth innovation nationwide. Five months later, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) Innovation Center announced $1 billion in new funding to support health innovation projects across the country.

Confirmed program panelists and Advisory Council members include:
Leon Barzin, Director of Technology, MA Medical Society
Ray Campbell, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
David Cochran, MD, President and CEO, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
Dan Feinberg, Director, Graduate Health Informatics Program, Northeastern University
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare
Jeffrey Loughlin, Executive Director, New Hampshire Regional Extension Center
Micky Tripathi, PhD, President and Chief Executive Office, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)
Richard W. Kubica, CIO, Hartford Hospital

During the “deep dive” sessions between the entrepreneurs and providers and payors, the general conference audience is invited to attend public innovation roundtable discussions with an array of eHealth leaders from all six (6) New England states.

WHAT: The World Congress eHealth Innovation Conference
WHEN: March 15, 2012
WHERE: Boston
CONFERENCE AGENDA: http://www.worldcongress.com/ehealth

About World Congress Leadership Summits
The World Congress Leadership Summit Series addresses the most cutting-edge issues for health care executives across a wide range of industry sectors. Designed to expand on topics discussed at invitation-only summits during the World Health Care Congress, this series offers new perspectives on established methodologies, and details solutions to foster innovation and change. For more information, please visit http://www.worldcongress.com.

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