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Live from Hospital Medicine 2014: Interview with Joseph Li, MD

“It’s a wonderful field to be in!” – Dr. Li on being a hospitalist

As hospitals face the challenge of changing regulations, reimbursements and coding, hospitalists must not forget to focus on the patients above all else


The hot topics of discussion at the Society of Hospital Medicine’s annual conference “Hospital Medicine 2014” in Las Vegas this week have revolved around the Affordable Care Act and the changes to reimbursements, readmission penalties and coding changes (ICD10). MedTech Boston sat down with the former president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and current Section Chief of Hospital Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Li provided a needed reminder that, above all, the number one goal of a hospital and of hospitalists is to care for the patients. While regulatory and coding changes will cause disruption, it’s important to implement these changes so that they maximize patient outcomes. Regarding the wave of new technologies promising to make hospitals and caregivers more efficient, Dr. Li issues a cautionary note. Technologies may seem cool and useful by themselves, but unless they integrate smoothly with the clinical workflow and existing IT systems, it’s impossible to take advantage of the benefits of these technologies.

I have been absolutely thrilled with my choice of career as a hospitalist. It allows me the opportunity to take care of sick patients and make a real difference in peoples’ lives.

James Ryan

    Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.

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