Clinicians, entrepreneurs, policy makers, technologists, and investors with an interest in connected medical technologies will converge at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center from October 25-27 at the 2017 “Connected Health Conference”.
This year’s conference will focus on one of the hottest topics facing healthcare – and society – today: Healthy aging and how connected approaches support health across the decades. Drawn by the potential for breakthroughs in patient care – and a global market anticipated to exceed $60B by 2020 – attendees will share success stories and discuss emerging challenges and opportunities.
Organized by the Personal Connected Health Alliance and Partners Connected Health, the conference will draw over 2,500 attendees from more than 30 countries, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. Keynote speakers, group panels, technology demonstrations, poster sessions, and innovation challenges are all planned for this year’s gathering.
Connected healthcare leverages technology – mobile phones and apps, remote monitoring tools, personal health trackers, sensors, computers and networked devices – to help clinicians and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and outcomes.
The promise of connected health technology is expansive, ranging from heart failure, hypertension and diabetes, to prenatal care, weight loss, pain management, teen asthma and smoking cessation. Commercially, it encompasses everything from sleep quality monitors and sports watches to smart pill dispensers and connected glucometers.
We spoke with Dr. Joe Kvedar, head of the Partners HealthCare Connected Health group and program chair for this year’s conference. He leads a 70-person team charged with keeping Partners at the forefront of connected health technology and is the co-author of The Internet of Healthy Things as well as The New Mobile Age: How Technology will Extend the Healthspan and Enhance the Lifespan.
Kvedar’s connected health roots date back over 20 years, to the earliest days of what’s now known as telemedicine. By delivering care independent of time and place, Kvedar envisioned a disruptive force that could improve patient care, reduce unnecessary costs, generate useful data—and create exciting business opportunities for innovators.
What’s Kvedar most excited about at this year’s conference? He likes all the presenters and panelists and declined to name favorites. But when pressed, it’s clear he’s particularly enthused about the keynote speakers he’s attracted to Boston. The opportunity to hear from such an elite group at a single gathering is exceptionally rare, he notes. Highlights include:
Kvedar’s also excited about the conference’s newly added Innovation Lounge. It’s a curated area of the exhibit floor featuring leading-edge collaborations and initiatives in connected health, including innovation centers, industry leaders, early-stage startups, accelerators, and incubators.
Finally, Kvedar recommends the conference’s 7th Annual Health Tech StandOut! Competition, a popular session that features 10 up-and-coming connected health startups, selected by a panel of industry experts and thought leaders. They’ll demonstrate their products in a rapid-fire, four and a half minute presentation and compete for recognition by the judges and audience.
James A. Gardner, @jamesagardner, is a Boston-area sales and marketing professional with a passion for consumer technologies and all things health, web & social. He started his career with Procter & Gamble before earning his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Since then, James has served senior clients as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, led complex digital projects with Boston-area agencies, and built several high-performing marketing teams. He’s also been published and quoted in multiple professional publications, most recently CMSWire, CIO.com, eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, and MedTech Boston.
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