Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Healthcare and Life Sciences Forum

The Babson Healthcare and Life Sciences Club is pleased to announce its 7th Annual Industry Forum to be presented on April 15, 2010.

The current healthcare debate and resulting legislation is a watershed moment for the delivery of care to patients. Old institutions and inefficiencies are being done away with in favor of technological advances that encourage high-touch care and patient empowerment. As occurs during industry turning points, opportunities for entrepreneurs are abundant. Identifying these opportunities and acting on them requires the ability to see and understand the interplay among many seemingly disparate groups.

The forum is set to represent a diverse set of sectors, from suppliers (pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices) to healthcare delivery and services, as well as a broad range of functions, from marketing to business development to investors. The vision we have set forth for the various topics of interest are listed below.

* Can Healthcare Reform Live Up to the Hype?
* Is Healthcare IT Headed for a Tipping Point?
* Healthcare 2.0: The Impact of Social Media on Health Information
* Healthcare Entrepreneurs in Action
* Healthcare Funding – Show Me the Money!
* Reaching and Retaining Female Talent in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry

Some of the speakers include Matthew Emmens, Jonathan Bush, Tom Dehner, Eric Elliott, John Halamka, Sharon Vitti, John Halamka, Ben Heywood, Alan Crane, Larry Weber, Dave deBronkart, Lisa Adler, Shwen Gwee.

Check out our website http://www.babsonhealth.com for the entire list of speakers.

If you have any questions you want to ask the speakers for the Healthcare IT panelists or for that matter anyone leave a comment and we shall try to have them answered.

Is Healthcare IT Headed for a Tipping Point?

Technology is a core focus of healthcare reform as it relates to generating cost savings and eliminating redundancies. Integrated healthcare delivery is made possible by the technological interconnectedness of unique groups to streamline the flow of data. The opportunity is rich not just for traditional healthcare players, but also technology companies traditionally focused outside of the health space. Telecom companies are paving the way for mobile health; software and hardware companies are developing home health solutions. Currently the flow of data occurs in pockets, but not openly across all platforms. With these companies focusing on full-range solutions, the question becomes, “How will these technologies work together to deliver more integrated healthcare, and ultimately improve patient outcomes?”


John Halamka - CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess & CEO MA-SHARE
Steve Wardell - Senior Director Business Development, PatientKeeper
Rob Havasy - Business Analyst, Center for Connected Health
Chris Steel - U.S. Country Head, PA Consulting
Sue Schade - CIO, Brigham and Women's Hospital

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