The question of how we pay for healthcare has been under the microscope in recent months, but what can we do to radically improve the care itself? Examining how information technology can help with that challenge is the whole point of Xconomy’s Healthcare in Transition forum, which will be held on Monday afternoon at the MIT Media Lab. And we’ve just added two new speakers—and one very cool demo—to the lineup.
There are just a few seats remaining—you can register and see the entire program here. As you’ll see, we have an incredible roster of speakers, kicked off with a keynote talk by Media Lab director Frank Moss and—just added yesterday—a demo by John Moore, a physician who heads the lab’s New Media Medicine initiative (pictured above with Moss for a profile late last year above, as well as one offering a bird’s eye view of the New Media Medicine lab, below). One of the big points of that effort is to use information technologies—including new computer interfaces and social media—to find new ways of treating illness and, ideally, keeping people healthy in the first place.
We added another speaker yesterday as well—Ed Park, CTO of Athenahealth. Park, whose brother Todd is the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, will join an incredible panel moderated by Wired executive editor Thomas Goetz (who authored a book on personalized medicine called The Decision Tree). That panel includes Paul Bleicher, chief medical officer of Humedica and founder of Phase Forward; Daniel Palestrant, founder and CEO of Sermo; American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg; and Joe Kvedar, founder and director of the Center for Connected Health in Boston.
We have rounded out the day with health IT case studies from two public companies, Microsoft (and its Healthcare Innovation Lab) and EMC, and two startups, Newton, MA-based Life Image and Keas, a Bay Area company funded in part by Boston’s Atlas Venture. The program will close with short “bursts” from four pioneering companies out to transform medicine in unique ways—which should provide plenty of fodder for conversation during the networking reception to follow.
Again, we have very few seats left for a very exciting and information afternoon. Register here. We hope to see you there.