The mHealth Summit is undergoing a transformation.
The six-year-old summit, held each winter at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center just outside Washington, D.C., is part of a new, larger event this year. The four-day event is now called the Connected Health Conference.
It also gets a new time slot. The conference will be held from Nov. 8-11, about one month earlier than past mHealth Summits.
"Providers, policy makers, payers and patients are increasingly relying on the collection, sharing and integration of personal health data to increase efficiencies, empower individuals to better manage their health and wellness, reduce costs and improve outcomes," H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS president and CEO, said in a press release. "HIMSS created the Connected Health Conference for members of the healthcare sector who are eager for valuable education, dialogue and networking to support the integration of connected health in clinical practice and patient care."
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The conference will actually be split into three distinct summits, each addressing hot-button topics central to today's changing healthcare landscape – the mHealth Summit, the Cyber Security Summit and the Population Health Summit.
"Healthcare is entering an era of the consumer and with that comes new challenges and opportunities," Lieber told mHealth News. "More than ever before consumers are taking greater control of their health and health care. To support that trend, providers need to provide a different level of connectivity between the clinician and the consumer. Mobile health, population health and information security are critical components in achieving this new level of electronic connection."
The three summits includced in the Connected Health Conference are:
The mHealth Summit, described as "the premier conference and expo for exploring what is new in mobile, telehealth and connected health - from the impact on healthcare delivery, clinical care and patient and consumer engagement to new technologies, research, investment activities, policy and shifts in the business environment." It includes the Global mHealth Forum, launched in 2014 in partnership with the mHealth Working Group and USAID, which brings together mHealth experts from more than 50 countries to discuss mobile and connected health issues facing, in particular, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
"Our mission is to frame mobile technology within a larger global health strategy. We look forward to the forum to learn how others are using mHealth to solve problems and improve health," Kelly Keisling, co-founder and co-chair of the mHealth Working Group, said in a 2014 press release in advance of that summit.
The Cyber Security Summit, designed to "convene thought leaders from around the country to explore the current landscape of health sector cyberthreats and risk management approaches across identification, protection, detection, response and recovery." Scheduled session will focus on, among other issues, the financial and clinical impacts of a cyberattack, its impact on business continuity, and its effects on consumer and patient trust. "Attendees will learn how to equip themselves with the many types of tools and resources available to identify cyberthreats and manage their risk, and how to use threat intelligence and data analytics to keep ahead of the cyber security game," HIMSS officials said.
The Population Health Summit, which will "provide real-world examples and case studies of population health management actions currently in place within healthcare organizations." Among the topics to be discussed are how to provide patient-centered quality care across populations, price and quality transparency, and success factors that make up and effective population health management program.
Originally launched by the National Institutes of Health, the mHealth Alliance and the Foundation for the NIH, the mHealth Summit was acquired by HIMSS in 2012 and kept under the supervision of Richard Scarfo, its director and vice president of the Personal Connected Health Alliance. In 2014, the event joined forces with the newly created PCHA and the Continua Health Alliance.
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