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A Meeting of Minds on the Value of Healthcare IT

February 19th, 2014
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As healthcare providers face challenges from empowered patients, the increasing impact of the internet and mobile technology on patient care, and more outcomes-focused regulatory requirements, the role of information technology in healthcare has never been more important. To both gain more perspective and to help align Popper and Company’s strategies with the latest advances and issues, I will be attending the annual HIMSS14 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando starting next week.
 
At Popper and Company, we’ve helped guide our clients around a wide range of healthcare IT issues, ranging from mobile health, to patient engagement, to establishing the value of healthcare IT—all “hot topics” at this year’s HIMSS meeting. I expect that some of the issues we’ve discussed in the past will be part of this year’s conference, namely:
 
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Two Disparate Meetings – #CES2014 and #JPM2014: Each Addressing Healthcare’s Future

January 29th, 2014
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The 32nd annual JP Morgan Healthcare conference, held in San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel from January 13-16, was a posh affair by industry standards, with only select companies having been asked to present, investors as the key target audience, and a fertile ground for deal-making touted as the primary offering. An event characterized by (mostly) men in conservative suits, the 7,000+ attendees were jammed into the Westin’s narrow halls struggling to get a seat to hear the latest news from pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers. Meanwhile, deal-making discussions, media interviews and satellite “meet-ups” occurred in the nooks and crannies of just about every hotel in a 5-block radius from the Westin.
 
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Some Thoughts from 2012 AusMedTech Conference

May 24th, 2012
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While securing financing is an important milestone for developing new healthcare technologies, developers need to look beyond this first step and find ways to determine and demonstrate the value of their innovations. And there’s no better place to discuss this crucial issue than in Australia.
 
Home to 600 medical device companies, Australia ranks as the fourth-largest market in the Asia-Pacific region. I wrote this post last week from the 2012 AusMedTech (Australia Medical Technology) national conference in Sydney after sharing some strategic insights with device executives.
 
As the device industry continues to grow rapidly, it will be important for technology developers to demonstrate how their products add value to healthcare. No matter where they are located in the world, developers need to:

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Life Science Takeaways from JPM12, OneMedForum, CES Digital Health Summit

January 17th, 2012
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On the heels of our team’s attendance at some key conferences over the last several days, I had a chance to talk with my colleagues. Shane Climie attended the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, Ken Walz participated in OneMedForum (across the street from the JP Morgan conference), and both Ken and Paul Sonnier were at the Digital Health Summit in Las Vegas.
 Following are the highlights from my post-conference discussions with the team:
 

CP: Paul, tell us what happened in Vegas that shouldn’t stay in Vegas?

 

PS: There were two themes that will—and should—escape Vegas and transform our health. The first theme, digital health, was underscored by Eric Topol’s keynote address and hardcover book release. This was the most cogent expression I’ve seen of the convergence of consumer health, clinical care, research, and life sciences. Greg Lucier, CEO of Life Technologies, illustrated the second theme with his announcement of the company’s new $1,000 genome sequencer, which has the ability to be used in a doctor’s office. Lucier explained that technology is moving medicine into the “genetics age.”
 
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Three Conferences, Two Cities, One Vision of Healthcare’s Future?

January 6th, 2012
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To kick off the New Year, we’re attending three key conferences next week. Ken Walz and I will be in San Francisco, so we can tap into both the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference and OneMedForum, and Popper and Co. guest blogger Paul Sonnier will be at the Digital Health Summit, which is held along with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
 
Following are some of our thoughts as we prepare to take off.
 
Ken: Every year we look forward to the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference as an opportunity to renew industry acquaintances, look for business opportunities on behalf of our clients and to do a pulse-check on the outlook for the coming year. The overall sentiment at JPM is often cited as an industry barometer and by Tuesday or Wednesday we’ll all be reading and hearing about “the mood at JP Morgan.” Hopefully, this year that mood will be “optimistic.”
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#TEDMED Day Two: The Reinvention Continues

October 28th, 2011
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The second day of TEDMED took off full swing, with an agenda packed with speakers and discussions. While there were many presenters of new inventions as well as a certain “gee-whiz” quality to some discussions, all sessions made one thing clear: resolving our biggest health challenges requires something other than the latest widget. We’re going to need more collaboration among a wider diversity of disciplines. Furthermore, the patient, more and more seen as a consumer, will play a central role.
 
Michael Graves, a renowned architect who also is wheelchair bound, talked less about designing a hospital and more about designing a physical environment in which health care is delivered. Like many speakers here whose personal experience drove their ideas, Michael spent a lot of time in in his “target” institutions – rehabilitation and physical therapy centers. His conclusion? Most hospitals aren’t designed to contribute to making you feel better, or getting you better. They’re not created from a patient perspective. He has since been known for coming up with designs that have positive effects on the health of patients.

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Notes From Afield—#TEDMED, Day One

October 27th, 2011
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TEDMED, that health-focused meeting of the minds, is underway in San Diego, and I wanted to share some impressions of the ideas proposed at the conference. This week, there are a lot of very interesting exhibits, thoughtful presentations, and a bright, energetic audience here. And if there was a central theme to this year’s TEDMED, I’d say it was “redefinition;” rephrasing our questions to reflect what we’ve learned about how the natural, social, and physical worlds actually work.  I’d like you to chime in; share your thoughts with me on these ideas, or any others!
 
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  1. Dr. David Agus of USC observed that the power of sophisticated diagnostics is needed to produce truly targeted personalized medicine, but wonders if we need to not only redefine diseases such as cancer, but also to find different, more useful definitions of health. In other words, should we focus on defining health, or instead focus on what is meant by disease?
  2. Ger Brophy of General Electric Healthcare focused on the theme of cancer on a personal basis, rather than on the geography of where the cancer is. As we’ve discussed via this blog, cancer’s traditional definitions based on anatomical location are not keeping up with what we know about the disease – and its many forms – today. Read the rest of this entry »

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#BIO2011: After the Party is Over

June 30th, 2011
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For the thousands of  life science industry representatives who attend the Biotechnology Industry Organization Annual Convention each year, the last few days have been similar to a favorite holiday: exciting, long-awaited, and too quickly over. As we wrap up our #BIO2011 experience and say good-bye to Washington, DC, I took a few moments to look back on many inspiring networking and learning opportunities only available at this kind of international event.
 
Within the span of a few days, my colleague Caroline Popper and I have been able to meet with clients, colleagues and new contacts from states such as Michigan, California, Texas, and Massachusetts.  Furthermore, a large exhibit hall showcasing different regions of the world’s biotech industry has been an extraordinary venue to network with international visitors. I traveled to DC from my office in Toronto, and was able to meet with life science representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Italy, sharing with them ideas and guidance for how to establish a presence in North America.
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