Long before the internet, health and wellness trackers, apps, sensors or smartphones even existed, Joe Kvedar was creating a new model of health care delivery, moving care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He is the author of two books on the subject: The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend the Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan (2017) and The Internet of Healthy Things (2015).
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, vice president, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, is leveraging personal health technologies to improve care delivery and help providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Under Dr. Kvedar’s more than two decades of leadership, Partners Connected Health has launched a number of innovative health tracking programs, mobile health, virtual care initiatives and clinical research programs for the more than 1.5 million patients served at Partners HealthCare-affiliated hospitals. Partners HealthCare was founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and includes community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities.
Dr. Kvedar serves as program chair for the Connected Health Conference, an industry defining event co-hosted by Partners Connected Health and the HIMSS Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance). He is also a member of the PCHAlliance Board of Managers.
He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 1,000 publications on the subject; he currently serves on the Editorial Board of npj Digital Medicine, a Nature Research journal. The popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Wave Edge Capital, Puretech Ventures and Qualcomm Life, providing guidance and insight to these companies. Dr. Kvedar is also a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and serves as a judge for its President’s Challenge for Entrepreneurship. He is co-chair of the American Medical Association's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group; he is also a member of the Board of Excertia, a collaboration between AHA, AMA, DHX Group and HIMSS dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness of mobile health applications (apps).
Based on the technology platform developed at Partners Connected Health, a personalized health technology company was launched and later acquired by a leading insurance company to support its program encouraging healthy behavior and wellness education among employee populations. In 2013, Dr. Kvedar launched Wellocracy, a leading source of impartial, easy-to-understand information on new personal “self-health” technologies like activity trackers, wireless devices and mobile apps to empower people to get and stay healthy.
One of the few constants in life is change, and nowhere is that more true than healthcare. Patient loads are larger. New digital channels bustle with information and compete for doctors’ attention. New technological innovations launch on a weekly basis, or so it seems. Patients are becoming ever more empowered, attending consultations with their own biometric data in hand, and breakthrough technologies in artificial intelligence and virtual reality are major disruptive forces.
In this opening leadership panel, our expert speakers discuss how healthcare organizations are:
- Implementing and enabling these new technologies.
- Uncovering and addressing the associated opportunities and barriers.
- Assessing what must be done to help physicians and other clinicians adapt to this evolving healthcare paradigm.
Host Joe Kvedar wraps up the day, recapping the key insights, best practices, lessons learned, and sending attendees home with takeaways to take their own digital and personal connected health initiatives to the next level.