Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, vice president, Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He is the author of a new book, The Internet of Healthy Things, in which he describes how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to learn more about the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior to improve our health.
At Partners Connected Health, Dr. Kvedar is leveraging information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools – to improve care delivery. Partners connected health programs are also helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Based on the technology platform developed at Partners, 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.
He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; his popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Qualcomm Life, Puretech Ventures and BD Technologies, and is a mentor at Blueprint Health, providing guidance and insight to developing companies. Dr. Kvedar is also a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and serves as a judge for its President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship.
Over 20 years ago, Partners HealthCare embarked on a journey to explore the application of technology to improve care delivery, in an era when telehealth was perceived as the lunatic fringe. Today, connected health is mainstreaming and service offerings abound from unusual market entrants, such as Walgreens and CVS, startup companies, healthcare innovators, and consumer technology giants like Philips and Samsung. Is the snowball rolling down hill on its own yet? Are market dynamics creating a perfect storm? Recent experience suggests that some practical, but surmountable barriers exist. Hear from connected health visionary, Dr. Joe Kvedar, how connected health can succeed and where we go from here.