May 21, 2013By Lance Baily

HealthBeat Covers Disruptive Healthcare Technology


Yesterday took part in HealthBeat 2013, a new event dedicated to exploring where new technology is disrupting healthcare. The meeting was organized by media outlet VentureBeat, which covers the Tech, People and Money of new ventures across the globe.  The meeting continues today in San Francisco combining clinicians, hospital administrators, entrepreneurs, and funding groups from around the world.

“HealthBeat 2013 is a new event exploring “Smart Hospitals” and “Smart Practices,” the focal point of where technology is disrupting health care. The event also covers how “Smart Patients” fit in. Patients are now equipped with a library of web stats and tools, giving them more control over how they get medical care.

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David Levin, MD and Chief Medical Information Officer of Cleveland Clinic Health System helped open yesterday morning’s session highlighting the changes coming to the U.S. Healthcare system and what that will mean for technology-based entrepreneurs. David reminded us that from the dawn of humankind until 2003, our collective data output was equivalent to about 5 exobytes of data (thats a 5 with 18 zeros after it). Highlighting why we are “at the beginning of the beginning” David then shared “but since 2003, we now create about 5 exobytes of data every 2 days”!


Thus, “We are all immigrants entering a new country and a new age. Change is coming as we transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system, where people get paid based on the results, quality of care, efficiency, and how satisfied our patients are.” Paralleling the continual tension of simulation technology in healthcare settings, David shared that Cleveland Clinic desired a “stable use for ongoing operational use of technology but expected a continuous disruption through constant innovation”.  I agree as I have experienced first-hand how running a simulation based learning environment always requires disruptions since technology changes so rapidly.

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You can read the rest of Rebecca Grant’s coverage of David’s session including his breakdown of the 3 P’s for the future of Healthcare: Personalization, Population-Based, and Pervasive.

When asked if there was a generational gap with the utilization of technology in healthcare Gunnar Trommer VP of Marketing at Sotera Wireless did not believe so suggesting “It can be done. Integrating technology requires a culture of patient safety from the administrative level”. To approach such utilization Gunner recommended further “Drive the behavior by not just explaining the what, but the why – and publicly post outcomes of technology use so that everyone can see the benefits”.

Yesterday primarily covered big-data analysis opportunities, risks and regulations as well as mobile app business ventures in the space. Sean Cassidy VP and GM, Premier Data Alliance at Premier suggested that EHRs will soon become recommendation tools with datasets available across multiple-platforms – providing assistance to both healthcare providers and patients.

I was surprised to see that medical simulation did not have more of a presence at the event and made the recommendation to consider our rapidly expanding community for future HealthBeat meetings.

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