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Dr. Fauzia Khan Shares Insights on Patient Engagement at 2013 NEHI Innovation Conference

October 4, 2013

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Dr. Khan and fellow panelists discuss the future of patient engagement at the 2013 NEHI Innovation Conference

Dr. Fauzia Khan, Alere Analytics‘ Chief Medical Officer and co-founder, participated in an industry panel discussion around patient engagement at the 2013 NEHI Innovation Conference that took place on October 3rd.  The conference showcases current innovations in the healthcare industry, and this year’s theme was on the state of Patient Engagement and how we can better communicate with patients and providers.  The conference brings together today’s senior healthcare leaders and policymakers to address the challenges and opportunities of engaging patients in their own care.

The conference showcases current innovations in the healthcare industry, and this year’s theme was on the state of Patient Engagement and how we can better communicate with patients and providers.  The conference brings together today’s senior healthcare leaders and policymakers to address the challenges and opportunities of engaging patients in their own care.

Connecting patients and providers through patient engagement technologies is a topic that Dr. Khan is passionate about, and during her panel discussion, she demonstrated how technology can enable patients to become active participants in their own healthcare, leading to better outcomes and reducing readmission rates. Dr. Khan continued to discuss how healthcare providers need to find solutions that support patients across the continuum of care- whether they are in ICU or when they’re in their home environment with their families and caregivers. The panel was comprised of John Halamka, MD, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Sonia Millsom, VP Payor Strategy, Best Doctors, Kamal Jethwani, MD, Research & Innovation, Center for Connected Health, and Moderated by  Torben Nielsen, General Manager, HealthSparq.

Although  interoperability and managing data were common themes, the conversation took some interesting turns. Other considerations such as cultural barriers of working with technology systems, community involvement and the role of social media with patient diagnosis and caregiver support, as well as data from new devices such as wearable technology such as fitbits and even Google Glass that can stream patient data while still “engaging” directly with a patient.

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Google Glass: Is this the future of patient engagement?

If you are interested in additional details, click here for the Wall Street Journal mention of the NEHI panel discussion, and if you’d like more information on the topic of patient engagement, read Dr. Khan’s article in the June 2013 issue of Becker’s Hospital Review, “Addressing the Empty Seat at the Healthcare IT Table: Next Steps in Patient Engagement“.

For more information on how Alere Analytics can help patients become more active participants in their own healthcare, visit our website at http://www.alereanalytics.com.

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