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Healthcare Reform Should Include Connected Health and Participatory Medicine, Says Report Submitted to President Obama by Center for Connected Health
Date:1/23/2009

Online discussion included feedback from academic and business leaders, technologists, physicians, heath insurers, patients and payers.

BOSTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to President Obama's call for recommendations on healthcare reform, the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, convened an online Community Health Discussion in December, to explore the opportunities and advantages connected health, population management and participatory medicine can offer to healthcare reform. A report of the discussion findings was submitted to President Obama's Presidential Transition Health Policy Team, led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Nominee Tom Daschle.

Over 30 participants, including academic and business leaders, technologists, physicians, health insurers, patients and payers, took part in the discussion. The Center's final report submitted to the Obama team addressed how connected health and its core tools - physiologic monitoring presented to the patient in a meaningful way, and data-driven coaching to help individuals make positive lifestyle and health behavior changes - could play a critical role in transforming healthcare delivery, improving quality and expanding access to care throughout the U.S.

"Among connected health advocates, there is a concern that disproportionate emphasis will be placed on increasing access to care through universal coverage and on traditional health information technology, or electronic medical records (EMRs)," said Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Director, Center for Connected Health. "While EMRs are a critically important technology to improve quality, they support current workflow and reimbursement models which are tragically flawed and provide no incentive to rein in costs.

"True healthcare reform will require a more patient-centered approach, and a broader policy palette, including incentives for providers to adop
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