Confronting Diabetes Crisis through Collaborative Management


Healthcare Web Summit   Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern (10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Pacific)
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  • Strategies to help diabetes patients better manage their disease
  • Provider/Patient Collaboration improving control of blood glucose levels 
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  • Connect Health Strategies- using technology to gather and use physiologic patient data in care plan
  • Personalized coaching and patient incentives to adhere to the care plan
  • Remote patient monitoring programs to collect and transmit readings, access data and collaborate
  • Report on DiabetesConnect, practice-based diabetes management program at Partners HealthCare
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare


Dr. Alex Baker
Chief Operating Officer, Partners Community HealthCare, Inc. 

Dr. Michael Myers
Medical Director, Hawthorn Medical Associates (part of Partners Healthcare)
Improving care of chronic conditions is a major priority for healthcare providers, patients and payers. Connected Health strategies -- using technology to gather accurate physiologic patient data, give patients and providers easy access to this data and offer personalized coaching and incentives to patients to stick to their care plan -- are creating unique opportunities to help diabetes patients better manage their disease. One example is DiabetesConnect, a new practice-based monitoring program used by nurses, diabetes educators, endocrinologists, nutritionists, primary care physicians and other clinical care providers to help patients best manage their diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic and growing illness that affects more than 20 million adults and children in the U.S. Patients with diabetes can avoid serious health complications associated with the disease, by maintaining blood glucose (sugar) levels within a normal range and minimizing daily sugar intake. The Center for Connected Health is working on a number of connected health models of care to address this mounting health crisis, including a remote monitoring program to help diabetes patients collect and transmit their blood sugar readings, access their personal health data and remotely collaborate with their providers from the convenience of their home.

Join Joe Kvedar, MD and his guests, Dr. Alex Baker, Chief Operating Officer at Partners Community Healthcare, and Dr. Michael Myers, Medical Director at Hawthorn Medical Associates (part of Partners Healthcare) as they discuss how connected health strategies are working to address the growing diabetes health crisis, by allowing providers and patients to work collaboratively to improve control of blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes, including a report on DiabetesConnect, a new practice-based diabetes management program being implemented at Partners HealthCare.

Here’s what connected health expert Joe Kvedar, MD, had to say about connected health strategies and how these programs can apply to better manage diabetes care:

“Payment reform will be a catalyst to transform our broken health care system, but without a more well-rounded health information technology strategy – efforts to date have focused chiefly on provider adoption of electronic medical records – providers will not have the tools to truly move to the population-based, health-oriented system that current policy makers envision." 

"The key to solving the cost and quality dilemma is to employ strategies that involve the patient more in his/her health care decision making. The idea is to offload as much medical decision-making as possible from providers. They are a scarce commodity and expensive labor. A strategy highly focused on physician EMR adoption will not achieve this goal. Rather, another set of tools is required. We call this set of tools ‘connected health’."

"Connected health involves the use of technologies, predominantly messaging and monitoring, to accomplish two broad goals – to extend care to the patient, where the patient is, when the patient needs it AND to give the patient tools that enable him/her to be their own primary care provider whenever possible. The conditions that best fit this approach are chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma. The choice is strategic – these conditions represent the fastest growing segment of health care demand and account for the vast majority of costs. Four core principles are applied in designing connected health programs: gather accurate information (vital signs, adherence to care plan, certain behaviors, etc.); share that information with the patient in a context he/she can relate to; provide coaching based on how the patient is performing relative to the information that is tracked (the coach has access to the same data as the patient); and provide the provider with only the information required to make the best care decision."
Learning Objectives
Participants will gain an understanding of the following:
  • The vision, experience and perspectives of a major provider network involved in connected health initiatives, working to redesign healthcare delivery for the future.
  • The case experience of hospital and community-based primary care practices in implementing a connected health program to help diabetes patients better manage their care
  • A discussion of additional opportunities relating to connected health initiatives, including monitoring programs in other chronic conditions such as heart failure and hypertension, as well as a look at current and future trends.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Medical Directors
  • Care Management Executives and Staff
  • Clinical Executives and Staff
  • Physicians and Other Care Providers
  • Planning and Strategic Executives and Staff
  • Health Benefit Managers
  • Other Interested Parties 

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Medical Groups 
  • Provider Organizations 
  • Health Plans
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Employers
  • Care and Disease Management Organizations
  • TPAs
  • PBMs
  • Government Agencies
  • Media
  • Consultants, Vendors and Solutions Providers
Individual Registration Fee: $225
. Audio Conference CD-ROM: $40 for attendees; $285 for non-attendees after the event.

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Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare


  Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, has been instrumental in evolving the field of connected health. As Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, Dr. Kvedar is working to develop new solutions and innovative interventions to deliver quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. Dr. Kvedar has promoted a more holistic vision of health attainment that revolves around the consumer and leverages technology to help people get well and stay well.

His focus on enabling health and wellness through technology-enabled monitoring, coaching, and education, particularly in the area of chronic disease, accomplishes several major goals of healthcare: 1) helps patients to understand how their behaviors lead to improved health 2) strengthens the relationship between patients and health providers 3) addresses major personnel shortages in healthcare 4) increases access to care, and 5) in many studies and programs to date, has lead to better outcomes. Dr. Kvedar is devoted to promoting the development of consumer-centered, technology-enabled programs in every avenue of healthcare where connected health may be of value. 

Under Dr. Kvedar’s direction, the Center for Connected Health manages novel programs and studies in cardiac care (about 1,000 patients treated last year in a program shown to reduce hospital visits in cardiac patients by 25%), hypertension, diabetes, virtual health education, skin cancer prevention and weight management. Through careful research and advocacy, Dr. Kvedar has helped transformed Partners HealthCare into a savvy leader and believer in connected health, to the benefit of thousands of patients and care providers, and has generously given of his time and talent to advance the field, sparking novel research and partnerships in diverse areas of healthcare and technology. 

He is a past president and board member of the American Telemedicine Association and immediate past chair of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Task Force on Telemedicine. 

In 2008, Dr. Kvedar was honored by the University of Vermont Medical School for his distinguished academic achievement. In 2009, Dr. Kvedar was honored by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) with its Individual Leadership Award, recognizing his significant contributions to connected health and telemedicine.

In addition to serving as Director of the Center for Connected Health, Dr. Kvedar is Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. In 2007, he co-edited Home Telehealth: Connecting Care within the Community (RSM Press, London), the first book to report on the applications of technology to deliver quality healthcare in the home. He has authored over 60 publications on connected health and is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences.

Alexander Baker
Chief Operating Officer
Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.

Alexander Baker joined Partners Community HealthCare, Inc. (PCHI) in July 1999 as its Director of Finance. In this role, Alex was responsible for the operations of PCHI’s finance department, including accounting, budgeting & reporting, and financial planning. Alex was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2003 and assumed responsibility for PCHI’s data and analytic services, as well as overall management of the finances of the organization. In 2005, Alex was appointed Chief Operating Officer for PCHI. He now is responsible for the overall operations of the organization including: Finance, Network Operations, Contract Performance, Practice Management, and Human Resources.

Alex’s background includes positions in financial management, operations and information systems in a variety of healthcare-related settings. Prior to joining PCHI, Alex was Director of Finance for John Snow, Inc., an international health care management consulting firm. In this role, Alex managed the finances of three corporate entities, with 25 offices located around the world. He also provided financial management consulting services to U.S. community-based health care providers.

Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Harvard College, and a Masters in Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michael T. Myers, Jr, MD, MBA
Medical Director
Hawthorn Medical Associates

Dr. Mike Myers’s career in health care has spanned practicing as a primary care internal medicine physician, working on various public health and health policy initiatives, health care consulting and medical management. He is currently the Medical Director of Hqwthorn Medical Associates, the largest multispecialty practice with some 70 physicians in the Southcoast region of Massachusetts and an integrated group within Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.

Before becoming Hawthorn Medical Director, Dr. Myers was the Associate Medical Director for Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., the largest integrated delivery network of hospitals (including the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals) and some 6,000 primary and specialty care physicians in Massachusetts.
In both roles Dr. Myers has worked directly with practicing physicians to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivered to patients, while ensuring patients are satisfied with their care experience.

Before joining Hawthorn and Partners, Dr. Myers held various positions as Principal with MDXcel Consulting, Director of Healthcare Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Medical Director of Medicare Programs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Dr. Myers completed his primary care internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in 1988, received his BA from Johns Hopkins University in 1981, MD from Harvard Medical School in 1985, and MBA from Northeastern University in 1997.


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