Marking its second anniversary, Pittsburgh-based facility records 7,482 visitors from 35 countries
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Center for Connected Medicine, a global thought leader defining the transformation of health care, today released results from activities undertaken since its founding in 2009. Dedicated to developing a blueprint for innovative patient-centered and population health models using strategically integrated health information technology solutions, the Center has hosted nearly 7,500 visitors from 35 countries at its 14,000-square-foot facility.
Located in the U.S. Steel Building in downtown Pittsburgh, the Center for Connected Medicine was established by four founding partners—Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, UPMC and Verizon—who have since been joined by eight strategic partners. Visitors to the Center experience the outcomes of today’s fragmented approach to health care and are introduced to emerging technologies that have great promise as connectivity enablers.
Both founding and strategic partners use the Center for executive briefings and sales presentations. In the past year, the facility has also served as the venue for a wide variety of special events, including a Patient Centered Medical Home Summit hosted by IBM, a Connected Hospital User Group hosted by Alcatel-Lucent, and a two-day International Telemedicine Symposium hosted by UPMC and sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent, BlackBerry, Polycom and Turner Construction.
“The success we’ve experienced to date highlights the genuine, growing interest in creating a new model for health care delivery,” says Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, medical director for the Center for Connected Medicine. “Our objective is to engage health care and technology leaders to transform health care by promoting cultural change, care coordination and greater patient accountability. If these challenges are not met, health care will be unable to achieve its objectives of increasing access, improving quality and reducing costs.”
IBM has been among the most active partners during the first two years of the Center’s operations. “We recognize that collaboration among multiple vendors is fundamental to a mission of quality in health care,” says Christine M. Kretz, IBM Healthcare Solutions’ Executive. “We are delighted to be a part of this effort, which demonstrates how thought leadership and vision can come together to supply practical and viable solutions to the challenges we all face.”
“The rapid increase in the number of visitors to the Center is a testament to both the industry’s thirst for knowledge, and our partners’ belief in and enthusiasm for connected medicine,” adds Angela Pantelas, executive director for the Center for Connected Medicine. “Our partners, both founding and strategic, have been integrally instrumental to our success. Without their support, connected medicine would remain only a concept.”
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CONNECTED MEDICINE
The Center for Connected Medicine is defining the transformation of health care by serving as a global thought leader. It is developing the blueprint for innovative patient-centered and population health models using strategically integrated health information technology solutions. Based in Pittsburgh, the Center was established in 2009 by four founding partners—Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, UPMC and Verizon—that were joined by eight strategic partners representing multiple facets of the HIT community. By engaging health care stakeholders—policy-makers, providers, payers, vendors—the Center promotes cultural change, coordinated care delivery, and greater patient accountability to improve access, cost and quality on a societal level. To learn more about connected medicine, as well as the Center’s vision and initiatives, please visit www.connectedmed.com.
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