5 notable 2013 mHealth Summit sessions

For healthcare IT leaders making the trek to Washington, D.C., for next week's annual mHealth Summit, there will be no shortage of meetings, presentations and sessions to attend. Session tracks at this year's event include Business Transformation, Health & Wellness, International, mHealth in the Hospital, Pharma & Life Sciences, Policy, Technology and Ventures & Startups. As FierceMobileHealthcare's Greg Slabodkin has pointed out, the mHealth in the Hospital track is a first for the summit that examine, via eight sessions, which technologies are helping providers to improve quality of care while also helping to manage costs.

Five sessions worth checking out next week include:

  • How Mobile Technology is Shaping Care Coordination (Monday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.): In this session, part of the mHealth in the Hospital track, speakers including Miami Children's Hospital CIO Ed Martinez and Luke Webster, chief medical information officer at Dallas-based CHRISTUS Health, will discuss their hospitals' efforts using mobile technologies in both the pre-registration and patient discharge processes to collect data improve communication both between physicians and with patients.
  • Driving Medical Device Interoperability to Improve Care and Lower Costs (Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.): For all of the constant talk of the need for interoperability in healthcare, solutions to the problem, so far, have been few and far between. Speakers in this Technology track session--including West Health Senior Director Kerry McDermott and Ed Cantwell, executive director of the Center for Medical Interoperability--will talk about how hospitals, vendors, standards organizations and government agencies, among other entities, are driving interoperability.
  • Telehealth and the Virtualization of Healthcare (Tuesday, Dec. 10, 3:45-4:45 p.m.): Speakers in this Technology track session, including Ronald Poropatich, executive director for the Center for Military Medicine Research at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss current regulatory challenges associated with telehealth deployment.
  • mHealth's Financial Impact on Incentive/Reimbursement Outcomes & Influences (Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10:45-11:45 a.m.): This Business Transformation track session will focus on the role of mHealth in aligning incentives and reimbursements, particularly as industry payment models shift to emphasize value over volume. Speakers, including HIMSS Vice President Patricia Wise, will discuss new reward models for measurable outcomes obtainable through the use of mobile technologies.
  • View, Download, Transmit (Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1:15-2:15 p.m.): Speakers for this mHealth in the Hospital track session--including Brian Rothman, medical director of perioperative informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center--will examine the role of mobile device usage on the Meaningful Use program.

Additionally, make sure to check out FierceMobileHealthcare's executive roundtable discussion, "mHealth's Role in Patient Engagement," on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 7-8 a.m. Speakers, including Cleveland Clinic Health System CMIO David Levin and Steven Steinhubl, director of digital medicine at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, will discuss how healthcare organizations are deploying mobile technologies to keep patients engaged in their own care, and how such efforts can improve outcomes.