Don't miss Fierce's high-powered panel on telemedicine next month


As a journalist, I tend to be skeptical. (See also: Personal health records, Neil Versel's opinion on.) But even I was impressed by the panel Fierce's publisher has put together for our executive breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The subject is "Telemedicine Success: Opportunities for Seamless Care, Reduced Costs and Broader Access," and I'll be moderating the event, which starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. It's FierceMobileHealthcare's event to complement the 2010 mHealth Summit at the nearby Washington Convention Center, a conference that's shaping up to be a major international gathering.

Bill Gates is the keynote speaker at the mHealth Summit. We don't have quite that firepower, but if you're looking for expertise in telehealth, our breakfast is the place to be. And I am not referring to myself. Our speaker panel will feature Dr. Adam Darkins, chief consultant for care coordination at the Department of Veterans Affairs, someone who is in the process transitioning much of VA telehealth from telephone-based follow-up to active wireless monitoring.

Also on the panel are: Dr. Karen Rheuban, medical director in the University of Virginia Health System's Office of Telemedicine and immediate past president of the American Telemedicine Association; Lynne Dunbrack, a health IT analyst with IDC Health Insights; and Phoebe Yang, who serves as senior broadband advisor to the chairman at the Federal Communications Commission. (Yang's influence may be heightened now in the wake of Dr. Mohit Kaushal's recent departure from the FCC to take a job at the West Wireless Health Institute.)

We're waiting for confirmation on another speaker, a key HHS official, so stay tuned. And come join us in D.C. next month. - Neil

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