Last year we hosted Philly Tech Week’s inaugural healthcare leadership event at the Pyramid Club. Healthcare technologists and thought leaders from Philadelphia’s most esteemed and innovative healthcare organizations—including Penn Medicine, Tandigm Health, Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health—shared their challenges and experiences utilizing data, technology, and clinicians to enhance care delivery and engage in population health management. James Buehler, MD, the, then, Health Commissioner of Philadelphia discussed how the city is supporting providers in moving their population health agendas forward.
This year our conference is more multi-faceted than the last—with healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs traveling from across the North East to discuss New Frontiers for Building Community Health Networks.
Gina McCarthy, the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, will be discussing the mutualism of public health and the health of the environment. As our nation’s chronic disease epidemic grows, so does evidence of correlations between air pollution and other environmental challenges. It’s time we address the elephant in our air, in our water, in our community. If we are to meet our city’s population health management goals, environmental health factors must be addressed. Administrator McCarthy has been working to protect public health and the environment for over thirty years.
Continuing along the theme of developing community health networks, executives from health innovation centers and local startup founders will debate the strength of Philadelphia’s healthcare ecosystem for digital health entrepreneurs compared to other cities that are vying to be the next Silicon Alley. Intrapreneurial maven, Dr. Lorien Abroms, of the Milken Institute School of Public Health will, then, discuss her nationally acclaimed clinical research on smoking cessation. Her pioneering work has helped scores of digital health entrepreneurs establish the validity of text messaging as a viable patient engagement and communications channel.
In closing, chronic disease prevention and patient engagement experts from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), Delaware Valley ACO, Main Line Health and the Philadelphia Public Health Department will discuss the promises and proven ability of mobile and digital health to solve Philadelphia’s growing chronic disease crisis.