Panel: "Where no health tech has gone before."

A common theme in health tech is that there's a communication gap between the developers building new technologies and the healthcare providers working on the front lines. Is the gap real or imagined? Who knows--either way, it's a good excuse to bring an amazing panel of doctors in front of an audience of health tech developers, get a discussion going, and see what happens.

As the title suggests, this meetup will feature a panel of doctors discussing the problems they regularly encounter where technology is notably absent: everything from overlooked pain points in the clinical workflow to under-served patient populations. After 30 - 45 minutes of moderated panel discussion, we'll broaden the discussion by opening it up to audience Q&A.

In other words, this is going to be a hell of a lot of fun. Take a break from coding that NCPDP parser or SNOMED CT API you've been working on and come join the discussion.

Here are our panelists:

Brian Radbill, MD is the Vice Chair of Quality for the Department of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He chairs several quality improvement committees and oversees Divisional and Departmental quality improvement and patient safety activities. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Dr. Radbill received his MD degree from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine. In 2004, Dr. Radbill joined the Mount Sinai Division of Nephrology, and he has since held a number of senior positions, including Assistant Fellowship Program Director, Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Kidney Center, and Clinical Director of the Mount Sinai Division of Nephrology.

Daniel Knecht is an dual MD/MBA graduate from Weill Cornell who is pursuing his Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. As a Fulbright Scholar, Knecht studied health care deficiencies in the Bedouin community of Israel. Most recently, he is working on a start-up that is repurposing pre-existing drugs and polymers for new applications. His interests are in value-conscious health care delivery and cost-effective innovations in medicine.

Nicholas Stine, MD, is the Associate Director of Healthcare Improvement at the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, the country’s largest municipal health system, where he develops and implements population health strategy to serve 1.3 million mostly Medicaid and uninsured patients. He is also an Attending Primary Care Physician at Bellevue Hospital and is a member of the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine. Nick is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has worked as a staffer for Congressman Henry Waxman, policy advisor for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and as a member of the Obama Campaign Health Care Advisory Committee.

Our superlative moderator (who helped put this all together):

Prabhjot Singh is a medical doctor and an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. His work focuses on strengthening medical implementation systems and technical decision making capacity at community, district/municipal, and national levels in low-resource settings. He received his Ph.D. in Neural and Genetic Systems from Rockefeller University and an M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Singh is also the strategic advisor for City Health Works, a startup community health program in East Harlem, and was recently named one of ten "under 40 who are young leaders of the US Healthcare System" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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  • Avi K.

    It would be great if one of the doctors say that
    "I would pilot a solutions if it did so and so."

    1 · July 19, 2013

    • Simon Sikorski M.

      I agree Mike. It was also clear that there are other people in the hospitals that make decisions about pilot programs. Those are the folks harder to reach and the politics of hospitals make it even harder. If I can make a suggestion... look towards the group practices and independent practices for adoption of your technologies. You can get pilot programs going much faster. Don't always go for the BIG organizations. The time you may spend on getting one pilot going you may have hundreds of case studies you can start putting together.

      July 20, 2013

    • Sean M.

      Mike and Simon - unfortunately, there's no simple solution here. Depending on what you plan to pilot, you will have hurdles. If you plan to integrate with EHRs, you might want to reconsider your approach because these companies limit access and rarely work with 3rd party vendors. If it is a device or process, it needs to be approved by a clinical advisory group within the practice/hospital before even hitting the floors. Group practices might work, but most are affiliated with hospitals these days, and you're back to the aforementioned. My suggestion: start with small practices and work yourself to the bigger clients once you know it works and you have satisfied customers. You'll save some headache and get to pilot your product, as long as you find the right physician.

      July 20, 2013

  • Simon Sikorski M.

    I wish the doctors from Panel and the clinicians from audience would have given startups and developers actionable items to do about their startups, ideas. A demo session would have been great.

    July 19, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Sounds like a good topic for a future meetup -- I think that this meetup did a great job of staying focused on the topic of what's missing in health tech.

      1 · July 19, 2013

    • Simon Sikorski M.

      Agreed! Well done Michael

      July 19, 2013

  • Victor Levy M.

    An idea to consider in healthcare informatics...... Clinical practitioners with IT backgrounds and mathematical modeling experience, to bridge the gap themselves.

    July 18, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Wow: MD + Math MS/PhD + able to program? Sounds that person would have to spend a solid 15 years in grad school...

      July 18, 2013

    • Simon Sikorski M.

      lol, not if you have Mad Skillz... "Girls only date guys with mad skills." Napoleon Dynamite :)

      July 18, 2013

  • Michael C.

    For those who have itchy thumbs, here's a hashtag you can use tonight: #HealthDevs

    Tweet away!

    July 18, 2013

  • Simon Sikorski M.

    Working on a network of networks for Healthcare Entrepreneurs. Would love more clinicians to join.

    July 18, 2013

  • Carly

    Currently looking to recruit a Ruby on Rails / PostSQL developer who wants to lead tech at an awesome NYC start-up in the original Blueprint Health Class

    July 17, 2013

  • Joshua K.

    Hi from Boston Quantified Self,

    How do you see self-tracking health technologies being part of the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease?

    Thanks

    July 17, 2013

  • Michael C.

    If anybody has a question they'd like to have the moderator ask the panel, post it here in the comments!

    We can't guarantee that it'll get asked, but would definitely love to hear what sorts of specific topics/questions members are interested in hearing about.

    July 16, 2013

  • Avinash K.

    Looking to bater technology with marketing and pilot opportunities..

    July 11, 2013

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