• Health 2.0 Feb. 22 Event - Healthcare Boards Awaken the Force - RSVP by 2/17

    QI2T Center, 26th Floor, Centre City Tower

    We are pleased to invite you to a special PRHI and Health 2.0 event to imagine healthcare boards as a prime competitive asset in an era of technology breakthroughs. Please click on this link for your invitation to: “Healthcare Boards Awaken the FORCE.” (https://brorlandi.github.io/StarWarsIntroCreator/#!/AKcjHg86rdVrd44Z5LFf) A visit to the Consumer Electronics Show and participation in the Digital Health Track raised this question: are healthcare boards prepared to govern in an era of technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, and home monitoring, diagnostics, and treatment devices—all of which will fundamentally change where, how, and by whom services are delivered? Enter the healthcare world of the future. We'll share a glimpse into the future of health care at home, new roles for providers, and a transformed hospital of tomorrow—made possible by technology, new forms of payment, and revolutionary building design. And you will witness a playful live performance of "the board or committee meeting that won't produce strike force results!" (with live actors!) You may buy it or reject it; but you will be challenged to imagine the health system board as a key strategic team to awaken the Force for Positive Change and Superior Leadership. To RSVP, please contact Ben Johnston, Administrative Coordinator, at [masked] or (412)[masked] by Friday, February 17. Meeting Date and Time Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location The QI2T Center Centre City Tower, Suite[masked] Smithfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Sincerely, Karen Wolk Feinstein President and Chief Executive Officer Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative

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  • Health 2.0 12/8 5-8pm – Opioid Epidemic – RSVP by 12/1

    QI2T Center, 26th Floor, Centre City Tower

    We are pleased to invite you to a timely and important Health 2.0 Pittsburgh event, “The Opioid Overdose Epidemic and Technology Solutions.” Meeting Date and Time Thursday, December 8, 2016 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location QI2T Center Centre City Tower, Suite 2600 650 Smithfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 The goal of this Health 2.0 Pittsburgh event is to share ideas among all participants about the frontier of technology in response to the opioid overdose epidemic in our community. Opiate-related overdoses have tripled since 2000, and in Pennsylvania, we experienced the third highest number of opioid deaths in the country in 2014 (2,732 deaths). Western Pennsylvania had six of the ten counties with the highest drug-related deaths rates in Pennsylvania. In Allegheny County between 2008 and 2014, 1,355 residents died from an opiate-related overdose. These deaths increased from 168 in 2008 to 241 in 2014, and the rates continue to climb. Stakeholders are developing and implementing action plans to respond to the issue, including the distribution of naloxone, the Centers of Excellence Health Homes for opioid-related substance use disorders, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and medication-assisted treatment. (For additional information, please see the Allegheny County report (http://www.achd.net/overdoseprevention/Opiate-Related_Overdose_Deaths_in_Allegheny_County.pdf) and the Institute of Politics report (http://www.iop.pitt.edu/OpioidCollaborative/IOPOpioidReport2016.pdf).) Following a networking session at the QI2T Center, Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, will frame the opioid overdose epidemic in Allegheny County. We will then hear how Pittsburgh-based Jarus Health Technologies and Denver-based myStrength are designing mobile applications to help families, patients, and providers stem the rising opiate-related overdoses. Venkat Narayanan, CEO of Jarus Health Technologies, LLC, will demonstrate a prototype smart phone app that helps link people who are overdosing to naloxone. Venkat will also present Jarus Health Technologies’ ideas for apps to connect people to substance abuse treatment and harm-reduction strategies. Chuck Tepper, VP of Public Partnerships for myStrength, a behavioral health technology company, will present resources for chronic pain and opioid management, complementing their existing applications for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder. MyStrength’s interactive web and mobile applications are designed to scale mental health resources by delivering online evidence-based self-help tools, extending treatment, and empowering people with resources offered through a HIPAA-compliant platform. After the demos, Jan Pringle, PhD, Director of the Program Evaluation and Resource Unit at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will summarize the major game changers and pose thought-provoking questions to engage us all in a lively exchange of ideas with the following panelists who provide perspectives from the County, providers, and families. Marc Cherna, Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Stuart Fisk, CRNP, MSN, Director of the Center for Inclusion Health, Allegheny Health Network Charlene Tissenbaum, consumer advocate We hope you will be able to attend this event, and network with a diverse mix of technology developers, entrepreneurs, funders, healthcare providers, administrators, public health leaders, students, and theme-specific stakeholders. Please RSVP by Thursday, December 1st by contacting Ben Johnston at [masked] or[masked]. Space is limited, and we will be accepting RSVPs on a first come, first serve basis. If your plans change after RSVP’ing, please let us know, so we may accommodate others. Sincerely, Robert Ferguson Director of Government Grants and Policy About Health 2.0 Pittsburgh Health 2.0 Pittsburgh connects disruptive technology solutions to contemporary, important community health issues through local forums organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. During the events, topic experts and a mix of students, funders, technology developers, and entrepreneurs network, frame and explore the issue, and showcase technology solutions that match the issue.

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  • HIT Solutions for Coordinating Services across Organizations - RSVP by 4/12

    QI2T Center, 26th Floor, Centre City Tower

    We are pleased to invite you to a timely Health 2.0 Pittsburgh event, “HIT Solutions for Coordinating Referrals and Services across Organizations.” Meeting Date and Time Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location QI2T Center Centre City Tower, Suite 2600 650 Smithfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 This Health 2.0 Pittsburgh event is timely as CMS encourages primary care, social service, and behavioral health organizations to coordinate referrals and services across providers, and when our community is preparing for the implementation of managed long-term services and supports (Community HealthChoices). At the same time, many community health workers, outreach workers, navigators, and care managers in patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations seek to make referrals and provide navigation support seamlessly beyond the walls of medical buildings. As a result, we are pleased to announce that this Health 2.0 event will feature nationally-recognized technology solutions to help coordinate services across settings of care: Healthify, GSIHealthCoordinator, and BluePrintHIT. Following a networking session with drinks and a light dinner at the QI2T Center, Melonie Behan, Lynne Nelson, and Bob Bontempo from GSI Health, Mike Squires from BluePrint Healthcare IT, and Eric Conner from Healthify will demo their HIT systems. You will see how: · GSIHealthCoordinator integrates medical, social, and behavioral information across the community, navigates care across different entities, delivers holistic care via an individualized care plan, and supports population health through risk stratification and predictive analytics; · BluePrintHIT Care Navigator™ coordinates care and tasks across the entire care team—both within and outside the organization; and · Healthify recommends services based on assessments, makes referrals from healthcare providers to community-based social service agencies, verifies completed referrals, and tracks community needs. After the demos, Bruce Block, MD, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative’s Chief Learning and Informatics Officer, will summarize the major game changers and pose thought-provoking questions to engage us in a lively exchange of ideas with Melonie, Mike, and Eric. We will close with another opportunity to network. We hope you will be able to attend this event, and network with a diverse mix of technology developers, entrepreneurs, funders, healthcare providers, administrators, public health leaders, students, and theme-specific stakeholders. The intent is to share ideas among all participants about the frontier of technology in the service of health integration. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 12th by contacting Ben Johnston at [masked] or[masked]. Space is limited, and we will be accepting RSVPs on a first come, first serve basis. If your plans change after RSVP’ing, please let us know, so we may accommodate others. Sincerely, Robert Ferguson Director of Government Grants and Policy About Health 2.0 Pittsburgh Health 2.0 Pittsburgh connects disruptive technology solutions to contemporary, important community health issues through local forums organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. During the events, topic experts and a mix of students, funders, technology developers, and entrepreneurs network, frame and explore the issue, and showcase technology solutions that match the issue. About the Health Innovators GSI Health is an award-winning provider of care management IT solutions supporting value-based programs. GSI Health’s flagship offering, GSIHealthCoordinator, is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that combines care coordination and community-based care delivery with a reporting and analytic engine for extracting insights and continually synthesizing improvements in care. GSI Health provides a broad array of capabilities. They are an early leader in Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) solutions for performing provider systems, including implementations in two of the largest performing provider systems in the state of New York. GSI Health is extending its leadership into the emerging children’s health home market. http://www.gsihealth.com/company-overview Care Navigator™ is a web- and mobile-based Patient Relationship Management platform. It provides real-time, team-based care navigation, coordination, and communication from within and beyond the walls of healthcare organizations. It is built on a workflow-driven foundation connected to secure, encrypted mobile apps for all three major operating systems through a HIPAA-compliant cloud-based architecture. Its mobile platform can also be "untethered" and connected to existing clinical care management systems through web-services. http://www.blueprinthit.com/care-navigator Healthify is a software tool for care managers, community health workers, and social workers to coordinate referrals with community-based organizations. It includes a Community Resource Platform that allows users to search, filter, and refer to community organizations, social services, and government benefits. The Healthify Referral Tracking Platform allows care teams to refer patients in need of social services to community organizations, and users can verify completed referrals by communicating directly with community services. Healthify's Assessment Platform can automatically recommend services to address patient needs identified in assessment tools, and the Healthify Analytics Platform allows users to see trends in community needs. https://www.healthify.us/healthify-application

  • Health 2.0 on Health and the Environment on 11/17 at Phipps - RSVP by 11/10

    Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes

    We are pleased to invite you to a Health 2.0 Pittsburgh Event, “The Interconnection of Health and the Environment,” on: Meeting Date and Time Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes One Schenley Park Pittsburgh, PA[masked] This lively Health 2.0 Pittsburgh session builds on a national dialogue about the connection between health and the environment and creates an opportunity to visit Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes—one of the greenest buildings on Earth. Following a networking session with drinks and a light dinner and docent-led tours, Emily Kalnicky, PhD, Phipps’ director of science education and research, and Mary Kathryn Poole, Phipps’ program director for Let’s Move Pittsburgh, will welcome us to the Center, highlighting how Phipps’ buildings, operations, programs, and Apps foster the connections between people, plants, health, the planet, and beauty. Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, the executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment, will then frame the key messages that you will hear throughout the evening. To stimulate an exchange of ideas with the audience, Michelle will also pose thought-provoking questions. Four local innovators—Anthony Joy from Cleveland Metroparks, Davit Davitian from SolePower, Kristen Kurland from CMU, and Stephen Quick from CMU’s Remaking Cities Institute—will then demo their technology applications that match the theme during 10-minute pitches and questions and answers. You will see examples of Apps, energy-saving technologies, GIS spatial analyses, and 3D computer simulations. (Please see below for more information about the speakers.) Michelle will then summarize the major game changers and pose another series of thought-provoking questions to continue the lively exchange of ideas. We will close with another opportunity to network and tour Phipps. We hope you will be able to attend this interactive event and network with a diverse mix of students, technology developers, entrepreneurs, funders, healthcare providers, public health leaders, and theme-specific stakeholders. To provide an accurate head count for our host, please RSVP by Tuesday, November 10th by contacting Ben Johnston at [masked] or[masked]. If your plans change, please let us know. Sincerely, Robert Ferguson Director of Government Grants and Policy Jewish Healthcare Foundation About Health 2.0 Pittsburgh Health 2.0 Pittsburgh connects disruptive technology solutions to contemporary, important community health issues through local forums organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. During the events, topic experts and a mix of students, funders, technology developers, and entrepreneurs network, frame and explore the issue, and showcase technology solutions that match the issue. About our Host For more than 120 years, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has showcased nature’s wonders. Today, their history of excellence provides a platform for exploring the intersection of the built and natural worlds and how it relates to both human and environmental wellness. Phipps approaches this work by showing that people, plants, health, the planet, and beauty are all interconnected. These connections can be seen in all of their buildings, operations, and programs. About our Topic Experts and Health Innovators Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis (http://www.womenforahealthyenvironment.org/who-we-are/staff.html) is the executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). She leads WHE’s strategic activities, focusing on prevention of human health problems linked to environmental risk factors. Michelle also serves on several boards and coalitions, including the PA Green and Healthy Schools Partnership, Health and Wellness Task Force. Previously, she served as the director of land protection at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Anthony M. Joy (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/anthony-joy/1/258/668), MBA is the chief information officer for Cleveland Metroparks, where he manages all of the technology services and needs. During the Health 2.0 Event, he will demo their Parks App and iNature educational guide, which help to connect people to nature. Davit Davitian (http://solepowertech.com/team/) is the business development lead at SolePower. The Pittsburgh-based SolePower group created a power-generating insole that allows outdoor enthusiasts, the military, people in developing regions, and everyday users of consumer electronics to charge their mobile devices simply by walking. Kristen S. Kurland (http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/faculty-details/index.aspx?faculty_id=54) is a teaching professor of architecture, information systems, and public policy at CMU’s Heinz College and School of Architecture. Professor Kurland will present how her work crosses the boundaries of health and the built environment. She uses the technology of GIS spatial analyses to assess the connections between health, park proximity, green spaces, and urban design. Stephen Quick (http://www.cmu.edu/rci/people/steve-quick.html), FAIA, LEED AP is an architect, adjunct professor of architecture at CMU, and research associate for CMU’s Remaking Cities Institute. Stephen will demo 3D models of Pittsburgh that are used to simulate and query what would happen to health and other impacts if certain features of the urban environment are changed. Within the space of technology, health, and the environment, Stephen has also worked on healthy living projects with Allegheny County Medical Society, GIS mapping, and walkable cities.

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  • Behavioral Health and Disruptive Technology Innovations

    Location visible to members

    Health 2.0 Pittsburgh: We are pleased to invite you to a Health 2.0 Pittsburgh Event, “Behavioral Health and Disruptive Technology Innovations,” on: Meeting Date and Time Thursday, October 1, 2015 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location Contemporary Craft 2100 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 This Health 2.0 Pittsburgh session on behavioral health takes advantage of an exciting opportunity to visit Contemporary Craft’s exhibit, “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art,” in the Strip District—a reflection of how Health 2.0 Pittsburgh is focusing on contemporary, important issues in the community. The exhibit breaks down stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft (http://www.exploremindfulart.com (http://www.exploremindfulart.com/)). Following a networking session in the exhibit with drinks and a light dinner, we will be welcomed by Janet McCall, the executive director of Contemporary Craft. Joni Schwager, executive director of the Staunton Farm Foundation, will then provide framing remarks about behavioral health before Brandi Phillips, CEO of Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc., presents the behavioral health needs in Allegheny County. Three local innovators—Drs. Rollman, Suffoletto, and Radovic—will demo their technology solutions in the behavioral health space. These innovations include internet support groups, computerized cognitive behavioral therapy programs, text message systems, and moderated social media sites. Please see below for more information. We will then facilitate a discussion with the presenters and audience about the behavioral health needs, technology products, and next steps. At the close of the event, a sign-up sheet will be distributed for those who want to continue exploring the issue and next steps. To provide an accurate head count for our host, please RSVP to [masked] by Tuesday, September 15th. If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please let us know. Sincerely, Robert Ferguson Director of Government Grants and Policy Jewish Healthcare Foundation About Health 2.0 Pittsburgh In response to significant, important healthcare problems, Health 2.0 Pittsburgh connects disruptive technology solutions to community health problems through local forums organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF). During the Health 2.0 Pittsburgh events, topic experts and a core group of stakeholders, students, funders, and technology entrepreneurs network, frame and explore the problem, demo technology solutions that address the problem, and identify next steps that are pursued in-between the Health 2.0 events. About our Host The Society for Contemporary Craft’s (SCC) mission is to engage the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft. Presenting contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft offers cutting edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as a range of classes, community outreach programs and a fantastic retail store. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art September 18, 2015 through March 12, 2016 Someone you know lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art—SCC’s latest socially engaged art experience—breaks down stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft. About our Topic Expert Presenters The Staunton Farm Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people who live with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The Foundation works to enhance behavioral health treatment and support by advancing best practices through grant making to non-profit organizations in ten southwestern Pennsylvania counties. Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. (AHCI) is a non-profit that provides contractual oversight of the behavioral health Medicaid managed care program in Allegheny County and technical assistance to behavioral health providers on information technology, data analysis, performance measurement, and quality improvement. About our Health Innovators Ana Radovic, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, will feature the SOVA project, which aims to connect young people to each other, and parents to each other, in separate social media sites. SOVA allows them to learn about depression and anxiety and treatment from each other and a therapist moderator in a safe space. Bruce Rollman, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Biomedical Informatics and Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, will showcase his NIMH-funded Internet support group for treating mood and anxiety disorders in primary care and the Beating the Blues computerized cognitive behavioral therapy program. Brian Suffoletto, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, will demo his text message system for young adults to reduce binge drinking.

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  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation QI2T Health Innovators Fellowship Pitch Competition

    Join us for the third annual QI2T Health Innovators Fellowship Pitch Competition. This event is the culmination of 12 weeks of work by fellows with guidance from accomplished clinical and business mentors. The multidisciplinary teams have designed and developed apps that engage patients in their own health and health care. Six teams will pitch their products to a renowned panel of judges featuring investors, entrepreneurs, physicians, and patient advocates for the opportunity to win a $5,000 prize. The QI2T Health Innovators Fellowship program is dedicated to fostering a new generation of health entrepreneurs and tech-savvy professionals who will take us to the frontier where health Quality Improvement meets Information Technology. Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Time: The program begins promptly at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm. RSVP by Friday, April 3, 2015. Space is limited so please signup only if you WILL ATTEND. Only those who RSVP with first name and last name will be added to the attendee list. The event is held in a secure building and ID is required to enter. Thank you.

  • Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Keynote Laudan Aron, The Urban Institute

    QI2T Center, 26th Floor, Centre City Tower

    Laudy Aron is a senior fellow from The Urban Institute and director of the seminal Institute of Medicine/National Research Council report, U.S. Health in International Perspective: (http://jhf.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=584c0b52ae777396c41490bee&id=95a8345208&e=85ae1f2e55)Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (http://jhf.us8.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=584c0b52ae777396c41490bee&id=6996e5931f&e=85ae1f2e55). The report documents the dismal state of the U.S. population health compared to our peer countries. Although our healthcare system is the costliest in the world, we live shorter lives and experience more injuries, disability, and illness, and this discrepancy has been growing. We are now decades behind our peers in life expectancy, and we are losing ground on multiple measures of health and socioeconomic well-being. Ms. Aron’s presentation will highlight the report's troubling information about our public's health based on a number of critical indicators. She will also cover the report’s recommendations—including actions related to socioeconomic, behavioral, and environmental factors, as well as healthcare system failures. In addition, you will hear from local innovators about IT solutions to these critical health issues. Innovators will present apps in areas such as extending life expectancy, preventing infant mortality and low birth weight, injury and homicide, teen pregnancy, HIV and chronic diseases. During Q&A, we will discuss with Ms. Aron what other useful apps could be or have been invented as well to improve our population health. REGISTRATION: In order to register for this event, please submit your first and last name in your profile. The event takes place in a secure building and ID is required for entry. Only those registered with first and last name will be on the security list. This event is co-sponsored by Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, and Pittsburgh Technology Council. Agenda 6:00 - 6:30 pm Registration, Dinner, Networking 6:30 - 7:15 pm Keynote and Q&A 7:15 - 7:45 pm Demos and Wrap-up 7:45 - 8:30 pm Networking

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  • Aging Technology: Don't Miss the Boat

    CMU Campus - Gates Hillman Center - Room 6115

    This meeting focuses on technology solutions for aging and health improvement. PLEASE NOTE MEETING LOCATION AT CMU GATES HILLMAN CENTER ROOM 6115. Older adults (over age 65) accounted for 13% of the US population and 16.8% of the population of Allegheny County in 2010. With the baby boomer generation hitting age 65, the ranks of older adults is estimated to increase nationally to one in five by 2030. Allegheny County will have a higher percentage of older adults in the coming fifteen years. Technology innovation geared toward successful aging is key to making life easier for older adults. Our region is uniquely qualified to address this issue with university expertise and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Jim Osborn, Executive Director, Quality of Life Technology Center, will moderate a discussion on the current state of aging and perspectives on the technology opportunities with: • Mildred Morrison, Administrator for Area Agency on Aging, Allegheny County Department of Human Services • Raymond Washburn, President & CEO, Vincentian Collaborative System • Pete Wendel, User Experience Manager, Walgreens • Nancy Zionts, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer, Jewish Healthcare Foundation Learn about efforts of entrepreneurs who are addressing “successful aging” through technologies including Courtney Williamson, Founder of AbiliLife, RistCall, Navity and researchers at the CMU/Pitt Quality of Life Technology Center. Thanks to Jim "Oz" Osborn and the Quality of Life Technology Center, CMU (http://www.cmu.edu/qolt/) for co-sponsoing this event. Dropbox - Info on Aging and Technology (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yyjpa95hux087cn/AABDgoW_IUgTIO5MhJmWTFhIa?dl=0) Report: The State of Aging in Allegheny County (http://pittsburghtoday.org/specialreports/aging_overview.pdf) Parking Options (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5268619/Parking%20Gates%20Hillman%20Center%20CMU.docx) and Campus Map (http://www.cmu.edu/homeimages/campus-map/CMU_MapColor_8x11.pdf). Gates Hillman Center is 9A and 9B on the map. Agenda 6:00 – 6:30 pm Registration, Dinner, Networking 6:30 – 7:15 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A 7:15 – 8:00 pm Informational Demos and Q&A 8:00 - 8:30 pm Networking

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