By Robin Strongin. Three years ago, in September 2008, Disruptive Women in Health Care launched with an exciting program at the National Press Club (take a look at our media page to see what we had to say at the time.)
I know, I know it’s October…but hey, we are disruptive so celebrating on the exact day seems so well, ordinary. And the past three years have been anything but ordinary. We all had something to say about the new health reform debate and ultimate passage. We still have much to say about the new law, as well as a multitude of other topics.
One area that I have been thinking a lot about is the exploding area of mhealth (mobile health), remote monitoring, and telehealth. Technology alone is not the answer of course. But technology, coupled with innovative care delivery models (think health reform), and patients, caregivers and clinicians more comfortable with smartphones, apps, data sharing and online connectivity have all contributed to a new framework of health and wellness. Aging in Place, staying connected, eICUs, PHRs and EHRs. Exciting stuff.
But, like most solutions in health care, success must look beyond the health sector. Here’s what I mean by that: staying healthy can’t just take place in a health setting or even in your home. Maintaining your health and wellness or managing your chronic disease or disability requires a connection where ever you are — in other words, Health In Place. Young people with epilepsy and diabetes still attend school, go on vacation and use public transportation. Elderly individuals aging in place still travel to visit gradnchildren. And, adults maintaining exercise and nutrition regimens who travel for work need to stay connected to maintain wellness. The Health In Place concept takes this broad view and will be bringing together thought leaders from not only the health field, but the telecom, travel, automobile and real estate sectors as well.
The organizers of the 2011 mHealth Summit were so taken with this idea that they invited Disruptive Women to launch the Health In Place or HIP initiative with a reception on December 6th–we couldn’t be more thrilled or more flattered. So SAVE THE DATE:
Health In Place (HIP)™ — Disruptive Women in Health Care is Launching a New Initiative
Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 5:00–7:00 PM
Location: Pose Ultra Lounge & Nightclub–at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor (Washington DC)
Overview: The concept of Health In Place™ is built around the idea that our homes are more than just homes, our offices are more than just workplaces, our schools are more than just places of learning, and even our cars are more than just modes of transportation. Thanks to wireless communications and emerging technologies, each of these venues has become potential health and wellness centers or HIP. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, we can be protecting and enhancing our well-being. For this facet of 21st century health care to achieve its full potential — for more Americans to have the tools to link to their caregivers, to protect against and manage illness, while monitoring their well-being — a number of public policy issues are involved, cutting across multiple disciplines from health care regulations and benefit structures to tax policy to technology incentives. That’s why Amplify Public Affairs and the Disruptive Women in Health Care® blog (along with our media partenr, The Hill) have formed the Health In Place™ Initiative — to bring together policymakers and change agents from multiple industries.
Please join us as we unveil this new initiative.
- Robin Strongin, President & CEO, Amplify Public Affairs & Creator, Disruptive Women in Health Care — Moderator
- John Marttila, President, Marttila Strategies (a national polling expert)
- John C. (Jack) Lewin, MD, Chief Executive Officer, American College of Cardiology
- Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Professor, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Editor-in-Chief, American Nurse Today, 2010-11 Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar-In-Residence (and a Disruptive Woman blogger)
- Halle Tecco, Founder & Managing Director of Rock Health (and a Disruptive Woman blogger)
Stay tuned for more information. And by all means, please come out on December 6th and celebrate with us.
At three years of age, we are not only Disruptive, we are also HIP.