Panasonic Innovation HealthJam Virtual Conference: CTA, CITRIS and UCD Host Forums on Technology and Older Adults and Telehealth


The Panasonic Innovation HealthJam, a national 3-day virtual collaborative brainstorming conference on emerging industry issues across 8 important healthcare-related topic areas, provided an innovative mechanism for advancing technology-enabled solutions for health care. From June 17th to June 19th 2014, the HealthJam featured 400 topics or threads, with 3,000 comments from speakers and participants. Videos featuring Forum speakers and hosts are available on the HealthJam YouTube Channel. The eight discussion forums organized by different event sponsors and hosts include:

  • Patient Engagement and Healthcare Design for Consumers – sponsored by Panasonic
  • Technology and Older Adults: The New Era of Connected Aging - sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and Center for Technology and Aging (CTA)
  • A Mobile Health Agenda for Transforming Healthcare Delivery - sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA)
  • Compute for Personalized Medicine: Finding the Cause and Cure through Genomics – sponsored by Intel
  • Telehealth and Telemedicine: Emerging Opportunities in Addressing the Triple Aim – sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology
  • Your Physician of the Future – sponsored by American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Health Innovation for Vulnerable Populations – Worldwide - sponsored by University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) - hosted by the Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare

CITRIS and the Center for Technology and Aging sponsored the "Technology and Older Adults" forum, which addressed the advances in wearable, environmental, remote, social networking, and caregiver support technologies. Similarly, UC Davis sponsored the “Telehealth” forum, addressing new strategies and policies for advancing telehealth solutions nationwide. Hosts David Lindeman and James Marcin, respectively, along with distinguished speakers and participants, identified opportunities and challenges for technology-enabled solutions in these rapidly growing areas of health care. Topics discussed how technology-enabled care aligns with the Affordable Care Act; how to better use technology to help older adults with complex chronic conditions; how to engage older adults, caregivers and clinicians in using connected health data and analytics to inform care management and promote behavior change; and how to incorporate needs of older adults and optimize design in connected health products. Central to these discussions has been a sense of possibility and opportunity, yet it appears based on everyone's input that we are still in the formative stages of applying technology-enabled solutions to the well-being of elders. As the population continues to age, health reform advances, and connected devices and patient engagement grows, we are at a pivotal point to collectively address these challenges to increasingly support older adults age in place, improve their quality of life, and contribute to better health and well-being.

Panasonic Innovation HealthJam will release a report analyzing HealthJam forum discussions and key takeaways. In the meantime, the HealthJam forums will remain up until July 31st. If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate in the live event, you can still register to read all the content. Please feel free to browse the forum “threads” to track the thousands of comments by speakers and participants.

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