October 20-21 Boston, MA

Message from Joseph Kvedar, MD

Don’t Miss New Opportunities to Take the Stage at the Connected Health Symposium

We are just over six months out from kicking off our 13th annual Connected Health Symposium and we have a dynamic and stimulating agenda already in place. This year, more than ever, we are focusing on the innovation in healthcare, which is fueled, in large part, by startup companies, entrepreneurs and leading-edge clinicians.

I am always interested in supporting young companies and true innovation, recognizing the vital role they play in the future of care delivery. At our 2016 Connected Health Symposium, these entrepreneurs will have a platform on which to showcase their work:

  • For the 6th straight year, we will be hosting the Innovator's Challenge, the most popular and highest attended session at the Symposium. Selected companies will be invited to demo their technology at the Symposium. Each presenting company will deliver a four and a half minute presentation, including onstage comments and any set-up. Our Call for Submissions will be announced soon, and we encourage applications for products and technologies that are relevant to this Symposium's theme, Digital Technology that Cares: Bringing the Human Element to Life.
  • For the second year, we will hold a poster session in collaboration with the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). We are now also accepting submissions for the JMIR Poster Session. Posters will be on display throughout the Symposium with special designated times for poster viewing. Topics for poster presentations should be relevant to the Symposium theme, including mHealth; mobile and tablet apps; wearable sensors; aging in place, rehabilitation and assistive technologies; gaming and gamification; mental health technologies; adoption and engagement; behavior change strategies; human factor, user experience design and usability; medication adherence; data analytics; informatics and decision support; PHR, EMR integration and patient portals; health literacy, education, empowerment; social media; and public health. We are accepting submissions now, and the deadline to submit is June 5, 2016. Posters presented at the Symposium will also be eligible for publication at a reduced rate in JMIR (or sister journal), and published online. Click here for more information.
  • Connected Health'16 Pitch Off will take place again this year, and focus on technologies related to cognitive functioning in the context of aging. All clinicians or clinicians-in-training are encouraged to submit their ideas. Technologies can be applied in any setting, from the clinic to the classroom to a patient's home. The winning ideas will display the most innovative use of technology to solve a healthcare problem, improve patient outcomes, streamline clinician workflow or reduce cost. More information about this event will be announced soon. 
  • We are again featuring the Startup Pavilion on our exhibit floor, offering early-stage companies the opportunity to showcase their technology, products or design ideas to a diverse and high powered audience that includes decision makers from health systems and payor organizations, as well as healthcare providers, researchers, VCs and incubators. Contact DeAnna Grosbaum for more details.

We hope you'll join the best and the brightest -- innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders -- who are helping to create digital technologies that care at the 2016 Partners Connected Health Symposium! 

Joseph Kvedar, MD
Vice President, Connected Health
Partners HealthCare