I took a wrong turn on Fruit Street (in front of the Massachusetts General Hospital) 15 years ago and wound up an accidental tourist in the land of connected health (then called telemedicine). Since then I’ve had enormous fun and fulfillment working with a talented group of individuals whose mission is to bring care to the patient, where the patient is, when the patient needs it and to offer the patient tools to enable her to be her own provider whenever possible. The term “connected health” reflects the range of opportunities for technology-enabled care programs and the potential for new strategies in healthcare delivery.
Partners HealthCare Connected Health works with Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. I am also active in my specialty of Dermatology both as a clinician and educator.
I enjoy questioning assumptions about healthcare delivery, particularly those that involve the assumed need for a patient and provider to meet face to face for healthcare to happen. We are on the verge of a profound change in healthcare delivery driven by the synergy between three trends: personalized medicine, connected health and payment reform.
– Joseph Kvedar, MD
Vice President, Connected Health