September 25, 2011

Sept. 14, 2011 with Susan Edgman-Levitan

At our final free public event of the calendar year, CCTWG members and guests were treated to a sweeping and entertaining overview of integrating and measuring patient experience considerations in care delivery by Susan Edgman-Levitan, Executive Director, John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Her presentation (.PDF) may be downloaded here: Edgman-Levitan_09-14-2011

Following Susan’s presentation on how care delivery is beginning to measure and improve the patient experience (and getting paid to do it), an hour-long Q&A ensued on designing and implementing supporting technologies.  Brief video excerpts may be found below (full access available to CCTWG members):

July 12, 2011

June 29, 2011 open house with Dr. Jason Hwang – Presentations

Dr. Jason HwangOur many thanks to keynote speaker Dr. Jason Hwang, Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute and co-author of The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, for a terrific overview of disruptive innovation gaining traction in healthcare.

A video of his complete presentation (caution: low-quality audio) is below, followed by links to other speaker presentations.



June 6, 2011

CCTWG and IBM welcome Dr. Jason Hwang, Wed. June 29

Healthcare Innovation Symposium

Funding Innovation 

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – 5:30 to 9:00 PM
  • IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman St., Waltham  MA
Join leading thinkers, physicians, and technologists for a “deep dive” into the new frontiers of healthcare — a free symposium on June 29th. Featured speaker and panelist: Dr. Jason Hwang, Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute, and co-author of The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care. 

  • Keynote talks
  • Panel discussion and Q&A
  • Updates on IBM’s “Watson” technology in healthcare 
  • Networking sessions before and after
The ground is shifting in American healthcare.  At 17% (and rising) of our GDP, even small changes are huge, and these are not small changes.

  • Disruptive, or business as usual?
  • Revolution, or evolution?
  • What’s next?  Who benefits?  What part does technology play?  Where are the opportunities?   

This event puts you directly in touch with leading thinkers, innovators, and pioneers who intimately understand the healthcare landscape and its most promising trends and technologies.

Join nationally recognized healthcare reform leader Dr. Allan Goroll and his guests for a “deep dive” into these questions during an evening that promises to be provocative, insightful, and of lasting value to anyone interested in identifying opportunities in healthcare, today and in the future.

Dr. Jason Hwang, Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute

Together with Professor Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard Business School and the late Jerome H. Grossman of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Hwang is co-author of The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (McGraw-Hill, January 2009), the American College of Healthcare Executives 2010 Book of the Year.

MODERATOR: Dr. Allan Goroll, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Goroll is one of the modern pioneers in healthcare reform and primary care, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he initiated the nation’s first residency track in primary care and led the adoption into practice of one of the nation’s first electronic medical record systems.  Dr. Goroll is lead author and editor of the first textbook on primary care internal medicine, Primary Care Medicine, now in its 6th edition, chairs the Payment Reform Task Force for the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington, DC, and is co-founder of the Collaborative Care Technology Working Group (CCTWG).

Plus panelists to discuss IBM’s “Watson” technology and its application to healthcare and the IBM Collaboratory Model:

  • Dan Cerutti, Vice President, Watson Commercialization, IBM
  • Sreeram Ramakrishnan, Manager IT Wellness Ecosystem and Researcher, IBM
  • Josko J. Silobrcic, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Associate Partner, IBM Research


When: Wednesday, June 29, 2011.  

5:30 to 6:30: Networking & hors d’oeuvres

6:30 to 7:30: Keynote presentations

7:30 to 9:00: Panel discussion and Q&A 

Where: IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman St., Waltham MA

Cost: Free

August 19, 2010

CCTWG Planning — further details

Healthcare Reform Bill

Thanks to all for the strong showing for the CCTWG conference call of August 12th.

Based on your feedback, planning for the 2010-2011 session is moving along quickly.

Following is a seminar outline prepared by lead faculty Dr. Allan Goroll reflecting the priorities you have indicated for areas of concentration.  We hope everyone will use this as a guide for thinking about what they want to get out of CCTWG in the coming year

Please keep your ideas and comments coming!


Seminar Expectations, Approach, Themes, and Challenges for the 2010-2011 Seminar Series

–   Allan H. Goroll, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

August 19, 2010

Expectations: The ultimate goal of the seminar is to stimulate development and piloting of technology solutions in support of collaborative care, focusing on the needs and challenges of transforming primary care practice.  While no specific outcome or project is being proposed from the outset, it is expected that seminar participants will use the seminar as a starting point for participating in innovation and piloting, taking advantage of the networking, high-level content, and piloting opportunities the seminar will make available.

Seminar Approach: There were 3 themes defined by the 7 or 8 topics that received votes of strong interest in last week’s organizational call.  By taking up these topics in the context of the 3 themes (see below), we will be able to spend considerable time on them and achieve the desired depth necessary for substantive discussion and idea formulation.  Each theme will be introduced with presentations of the key challenges it presents, a review of the state of the art and existing solutions, and opportunities for innovation and piloting.  Invited experts and key players will serve as visiting resource faculty.  No more that half of each seminar will be devoted to presentations, leaving at least half of time for group discussion, networking, and exploring possible innovations and collaborations.

Theme I: Information Management

  • Key information needs for collaborative care – including those of providers within and outside networks, patients, purchasers, and accrediting bodies.  Challenges will include maximizing practical, uniform data collection that is meaningful to all participants in collaborative care. Guest faculty to be drawn from the CMO, CIO communities as well as providers and patient advocates
  • Data collection for payment – Challenges include collection of reliable, standardized data on performance to support value-based payment as payment transitions from fee-for-service to payment for outcomes and best practices.  Guest faculty from payer community and payment reformers
  • Decision support – Challenges include ready access to real-time support that is validated (i.e., evidence-based), supports best practices, is regularly updated, and appropriate to providers and patients.  Guest faculty from provider and shared-decision-making communities

Theme II: Technology Challenges and Solutions

  • Technology gaps for collaborative care/the interoperability challenge – Barriers include current installed based of proprietary systems that are not interoperable; lack of uniform definitions and standards; concerns about protecting proprietary information, privacy, and confidentiality. Guest faculty to be drawn from leadership of national and regional efforts to achieve interoperability and ensure privacy and confidentiality.
  • Self- and home-monitoring – Challenges include defining what data are most meaningful to collect and how to collect them in cost-effective fashion; tying self-monitoring to care plans and achievement of desired outcomes; avoiding the collection and reporting of things that are easy to monitor but of low value; avoiding data overload. Guest faculty from labs working on monitoring solutions.

Theme III: Collaboration and Piloting

  • Examination of piloting efforts and national initiatives (e.g., Medicare’s Center for Innovation);  risks and benefits of collaborative innovation work and piloting; sharing of ideas at early stages while maintaining control of intellectual property; funding; best approaches to joining with providers and other stakeholders in piloting initiatives; how to start one’s own. Guest faculty from national and regional piloting initiatives and perhaps CMI.

July 6, 2010

Thanks to all for a great Inaugural Open House!

CCTWG Open House presentationCCTWG launched activities at its first public event ever on Wednesday, June 30th.

With 100+ registrants, and the warm hospitality of the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham, MA, our inaugural event was an example of the talent, experience, and commitment that makes the greater Boston area a unique national resource for healthcare delivery and technology innovation.

Entrepreneurs, academics, engineers, and a variety of healthcare professionals filled the room for in-depth presentations and lively discussion led by CCTWG co-founder and lead faculty Dr. Allan Goroll of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Goroll provided attendees with an advance look at what CCTWG will do in the coming year, and a thorough review of both the details and the thinking behind healthcare reform legislation.

A key theme for the evening: new provisions (rarely covered in the popular or professional press) provide billions of dollars in coming years for a broad social mandate to make collaborative care a reality — improved primary care, patient-centered medical homes, and care coordination across all caregivers.

Please feel free to share these links to the presentations and background materials with your colleagues:

Also, you will find a video excerpt of Dr. Goroll’s presentation on our About Page.

Response has been swift and enthusiastic from prospective CCTWG members in attendance, making it clear that this is the right place and the right time for transformative healthcare technology innovation and CCTWG!

Special thanks go out to our host Joe Perry, regional director of the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham, who has welcomed CCTWG for the coming year and helped inspire us to get going, and to Patrick Boyle, Director – IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences, for being a great ambassador of goodwill and an example of what CCTWG is all about.

Please contact us if you would like further information or to apply to become a member of CCTWG. We also welcome your feedback and input via our survey – your opinions and ideas are important to us.

June 28, 2010

CCTWG makes its debut

We are pleased to announce our Inaugural Open House for the evening of Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

For details, go here.