The new health care environment is continually moving into the hands of the individual consumer. The New Environment for Better Health Care Decisions, co-moderated by Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt, addressed the issues and benefits of the integration of consumer data with clinical experiences. Ryan Beckland from Validic introduced the session as a sponsor. Speakers included Susannah Fox, Tim Kelsey, Neal Sofian, Jamie Heywood, Amy Cueva, David Whitlinger, and Lygeia Ricciardi. Demos exemplifying this shift included Dossia, Fitbit, Mana Health, and HealthifyMe.
Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information, represented the NHS who is putting 1 billion pounds on the table in a technology fund to incentivize hospitals to make sense of digital data and revolutionize health care. Kelsey called to developers to rise to this occasion and improve the health care system through technology.
Tim Kelsey is a Cambridge-educated British journalist who co-founded Dr. Foster Intelligence, an organization which publishes comparative hospital and population health quality data, and offers analytic services to UK hospitals. Following the success of Dr. Foster Intelligence, he was offered a post at the UK Department of Health as Britain’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data. He demonstrated the new pilot, Care Connect, to increase health care customer service by organizing and responding efficiently to complaints. This pilot is the start of unleashing the power of the people.