An explosion of knowledge that is increasingly available through mobile devices and an array of telehealth and telemedicine technologies are linking the marvels of medicine to more patients and providers separated by geography. The February 2014 thematic issue of Health Affairs, “The Rise Of Connected Health,” examines these disruptive technologies and innovative services and their promise for improving health and access to care; potential for cost savings; rates of adoption and impact; and challenges of privacy, liability and regulatory policy.

Please join Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart on Wednesday, February 5, at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, DC, for a Health Affairs briefing at which we unveil the issue.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Barbara Jordan Conference Center
Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street NW, Washington, DC  (Metro Center)


Follow live Tweets from the briefing @HA_Events, and join in the conversation with the hashtag #HA_ConnectedHealth.

Panels will spotlight:

  • What Is Telehealth; Where And How Is It Used?
  • Privacy And Liability
  • Connected Health In Rural States
  • Practice Settings

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • David Grabowski, Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • Garth N. Graham, President, Aetna Foundation
  • Joseph Kvedar*, Founder and Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners Healthcare
  • Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist, Health Privacy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Sandra R. Hernández,  President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation
  • Curtis Lowery, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Ateev Mehrotra, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Julia-Adler Milstein, Assistant Professor, School of Information, Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Keith J. Mueller, Gerhard Hartman Professor and Head, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa
  • Shantanu Nundy, Managing Director for Program Innovations, Evolent Health
  • Robert Pearl, Executive Director and CEO, Permanente Medical Group
  • Lee H. Schwamm, Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, Director, TeleStroke & Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Shelley Stingley, Program Director, Rural Health, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • Y. Tony Yang, Associate Professor, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

The thematic issue and event are supported in part by generous grants from California HealthCare Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Intel-GE Care Innovations, and the Carlos Slim Foundation.