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Learning Objectives: • Understand the benefits of remote patient monitoring in better managing chronic disease, including specific improvements to clinical outcomes and quality of care; potential cost savings and better allocation of resources; and how RPM empowers patients to self-manage their health • The applications of connected health in discharge planning and patient transitions, including the use of a tablet to reduce exacerbations of COPD and reduce readmissions • How virtual visits and remote consultations can connect patients from all over the world with medical specialists, provide access to care in rural areas, and deliver care to patients with mental health challenges • How mobile technology can improve patient engagement by capturing personal health data, providing in-the-moment messaging and take advantage of the addictive nature of ‘always on’ mobile devices Dr. Joseph Kvedar Director, Center for Connected Health Partners Healthcare Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, working to create a new model of healthcare delivery, by developing programs and innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. In his role with the Center for Connected Health, Dr. Kvedar is creating innovative programs to leverage information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and simple remote health monitoring tools – to help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Based on the technology platform developed at the Center, Healthrageous, a personalized health technology company, was launched in 2010, offering a range of health and wellness self-management programs to their clients. In addition, Dr. Kvedar also launched the first physician-to-physician online consultation service in an academic setting, which today electronically links patients from around the world and their local providers with leading specialists at Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. Dr. Kvedar is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health and the application of communications technologies to improve healthcare to patients. He is a frequent lecturer and has authored over 70 publications on the subject. Dr. Kvedar serves as a Board member for a number of organizations, including the Continua Health Alliance and the Care Continuum Alliance. He also is a Co-Founder of Healthrageous and Chair of the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Kvedar is a past President and Board member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and a Past Chair of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Task Force on Telemedicine. In 2009, Dr. Kvedar was honored by the ATA with its Individual Leadership Award, recognizing his significant contributions to connected health and telemedicine. Mass High Tech, The Journal of New England Technology named Dr. Kvedar an All-Star in the field of healthcare and he has been honored by the New England Business and Technology Association for his extraordinary leadership in the field. A division of Partners HealthCare, the Center for Connected Health works with Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. Dr. Kvedar is also a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Bio courtesy of the Center for Connected Health.