Richard Snyder, M.D., to speak on medical homes

October 31, 2013

A national expert on transforming health care, Richard Snyder, M.D., the chief medical officer for Independence Blue Cross, will speak at the 2014 Dialogue for Action: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening on “Patient-Centered Medical Homes: Hard Evidence for Improved Quality and Reduced Costs.”

As a board-certified physician who trained in family medicine at The Medical College of Pennsylvania and who now provides leadership in medical management, quality management, and all clinical policies and programs for a major health insurer, Dr. Snyder is a great addition to the Dialogue. He excels at reaching diverse audiences of business and health leaders with evidence-based approaches that increase quality and reduce costs of health care. He is active with quality initiatives of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

At time of Dr. Snyder’s promotion to chief medical officer, the president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross said this:

“Rich has become well known for his collaborative work with the physician and hospital community to improve health and wellness for our members and the communities we serve — the cornerstone of our mission. Locally, his leadership was instrumental in creating the pilot in southeastern Pennsylvania of the patient centered medical home, which is intended to revolutionize care delivery in primary care practices. Nationally, he’s been involved in initiatives to both improve quality in specific clinical areas such as heart disease and to improve patient safety overall. Clearly, Rich helps us fulfill our mission with his deep clinical knowledge, his managed health care expertise, and compassionate, team-building leadership.”

The Dialogue for Action: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening will be held on March 20 – 21, 2014 (with March 19 a pre-conference day) at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Don’t miss it!

Photo of Richard Snyder, M.D. courtesy of Region’s Business: A Journal of Business & Politics Philadelphia Edition.

Peter L. Levin, Ph.D. to be keynote speaker

October 9, 2013

We are excited to announce that Peter L. Levin, Ph.D., who describes himself as an American entrepreneur, professor and public servant, will be our 2014 Dialogue keynote speaker! Dr. Levin’s talk will focus on technology and health care.

In 2009, Dr. Levin was tapped to be the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Among Dr. Levin’s many accomplishments as CTO of the VA was the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent, the Blue Button and Open Government.

An engaging, humorous and accessible speaker, Dr. Levin will chart the evolution of electronic medical records from closed proprietary systems to the open source models like the Blue Button and how this advancement in medical information sharing will soon be available to all Americans in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The genius of Peter Levin is that he brings what could be seen as rather dry and technical information to life with humorous anecdotes and lively conversation, providing real world examples of how implementation of Open Source Electronic Health at the VA has significantly improved the lives of thousands of U.S. servicemen and women and empowered them to effectively interact with their health care providers.

We will share more information about Dr. Levin’s accomplishments and expertise as we move closer to the Dialogue for Action: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening on March 20-21, 2014 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

Photo of Peter L. Levin, Ph.D. courtsey of Carnegie Mellon University.