This session will explore the role of telemedicine in tomorrow's healthcare. Specifically, the presenters will discuss the interdependent functions of telemedicine and how information is gathered (via telemedicine, wearables, applications), how information is evaluated (data analytics), and how this information informs care delivery and new value based payment models of the future -- with the ultimate goal of decreased cost and improved care.
Chair, Health Care Innovation
Sidney Welch works with clients to best position them in the explosion of heath care change. Focusing on operational, transactional, regulatory, administrative, and litigation matters nationally, Sidney works with clients to structure transactions and respond to compliance issues associated with federal and state health care laws and regulations. She is known for her work with specialty physician practices and health care technology companies across the country, and provides strategic counsel to clients regarding innovations in health care, including:
•Alternative payment models
•Collaborative delivery efforts
•Mobile and eHealth initiatives
•Health care technology
Saturday, April 22
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Senior Manager, Digital Health
Boston Children's Hospital
Heather Meyers is the Senior Program Manager of Digital Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she brings extensive Digital Health experience and knowledge to the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) team. She oversees the development of the operational infrastructure for the digital health initiatives at Boston Children’s by working within the application systems from scheduling, the medical record and billing to automate workflows and touch points to improve efficiencies and enhance consistency in care delivery to patients nationally and internationally. She is also responsible for aligning the billing models, reimbursement policies and compliance standards into the various digital health models for integrated optimization while adhering to the legal and regulatory guidelines. Heather leads the marketing and education efforts for digital health to ensure patients and providers receive the expected, high quality experience through new models of digital care offered locally and globally.
Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Heather was the Telemedicine Project Manager at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was able to fully develop and operationalize a Telehealth Department that included hospital-to-hospital, remote virtual clinics and direct-to-consumer programs. Heather began her healthcare career at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA in the Telehealth Program where she gained her foundational knowledge of the Telehealth industry and helped scale out the Telemedicine programs extended from the UPMC Enterprise.
Heather earned her MBA from Seton Hill University with a specialization in management and her BS from University of Pittsburgh.
Executive Director- Telehealth, UPMC and Senior Director- Affiliated Physician Services, Health Services Division
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Natasa Sokolovich is currently Executive Director, Telehealth and Senior Director, Affiliated Physician Services, UPMC. The UPMC Health System, located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is a $12 billion global health and integrated clinical delivery system with over 60,000 employees, 23 hospitals and over 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites. UPMC also maintains its own health insurance services division with over 3 million members.
As Executive Director, Telehealth, Natasa is responsible for the strategic growth of UPMC’s Telehealth program. As a leading integrated delivery & finance system UPMC is committed to implementing innovations in technology to develop new models of care as we shift from volume to a value. Over the past several years, the UPMC Telehealth program has experienced significant growth, with the expansion of multiple clinical use cases, including over 35 specialty services, direct to consumer and remote monitoring services.
Prior to joining UPMC Health System, Natasa held various leadership and management positions in Pricing, Contracting, and Sales & Marketing in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries. Her professional experience includes working for Johnson & Johnson, Roche Laboratories and Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Natasa’s extensive professional experience includes operations, management, sales & marketing, as well as contracting and legal analysis. Prior to transitioning to UPMC, Natasa assisted with the successful transition of Enzon Pharmaceuticals’ business to new ownership under Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals.
Natasa’s education includes a dual major, Bachelor of Science, Magna cum Laude degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Business and Psychology, as well as a Masters in Healthcare Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. Natasa maintains a license to practice Law in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Telemedicine Association. Born in Slovenia, Natasa is fluent in Serbo-Croatian.
Sunday, April 23
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM