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星期二, 11月 22, 2016

麻州政府成立數位醫療保健理事會

(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)麻州州長辦公室今(11月22)日宣佈成立由33人組成的”數位醫療保健理事會(Digital Healthcare Council),將一年至少開會四次,並研擬出一份三年計畫,帶動麻州競爭未來10年將成長至320億元的數位醫療市場。
麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)早在今年一月就推出了”麻州數位健康計畫(Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative),現在進一步從科技,醫療服務,保險,醫療設備,生命科學,學術,政府等公、私營機構,徵召來31名專業人士,請他們幫忙找出利用新數位科技,改善麻州內的醫療護理,增加就業機會,並減少醫療開支的辦法。
麻州州長查理貝克和這"數位醫療健康理事會"今日在麻省總醫院(MGH)的醫療歷史及創新博物館,召開了第一次會議,重點討論有助於麻州創新醫療科技發展的策略及政策,希望充分利用在數位醫療領域,麻州已經居於領先地位的生命科學,電子醫療記錄,消費者可穿載設備,護理系統,付費管理,大數據分析及遠距醫療等。
新成立的這數位醫療保健理事會"將由麻州長住宅及經濟發展辦公室麾下的創新,科技及創業助理署長Katie StebbinsVertex波士頓地區主席,董事長暨執行長Jeffrey Leiden等兩人擔任共同主席。
這一理事會成立後的首要責任,將是制定一份三年成長計畫,提出有哪些方法可推廣,加速麻州數位醫療創新的建議及目標。該會也將成立訂定支援計畫,以促進這些計畫的實施,並每年提交報告。
Governor Baker Establishes Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council 
Advisory council will guide administration policy to support Massachusetts’ digital healthcare industry

BOSTON – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the creation of a Digital Healthcare Council, a comprehensive public-private partnership that will advise the administration on the future of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry. The council stems from the momentum of the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, launched in January 2016.

The council convenes leaders across the digital healthcare industry, including technology, healthcare delivery, insurance, medical devices, the life sciences, academia, and government, to advise on ways new digital technologies can improve healthcare in the Commonwealth, grow jobs, and reduce healthcare costs.

“For Massachusetts to become a national leader in digital health, we need to continue to build on the momentum our Digital Health Initiative has already produced,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This council will collaborate to move past barriers in the healthcare industry and solve significant challenges to make advances in patient care, lower health care costs, and address public health crises, like the opioid epidemic.”

Today, Governor Baker convened the first meeting of the Digital Health Council at the Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Medical History and Innovation. The session focused on strategies and tactics that can help Massachusetts grow innovative digital health technologies. The digital health market spans a number of technologies Massachusetts is an established leader in, including the life sciences, electronic health records, consumer wearable devices, care systems, payment management, Big Data analytics and telemedicine. The digital health market is estimated to grow to $32 billion over the next decade.

“The digital health industry presents an enormous economic development opportunity for the entire Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The industry is poised to create jobs across the Massachusetts through its impact on patient care in community hospitals, potential for advanced manufacturing applications, and for our innovation hubs that span from Springfield to Lowell, to Worcester and New Bedford.”

The Council will be co-chaired by Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chairman, President and CEO of Boston-based Vertex.

“The digital healthcare sector plays directly to our strengths in Massachusetts - from world-class hospitals, universities and life sciences companies, to significant concentrations of VC investment,” said Dr. Jeffrey Leiden. “We at MACP are honored to have led this outstanding public-private partnership toward accelerating the growth of the digital healthcare industry in the Commonwealth and are excited about the future growth of this segment of the innovation economy as the state takes this initiative forward to the next stage.”

In January 2016 Governor Baker launched the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, a public-private partnership established by Governor Baker, Massachusetts healthcare executives, legislative and municipal partners, and leaders in the business community including the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP). The Massachusetts Digital Health Council will help steer and shape that Initiative, as its initial responsibility will be to deliver a three-year growth plan to the Governor with recommendations and objectives for ways the state can promote and accelerate digital healthcare innovation across the Commonwealth. The Council will also establish and support projects that bolster the implementation of the growth plan, reporting on their progress via an annual report on the Council’s progress towards its objectives.

“EOHHS is looking forward to partnering with the Council to share ideas and advance digital health in our work,” said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services. “We know health data innovation can help us improve costs, care and  health outcomes, and has already helped us in addressing  public health issues, such as  the Commonwealth’s opioid crisis.”

“Massachusetts succeeds when we play to our strengths, and we have all of the resources necessary to become a global player in this space, as we are in the life sciences sector,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Digital health has unlimited potential to improve healthcare outcomes, lower costs and become a significant driver of job creation across the Commonwealth.”

The Massachusetts Digital Health Council will meet at least four times per year, and will be supported by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI). The full list of Council members is below:

Co-Chairs:
  • Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chairman, President & CEO, Vertex
Members (alphabetical by last name):
  • Jay Ash, Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Scott Bailey, Managing Director, MassChallenge
  • Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
  • Andrew Dreyfus, President & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Sandra L. Fenwick, President & Chief Executive Officer, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Alan M. Garber, Provost, Harvard University
  • Dr. Atul Gawande, Executive Director, Ariadne Labs at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Louis Gutierrez, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Connector
  • Dr. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess System
  • Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
  • Colin Hill, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, GNS Healthcare
  • Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO, Southcoast Health
  • Dr. Erin Jospe, Chief Medical Officer, PatientKeeper
  • Stephen Kraus, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
  • Travis McCready, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • Alice Moore, Undersecretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, President, Brigham and Women's Health Care
  • Ed Park, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, athenahealth
  • Larry Renfro, CEO, Optum
  • Martin Arnold Schmidt, Provost, MIT
  • Peter Sherlock, Senior Vice President, Programs and Technology, Center for National Security & Director, Bedford Operations, MITRE Corporation
  • Justin Steinman, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Healthcare Digital
  • Dr. Steven Strongwater. President & CEO, Atrius Health
  • Laurance Stuntz, Director, Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech
  • Marylou Sudders, Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Steven Tello, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, UMass Lowell
  • Dr. David Torchiana, President & CEO, Partners HealthCare
  • Joel Vengco, Vice President & Chief Information Officer Baystate Health
  • Kate Walsh, President & CEO, Boston Medical Center
  • Rick Weisblatt, Chief of Innovation and Strategy, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare