National Institutes of Health Official to Address WPI Forum on Healthcare Innovation

The Aspinwall Symposium focuses on systems approaches to lowering costs and increasing efficiency.

Healthcare Delivery Institute Symposium to Focus on Systems Approaches to Lowering Costs, Increasing Efficiency

With the nation's healthcare system under pressure to lower costs and become more efficient, healthcare technology companies, clinical providers, insurers and others in the industry have an opportunity to hear about the latest innovative research, and learn how to apply systems approaches to improving healthcare delivery.

The Healthcare Delivery Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will host the Second Annual Aspinwall Symposium, "System-driven Insights for Reinventing Healthcare Delivery," to be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on March 21 on the WPI campus.

The symposium will feature keynote speaker Patricia Mabry, senior advisor at the National Institutes of Health, who will explore the power of applying systems approaches to problems in healthcare. More than 100 people across the healthcare industry are expected to attend the symposium, which includes WPI faculty researcher presentations, interactive discussions and an industry panel of representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, EMC Corp., HealthWyse, IBM and Philips Healthcare.

The Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) at WPI is engaged in reinventing the healthcare delivery system for the future, harnessing technological and process innovation to improve healthcare from the hospital and beyond, to clinics, homes and mobile healthcare delivery. The Institute was founded in fall 2011, with its roots in a research center established in 2009 by four WPI faculty colleagues – Isa Bar-On, Sharon Johnson, Diane Strong, and Bengisu Tulu.

HDI's work is currently focused in four program areas: mobile and wireless clinical solutions, health information technologies, care delivery modeling and redesign, and healthcare analytics. Ongoing projects in each area will be described, highlighting key insights that result from HDI's integrated systems approach.
"Runaway costs are driving healthcare reform, and there is an emerging need for redesign of the healthcare system that can work in the future," said David Dimond, a national healthcare leader with EMC Consulting, and a participant on the industry panel. "There is a model shift taking place, and technology can help operational efficiencies and consumer engagement."

“WPI has this vision. What it takes is collaboration to make it work. … There will be a blueprint for opportunity – a roadmap for the future for organizations that participate” in the symposium, he said.

“Our goal is to grow our partnerships to deliver high-quality care wherever patients may be – hospitals, clinics, homes, or on the go,” said Vera Tice, managing director of HDI, who is establishing and leading the new Institute. “With well over 100 stakeholders across the healthcare continuum expected to attend the symposium, we look forward to working together to make this a reality.”

March 14, 2012