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Partners HealthCare Launches Connected Health Center of Excellence

Unveiled today at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, the Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs aims to integrate mHealth and telehealth technology into patient-centered healthcare programs.

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By Eric Wicklund

- Partners HealthCare is launching a new resource center aimed at integrating mHealth and telehealth into patient-centered healthcare.

The Boston-based health system unveiled the Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs during the opening day of its Connected Health Conference, an annual event co-hosted with the Personal Connected Health Alliance, an offshoot of HIMSS. Described as a center of excellence, it will focus on integrating connected care platforms into preventive care, chronic care management and care coordination.

“Disruptive ideas in healthcare often lack access to expertise and testbeds for validation. This leads to ideas either staying underdeveloped or under-validated, and we want to change that,” Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Senior Director of Partners Pivot Labs and a keynote speaker at Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s Value-Based Care Summit on Telehealth this past June, said in a press release. “I strongly believe that the foundation we are building for clinical research, design and data science for the patient experience can rapidly accelerate the adoption of patient-centric innovations in healthcare.”

“There is no question that we need to disrupt care delivery to remain competitive in this new era of technological advances,” added Gregg Meyer, MD, the health system’s Chief Clinical Officer. “By focusing on the patient experience and making care convenient, safe and accessible, we will address an extremely important aspect of patient care in the United States.”

Partners HealthCare, which previously had launched the Center for Connected Health to focus on incorporating digital health into patient care, is joining forces in this new venture with Persistent Systems, an India-based software company.

Company officials say the new center will enable them to work with pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, medical technology companies, payers and providers to develop and scale digital health products and services directly to providers as well as the consumer market.

“One area that is really transforming healthcare is patient-centricity,” Rahul Patel, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Persistent Systems, said in the press release. “Everyone needs to be able to understand patients: their behavior, their care and their lifestyle. Our hope is that this foundation of patient centricity, along with our ability to develop and deploy world class software at scale, will be key in enabling radical transformation in how patients receive their care.”

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