Health Economist / Management Consultant, THINKhealth
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant who has worked with health care stakeholders in the U.S. and Europe for over two decades. Jane founded THINK-Health, a strategic health consultancy, in 1995 after spending a decade as a health care consultant in firms in the U.S. and Europe. Jane’s client base spans the broad range of stakeholders in health, including technology, pharmaceutical, providers, plans, financial services, advertising and communications, public sector and NGOs.
Jane focuses on the nexus of health care and technology applying the tools of environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning, forecasting, and health policy analysis. Jane also writes the Health Populi blog. She sits on the advisory boards of Emdeon’s U.S. Health Efficiency Index project, the Health 2.0 conference, and UnNiched. Jane is a member of the Washington Post’s HealthcareRx Panel which responds to questions about health reform. Jane also advises Edelman’s Health Engagement Barometer.
Jane wrote the seminal white paper, The Wisdom of Patients: Health Care Meets Social Media, on behalf of California HealthCare Foundation, in April 2008. Her follow-up paper, Participatory Health: Online and Mobile Tools Help Chronically Ill Manage Their Care, was published in September 2009 by the Foundation. How Smartphones Are Changing Health Care for Consumers and Providers was published in April 2010 by CHCF. Her latest report on remote health monitoring will be published by CHCF in February 2011. Jane is also a columnist for CHCF’s iHealthBeat, where she writes about health policy and technology.
Jane holds an MA (Economics) and MHSA (Health Policy) from the University of Michigan. Jane is a frequent public speaker and writer on the subject of health-technology, politics and economics.
Focusing at the nexus of health care and technology, Jane’s toolkit includes environmental analysis, scenario, strategic and business planning, forecasting, and health policy analysis. Jane has assisted every segment of the health care industry throughout her career including technology and medical device companies; educational institutions; pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors; health care providers; payers and plans; consumer products companies; non-profits; and, financial services firms.
The world over, health care costs are increasing faster than economies are growing. While medical innovations, in the form of clinical technologies and prescription drugs, have lengthened lives and, in many cases, enhanced quality of lives, they are usually cost-increasing. What can be done to stem the health cost spiral while fostering innovation in health? The answer is engaging people-patients more integrally and intimately in their care. Leveraging information and communications technologies as platforms for connecting patients with providers, health coaches, and trusted health advisors is the real health reform.
Jane will make the case for online and mobile health for engaging health citizens with their care and whole health, setting the context for the day's online health track
One phenomenon that permeates all aspects of online health; patient engagement; self service; online marketing of anything related to personal health is the issue of trust. How can the necessary level of trust be established and maintained without the human interaction; the interaction between the patient and the clinician / consultant, which most stakeholders would traditionally have considered fundamental. How should the conversation, consultation and ongoing communication be approached? We have gathered a panel of stakeholders who have each grappled with these challenges and each made great strides in their respective fields to highlight and explore some of the many questions. Hear their experiences, ask questions and challenge their thinking at this fascinating session.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn moderates. An opportunity to get into the detail of topics raised in the morning's Online HEalth sessions.
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