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HL20: Joseph Kvedar, MD—'Tech'-ing Better Care of Patients

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2013

In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. This is the story of Joseph Kvedar, MD.

This profile was published in the December, 2012 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

 "I can't call any doctor's office customer friendly, and these technologies give consumers and patients a way to directly connect and they tend to love it."

After nearly two decades of pioneering research into connected health as a reliable model for healthcare delivery, Joseph Kvedar, MD, has won fans and won over skeptics.

Kvedar is founder and director for the Center for Connected Health, part of Boston-based Partners HealthCare System. He started the Center in 1995 on the premise that healthcare doesn't always have to be delivered in a doctor's office or a hospital. His use of home monitoring, text messaging, and the now ubiquitous smartphone, shows improvements to patient health, provider efficiency, and a hospital's bottom line. His findings are just in time for the changing reimbursement reality, and for consumer demand of quicker access to personal medical data.

A self-described early adopter and gadget lover, Kvedar says he was always interested in how technology could make him more productive. In fact, he personally uses nearly a dozen tech tools everyday to monitor his own health, from wireless activity devices to medication reminders. "I'm a living laboratory for this stuff!"

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