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Center for Connected Medicine Representatives to Present During HIMSS13
[February 26, 2013]

Center for Connected Medicine Representatives to Present During HIMSS13

PITTSBURGH --(Business Wire)--

The Center for Connected Medicine, a global thought leader defining the transformation of health care, is pleased to announce that members of its clinician panel will be delivering a presentation titled, "The 'Tele-Tipping Point:' Practicing Medicine from the Cloud," during the HIMSS 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition. The session will take place at 9:45 a.m. CST on Wednesday, March 6.

Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, medical director for the Center for Connected Medicine, and Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, vice president of medical information technology and medical director of interoperability and imaging informatics for UPMC, will discuss the movement toward patient-centric, virtual health care and the role interoperability and information systems play. As executive physicians at UPMC, Dr. Watson and Dr. Shrestha will explain how they have applied these concepts and provide results from their own experience utilizing these methods of healthcare delivery.

"Drs. Watson and Shrestha bring unparalleled expertise in adapting and using technology to improve patient care. They will share a unique perspective as physicians making these concepts a reality in their daily practice of medicine," says Angea Pantelas, executive director of the Center for Connected Medicine. "Session attendees will gain an understanding of what must be done in order to succeed in the evolving health care environment."

Drs. Watson and Shrestha will also assess the digital culture change in our society, and attendees will learn how it will increase adoption of virtual health care and telemedicine.

In addition to Wednesday's session, Dr. Watson and Dr. Shrestha, along with other representatives from the Center for Connected Medicine, will be giving several in-booth presentations on behalf of several of the Center's partners, including Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) and Polycom. Details can be found at


The Center for Connected Medicine is defining the transformation of health care by serving as a global thought leader. It is the world's first collaborative health care executive briefing center dedicated to developing the blueprint for innovative patient-centered health through understanding new models of care and leveraging strategically integrated health information technology. Based in Pittsburgh, the Center opened its doors in September 2009 and is comprised of five founding partners: Alcatel-Lucent, GE Healthcare, IBM, UPMC and Verizon (News - Alert) and eight strategic partners representing global leaders in health care. The Center draws executives and clinicians from around the world to explore the transformation of health care. Visitors experience the possibilities of an interconnected health care system firsthand, with real clinical examples, and leave the Center with new insights and methods for reinventing their organizations, streamlining their processes and embracing the new paradigm in health care. To learn more about connected medicine, as well as the Center's vision and initiatives, please visit

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