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Innovative Technology in Community Health Care Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of Vinfen’s 40 years of innovation and commitment to care for people with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges, Vinfen hosted an Innovative Technology in Community Health Care Conference that focused on new technologies and their impact on integrated behavioral and physical health. The Conference took place on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School.

Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders, MSW, ACSW, opened the day by sharing her vision for the future of how technology will shape the field of health and human services for the next decade. Then Keynote Speaker and national Executive Director of OPEN MINDS Monica Oss, MS, presented a broad overview of current developments and forecasted trends in innovative technologies in behavioral and integrated health services in the United States.

Next participants heard from two panels of experts. One discussed the developing area of technology innovation from the academic research, commercial, and public sector payer perspectives. This panel included Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Digital Psychiatry Program Co-Director and Co-Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Telepsychiatry John Torous, MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Medical Behavioral Health Director Ken Duckworth, MD, and MassHealth Behavioral Director Stephanie Jordan Brown.

A second panel featured innovative technologies being developed and evaluated in the integrated care area, and included representatives from the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (Healthcare Effectiveness Research Director Amar Das, MD, PhD), Wellframe (Co-Founder and Chief Medical Director Trishan Panch, MD, MPH), myStrength (Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Scott Cousino, MBA), Pear Therapeutics (Vice President of Clinical Development Yuri Maricich, MD, MBA), and Mozzaz (Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer Rini Gahir, BSc, MBA).

Following the conference, a celebratory reception recognized Vinfen’s 40 years of transforming lives and honor staff, people served, and supporters who have partnered with us to provide innovative community health care.

Thank you to our sponsors