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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.

Vinfen hosted its Innovative Technology in Community Health Care Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 8 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The event honored Vinfen’s 40 years of service by looking forward to the future. Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, MSW, ACSW opened the event, and was joined by Vinfen President and CEO Bruce Bird in welcoming guests. Our 300 attendees then had the chance to hear OPEN MINDS CEO and Senior Associate Monica Oss, MS project the trends that will influence health and integrated technology in the coming years.

Monica then moderated a panel featuring  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. The trio discussed technology innovation from the perspectives of academic research, commercial, and public sector payer.

Later that afternoon, 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 CEO 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 gathered for a panel discussing the different technologies available today. “If we don’t create personalized technology, people won’t use it,” Rini Gahir said, as part of a conversation on making technology work for vulnerable populations.

Finally, Dartmouth College Centers for Health and Aging Director Stephen J. Bartels, MD, MS presented on the history and future of interventions that bridge behavioral and physical health. People with psychiatric conditions have a shorter lifespan than the general population, and cardiovascular disease is the biggest culprit. But according to Bartels, “It’s possible that with tech, peers, and a nurse or case manager in the background, people can improve self-management.”

At the event’s close, guests joined Vinfen staff, presenters, and the Board of Directors for a reception celebrating Vinfen’s 40th anniversary. Miles Shore, one of Vinfen’s founders, was an honored guest and shared encouraging words on Vinfen’s future.

Thank you to our sponsors



Thank you to our benefactors: Bruce and Rebecca Bird, Don Condie, The Glaser Family, J & F Construction, and W.B. Mason.