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Chris Gibbons, Founder and CEO of The Greystone Group, will explain and lead a conversation about “smart cities” – a concept for taking technology, data, interoperability, and the social determinants of health and well-being to scale. The discussion will focus not only on the potential benefits, but also on the factors – such as implicit bias – that need to be addressed in order to equitably improve healthcare delivery and population health.

About the presenter

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH, CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc, Chief Health Innovation Adviser, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.

Dr. Gibbons is the Founder and CEO of The Greystone Group, a digital health innovation and strategy consulting firm. Greystone has unparalleled strength in health sector ecosystem visioning & design, health innovation, diversity populations and emerging health sector revenue models. Greystone helps public and private sector clients uncover unrecognized insights that drive disruptive innovation, capture new digital health revenue opportunities and improve population health. Dr. Gibbons is also the Chief Health Innovation Adviser at the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force, an Assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Gibbons was an Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Health Informatics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gibbons has authored over 75 research manuscripts, monographs, books, book chapters and technical reports. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama and then completed a federal health policy fellowship at CMS as well as a residency in Preventive Medicine, a basic science research fellowship and a Master of Public Health degree all from Johns Hopkins. 

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  • I enjoyed the presentation.  I think there are some opportunities to flip the model a bit to push it forwards.  The obvious view is that we need to wait for broadband or 5G to make these technologies possible.  If you look at it from a provider perspective, it may make sense for them to provide the broadband or 5G capabilities for free to capture the market share for the health related billing that will eventually follow.  I'm sure there are some calculations that could be done relative to the health revenue for chronic desease vs the cost of providing the connectivity access.  One of the challenges for many health care providers is that most EMRs don't track interactions such as texts, video calls, emails for billing purposes.  By adding CRM technology to EMR suddenly you have a model where Dr Y can check on regular patients remotely, do it faster, and increase the billing.  If you can increase your billing by $100 per client per month, paying for their basic internet access makes sense.  In really doing this on a per patient basis doesn't make logistical sense, but if you look at it on a community basis, I think you could work out a model where groups of physicians collectively pay for a block of services.  

  • Chris and I have presented together previously - most recently on a HIMSS webinar.  His vision for improving health and well-being through Smart Cities is not only exciting, creative, ground breaking and effective.  I invite you to join Friday's call and share your thoughts during the conversation. Check out the grahic mural we created at last spring's interoperabi...

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