Connecting the Dots: Technology to Bridge from Clinic to Community


While our nation’s debate over how to structure our existing healthcare system rages along political and ideological lines, it may be missing the point altogether: as much as 90% of what impacts our health takes place outside of clinic and hospital walls. What we eat, our socioeconomic status, and how we connect to each other impacts our health as well as personal and societal well-being. And as communities grapple with how to facilitate connections between medical care and community services that address patients’ basic needs, the role of technology as a valuable—but complex—tool arises. Given the siloed nature of the health and human sectors in America, how can we leverage tech solutions as an operational catalyst for improving health and as a force for health equity?    

Join New America to explore the myriad ways in which technology and data-sharing are being deployed to ensure that patients’ medical and social needs are being met, and what it will take to fully harness the power of technological advancement –while also respecting patient dignity and communities’ own expertise in preventing illness —in order to achieve a culture of health across sectors.  


12:15-1:15 PM: Fireside Chat – Designing, Linking, and Syncing Technology to Advance Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. M.P.A
Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Director, Health Innovations Lab, New America
Clinical Professor, Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine
Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General

1:15-2:15 PM: What We’ve Learned: Innovations from Baltimore

Mike Fried, M.S.
Chief Information Officer, Baltimore City Health Department

Maisha Davis, LCSW-C
Director, Case Management, Chase Brexton Health Care

Thomas Cudjoe, M.D, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine: Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Kristin Topel, MFT, MPH
Program Director, Health Leads Baltimore