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MedCity Media Launches ENGAGE: Unlocking Patient Engagement Through Innovation June 5-6

CLEVELAND, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MedCity Media, publisher of MedCityNews.com, today announced ENGAGE, a premier forum for the leading strategies and innovations to advance patient engagement with care providers and the healthcare ecosystem. The event is hosted by the Foundation for Healthcare Innovation and will take place on June 5-6 at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center.

"How the U.S. perceives, pays for and delivers care is changing," said Chris Seper, CEO and founder of MedCity Media. "ENGAGE is the one place that gets the entire ecosystem together to best understand the patient and consumer engagement trends that sit at the core of healthcare innovation and reform."

Payers, providers and policymakers – along with the technology ecosystem that supports these efforts – will take center stage. The two-day event will touch on winning accountable care organization models, unique insights on Medicare reimbursement trends, cutting-edge health data and the intersection of healthcare, policy and technology with thinkers from some of the most insightful organizations in the country.

For more information and to register, visit http://events.medcitynews.com/engage/ 

"Technology alone won't make healthcare better.  Care delivery and reimbursement innovation will both require patient engagement – without it a truly transformed care delivery system will continue to elude us, despite the best of intentions," said Wil Yu, director, Foundation for Healthcare Innovation and advisor, Institute for the Future. "Focused communication, informed decision-making, and aligned behaviors will be the keys to healthcare innovation." 

Key partners supporting ENGAGE include The Department of Health & Human Services, The Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and UnitedHealth Group. Speakers will come from organizations including Cleveland Clinic, the Center for Connected Health and Jefferson School of Population Health.

"We need to bring together people from diverse perspectives - patients, providers, developers, payers - to collaborate and find new ways to engage consumers through technology," said Lygeia Ricciardi, Director, Office of Consumer eHealth at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT – within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  "Information technology is both upgrading the traditional health care system and also empowering consumers to engage more fully in their health and healthcare as never before.  Let's use technology to tap into the power of consumers - the most underutilized resource in healthcare."

"ENGAGE is a must-attend event for healthcare innovators," said Seper. "Conversations will begin at this event that will continue for months to come. MedCity brings together leaders across the healthcare ecosystem in unprecedented ways with our events -- First with CONVERGE in 2012 – which we are repeating this year – and now with ENGAGE.  MedCityNews.com's audience tripled in 2012, and we hope to continue that growth in our live events."

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