May 19, 2010 20:19 ET

SDForum and IBM Present: "The Healthcare IT Symposium"

The Role of Technology Innovation in Healthcare

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced it will host its first ever symposium on healthcare information technology in partnership with IBM. The event is being hosted by Pillsbury Winthrop on Tuesday June 8th, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. PT in Palo Alto, CA. Experts, investors and executives including Lonne Jaffe of IBM, Brian Ascher of Venrock and Adam Bosworth of KEAS will share their perspectives on where the opportunities for innovation lie, and what hurdles remain.

While information technology is critical to the success of efficient and economic delivery of healthcare, the industry is lagging behind. Access to vital information is essential and healthcare providers must now conform to the requirements of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

In Silicon Valley, a globally recognized heartland of innovation in technology, what's happening to respond to this need and what are the challenges involved in getting up to speed? Who are the stars and what's next in healthcare information technology?

"The increased use of healthcare information technology can enable clinicians to make more evidence-based treatment decisions, decisions that are based on a comprehensive view of a patient's medical history and the latest analytics comparing the effectiveness of all available treatment options," said Lonne Jaffe, Director Public Sector Solutions, IBM. "By enabling physicians, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, payers, and patients to collaborate more effectively, healthcare information technology can also dramatically lower the costs of delivering care, helping to make the economics of the healthcare industry more sustainable."

"We have watched the political debates on providing healthcare to the American population and this is the proverbial tip of the iceberg as the underlying technology infrastructure also needs a radical overhaul," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO of SDForum. "The total market and growth opportunity makes this an attractive space for entrepreneurs and investors."

Attendees will have the opportunity to share insights and network with business executives, startups and investors in the healthcare information technology market at this morning symposium.

Visit SDForum's website at for the full agenda.

Speakers include:

  • Brian Ascher, Venrock
  • Adam Bosworth, KEAS
  • Jeff Calcagno, Scale Venture Partners
  • Mike Doyle, Medsphere
  • Gerry Hinkley, Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Ryan Howard, Practice Fusion
  • Philip Korn, TriNet
  • Lonne Jaffe, IBM
  • Lou Lange, Asset Management
  • Jaap Suermondt, Hewlett-Packard

Price & Registration
Special early bird pricing through May 24th is $100 for Non-Members and $80 for SDForum Members. 

Media are invited to attend; please contact Julie Welch at

Location: Pillsbury Winthrop, 2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA.

To follow the event on Twitter, use hashtag #SDFHealth.

About SDForum
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