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Connected Health: Opportunities Ahead for Primary Care Joseph L. Ternullo, JD, MPH Associate Director, Partners Center for Connected Health Associate Director, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center Vice President, Continua Health Alliance Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University

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Connected Health: Opportunities Ahead for Primary CareJoseph L. Ternullo, JD, MPHAssociate Director, Partners Center for Connected HealthAssociate Director, Northeast Telehealth Resource CenterVice President, Continua Health AllianceAdjunct Faculty, Northeastern University

4th Annual Weitzman Symposium



Healthcare Challenges

  • Aging population will become increase utilization burden on healthcare system
  • Increased need to maintain independent living for the elderly
  • Primary care and other healthcare workforce shortages
  • Mismatch between financial resources available to deliver care and demand for that care
  • Patterns of disease changing- moved into a period of an epidemic of chronic disease
  • Aggregation of specialists in urban networks while care delivered in local community and primary care settings
  • Patients well informed and demand “convenient care” and equal access to high quality best-practice care where the live and work
continua overview
Continua: Overview

Worldwide industry alliance formed in June 2006 by Cisco, Intel, Kaiser, Medtronic, Motorola, Panasonic, Partners, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, and Welch Allyn.

Today, Continua is 191 organizations strong and growing. It is dedicated to making personal telehealth a reality by:

  • Developing design guidelines enabling vendors to build interoperable sensors, home networks, telehealth platforms, and health and wellness services.
  • Establishing a product certification program with a consumer-recognizable logo signifying the promise of interoperability across certified products.
  • Collaborating with government regulatory agencies to provide methods for safe and effective management of vendor solutions.
  • Working with leaders in the health care industries to develop new ways to address the costs of providing personal telehealth systems



northeastern university
Northeastern University

Northeastern is a large Boston-based institution of higher learning. Its leadership assessed the need for new educational programs.


  • Unprecedented demand for systematic improvement in healthcare quality and efficiency across all settings (ambulatory to inpatient).
  • Requests from external agencies for measurement and reporting of healthcare performance is at a height and increasing.
  • Hospitals and clinics aresignificantly increasing their investment in: (a) computerized physician order entry, (b) inpatient and ambulatory electronic medical records, (c) E-prescribing platforms, (d) personal health web sites, (e) enterprise data warehousing for enhanced reporting and analytics, (f) remote patient monitoring devices.
  • New interdisciplinary programs are needed.

NEU Masters in HealthCare informatics launched. Will be online within 12 months.

continua use cases
Continua Use Cases

To organize its work, Continua segmented the market in three large use cases:

  • Aging Independently
  • An adult child helping their elderly parents age gracefully in their own home.
  • Basic life monitoring as appropriate (ADL)
  • Disease Management
  • Vital sign monitoring (RPM)
  • Medication reminders and compliance
  • Trend analysis and alerts
  • Connect with family care givers
  • Health & Wellness
  • Weight loss
  • Fitness
  • Email / chat / video
  • Appt scheduling
  • Personal Health Records



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Continua Use Cases

Disease management market:

evolve the current models of care; chronic and post-acute

connect patients, families and healthcare providers to the right information at the right time

more informed decision-making

empowering people to take a more active role in their own care



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Continua Use Cases

Health and wellness market:

health conscious and worried well

fitness and lifestyle trackers, PHRs



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Continua Use Cases

Aging independently market:

residential care, independent living facilities, individual homes

support ADL, fall detectors, bed occupancy, medical reminders, …

personal emergency response services



the center for connected health
The Center for Connected Health

Division of Partners IS organization

Research and evaluation

Program development and rollout

Operational systems and support

Education and advisory services

Formalized relationships around the globe

Our interest is in the use of technology to deliver care remotely:

Heart failure monitoring

Diabetic monitoring and coaching

Blood pressure self-management for large employer

Benefits include:

Increased patient engagement

Improved health outcomes

Improved patient-provider communications

All leading to improved lives and lower costs

northeast telehealth resource center
Northeast Telehealth Resource Center
  • Federally Funded through the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
  • www.
  • Foster the development, expansion and sustainability of telehealth programs throughout the Northeast.
  • Develop and maintain an online database of the status of telehealth in the Northeast.
  • Identify opportunities to improve policies for greater access to care through telehealth.
  • Connect knowledgeable and experienced telehealth mentors with organizations that are building their telehealth capabilities.
  • Serve as a key resource for helping to catalyze the introduction of telehealth technologies into the care delivery process.
  • How can we work together?
  • What unique attributes do we possess that can accelerate our success as a region?
  • How will the economic stimulus package funds alter the landscape here?
  • What efforts in the region are underway currently in the area of connected health, telehealth, remote monitoring, etc and are they catalogued?
  • When you think of Connected Health, Telemedicine, Telehealth, e-health, remote monitoring, etc. who in the region comes to mind as the local champion?
  • Can we stay in contact and find ways to organize and get involved to help shape policy rather than respond to policy shaped by others?
  • How do we best prepare for the future?
ways to learn more
Ways to Learn More…

Attend the Partners 2009 annual Symposium on October 21-22 in Boston

Join our discussion at

Recently published:

Home Telehealth

thank you joseph l ternullo jd mph jternullo@partners org 617 726 4207 office

Thank youJoseph L. Ternullo, JD, MPHjternullo@partners.org617-726-4207 (office)