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Duke Health Sector Management Second Annual Medical Innovations and Strategies Conference 2010


Podcast Preview: Mohit Kaushal, MD



Mohit Kaushal, MD
Director of Connected Health at the Federal Communications Commission

Aaron B. Joslow
Duke Health Sector Management Program

Aaron Joslow

Hello, everyone.The Duke Health Sector Management Program is on the cutting edge of new wireless and health care technology. Its upcoming conference on Consumer Healthcare & Wireless Technologies is bringing together the best minds in business, education, and information systems to discuss one of the most pressing concerns in public policy.

Joining us to preview the concern is Mohit Kaushal, the Director of Connected Health at the Federal Communications Commission and one of the event's featured speakers.

My first question to you is what makes wireless technology an issue of great concern to the health management community?

Mohit Kaushal

I'd actually rephrase the question. I don't think it's of great concern. I think it's actually of great promise.

Why I think the health management community should really keep up to date with this space is that many of the technologies I've seen both now and coming down the line have the real promise to not only cut costs but also improve outcomes and even change service deliveries.

I think keeping abreast of these technologies, and what they can achieve is very important to the community.

Aaron Joslow

Terrific. And my next question for you is, can you give a specific example of how wireless technology is used in the marketplace today?

Mohit Kaushal

So, I think there's a variety of different business models and technologies out there.

Some are going straight for commissions in terms of the data that these technologies produce and some of these are going straight for the consumer. So, there's the direct consumer model.

There's also the classic physician provider model and there are a range of exciting texts all through this space and so where I think it actually (offers) a huge amount of promise is in the continuous management of chronic diseases.

Conditions such as heart failure, for example, where these chronic diseases and physiological parameters change on a daily basis, but right now we only monitor these patients say, once a week, once a month, depending on complications.

Many of these non-evasive wireless technologies can be used to monitor these parameters many times a day. It will help us as physicians to understand when things are going wrong before patients actually feeling well that allows us to bring them into hospitals at an earlier date, instigate treatment earlier and even prevent hospitalizations.

I think there's a huge amount of promise within that chronic disease monitoring space.

Aaron Joslow

All right. And what do you think is the biggest misconception or blind spot people have when joining the wireless conversation?

Mohit Kaushal

I think generally there's a pretty robust conversation.

What I think would be great and push that even further is just increased transparency and discussion around, look, these technologies do have a lot of promise but why do we have poor adoption of them and really delve into some of the barriers such as the reimbursement rating, perhaps there's a lack of transparency or even lack of interoperability.

I think we should really focus the debate on those barriers to really push the bar forward on promoting all these technologies.

Aaron Joslow

All right. And what's one thing you are most looking forward to sharing with participants at the conference?

Mohit Kaushal

I'll be really looking forward to updating the participants on the work we're doing here at the FCC.

I built the first healthcare team here with the general arena of this convergence of healthcare and connectivity. So, updating the participants on activities, where we've been focusing and really how we're driving forward in this space, I think, would be most interesting to the participants.

As an example, we're having a panel at the end of this month with the FDA along with the private industry to really focus on the transparency of regulatory framework within this space. I think discussing that further will be of great interest.

Aaron Joslow

And my final question for you, Mohit. What makes the Duke Health Sector Management Consumer Healthcare and Wireless Technologies Conference appealing?

Mohit Kaushal

I think the organizers have done a great job of just getting a multiple number of different stakeholders and speakers from different walks of life not only from my government perspective but also the venture capital perspective and even the startup and entrepreneurship especially.

I think having all these different opinions around the table should make it a very worthwhile experience.

Aaron Joslow

Thank you so much, Mohit, for that insight.

This concludes our podcast preview of The Duke Health Sector Management Program's conference. To register or learn more, please visit us online. Thank you for listening, and we hope to see you September 15th on the Duke campus in Raleigh at the Second Annual Medical Innovation and Strategies Conference on Consumer Healthcare & Wireless Technologies.

Upcoming conference

For more information, please contact:

Ana Quinn
Associate Director, Business Development
Health Sector Management
Phone: 919-660-7900