Barry Chaiken

Physician, Futurist, Public Health Expert, Fellow Royal Society of Medicine, Author
  • Explains how information technology tools can revolutionize the delivery of patient care, and impact patient and clinician experiences
  • Designs workshops that dissolve communication barriers to build collaborative teams that deliver innovation
  • Combines research, current trends, and humor to both educate and entertain the audience
  • Author of Navigating the Code: How Technology Transforms the Patient-Physician Journey, a groundbreaking book on healthcare information technology and its potential impact on quality, access, and the cost of care.

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Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare information technology, clinical transformation, and business intelligence. Dr. Chaiken is the author of the recently released Navigating the Code: How Technology Transforms the Patient-Physician Journey, a groundbreaking book on healthcare information technology and its potential impact on quality, access, and cost of care.

He currently serves as President of DocsNetwork Ltd. and previously worked with the National Institutes of Health, UK National Health Service, McKesson, Infor, and Salesforce/Tableau. He has served as guest lecturer and consultant on topics including patient safety, clinician adoption of information technology, quality improvement, and managed care.

During his career Dr. Chaiken provided expertise in quality and patient safety to providers, payers, and life science organizations helping them utilize information technology to improve clinical and administrative activities. He also assisted hospitals and technology firms in the creation of medical software products and services.

Dr. Chaiken served as a Healthcare Advisory Board member to numerous organizations as head of DocsNetwork, his own boutique healthcare IT consulting company. He has delivered more than 60 CME lectures, and served on the editorial board of the journal of Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. Dr. Chaiken regularly contributes a column on technology and quality for the journal Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare and Health Data Management. He also served as Conference Chair of the annual Digital Healthcare Conference and contributed to WTN Media’s online publications.

Dr. Chaiken received his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center, his Master in Public Health in health services administration from the Harvard School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University at Albany. He acquired his specialty training from the Centers for Disease Control as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and from the New Jersey State Department of Health as a preventive medicine resident. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health as well as Health Care Quality Management. Dr. Chaiken is an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr. Chaiken served as a Board member (2006-2010), Board Liaison to HIMSS Europe (2006-2009), and Board Chair (2009-2010), and continues his involvement as a Fellow of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). He is a guest lecturer in both graduate and undergraduate level courses in healthcare information technology at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management and Tufts University.

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Cost or Quality: Why Our Thinking About Healthcare Spending is All Wrong: Health maintenance organizations, capitated plans, restricted networks, accountable care organizations, all were created to manage the cost of care. But is cost the right place to focus? These strategies were unsuccessful in controlling costs as the U.S. surpassed $4 trillion in healthcare spending. Our focus should be on the very same thing that all our other purchases are based – value. Artificial-intelligence-designed workflow, digital workers, and analytics-influenced processes are just some of the ways revolutionary information technology can bridge the value-cost gap.

Rather than focus on what we spend on healthcare, we must aim to deliver value and then make choices about how we invest our resources.

Health 2035: Medical AI, Precision Medicine, Printed Organs, Virtual Reality: The U.S. offers the best healthcare services in the world. Or does it? Is a patient in rural Iowa able to access the same level of care as someone in Boston? The recent expanded use of telemedicine helped reduce the regional gap in care, but more evolution is necessary. Our embrace of precision medicine is just beginning, and new information technology tools are helping to make it a reality. Replacement organs will first be harvested from animals, followed by their assembly cell by cell. Combination medications with dosing specific to the individual are printed daily in the home. The patient experience will be seamless and comprehensive.

The expansion of healthcare information technology will drive these trends and help us secure the best care for ourselves and family.

Don’t We All Deserve the Best Patient Experience? Quality, safety, access, and affordability of care. Sure they are top of mind for all patients, but is that all we should care about? Aren’t we consuming healthcare services and therefore that makes us consumers? Perhaps our patient experience should mimic our consumer experience where care is patient/consumer-centered. And that includes how we interact with our providers, payers, and caregivers.

The technology we use in our daily lives can be applied to enhance our patient experience and help ensure we obtain the best possible health outcomes.

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