This month's panelist is Dave Skibinski, CEO and founder of SnapMD, a medical services company that provides patient-initiated one-on-one live consultation with pediatric emergency room doctors.
SnapMD delivers advice about specific medical questions and complaints via secure, HIPAA compliant communications. This service is operated in partnership with pediatric hospitals and is promoted directly to parents and other care givers of children.
This is important because despite the rapid acceptance of websites and apps as sources of medical guidance, they are not sufficient to ensure that patients and their caregivers understand and follow appropriate medical diagnostic and treatment protocols.
Specifically for pediatric emergency encounters:
- From 1997 to 2007 there has been a 42% increase in emergency department (ED) visits by children.
- Over 30 % of hospital ED's are at or over capacity.
- Four in 10 ED visits by children 1-17-years-old are avoidable, and seven in 10 ED visits by infants are avoidable. These avoidable ED visits are a huge cost to hospitals and the healthcare system.
- There is a significant shortage of pediatric physicians, creating challenges in access to care, especially for Medicaid the the uninsured.
- Telemedicine provides an efficient, lower cost means for pediatric medicine consultations, especially in rural communities and during the hours of 8 pm-8 am when other health care facilities are closed.
About LAVA Healthcare
one disputes that the U.S. healthcare system is a mess that has been
deteriorating for decades. Many argue that increasing legislation and
regulation will worsen the problem, others argue its the best solution.
Healthcare is an ongoing conversation about how we might fix the mess
applying innovation across a wide range of dimensions including
technology, business models, patient involvement, offshore outsourcing,
and training programs.
The main goal is to foster innovation,
while allowing our community to learn, be inspired, make valuable new
business relationships and re-establish old ones. And perhaps even
perhaps even influence public policy.
Who should participate?
Everyone with an interest in the U.S. healthcare system such as
technologists, life-sciences professionals and vendors, medical
practitioners, healthcare providers, policy makers, and consultants of
LAVA Healthcare operates with monthly meetings, a blog, and a LinkedIn group.
Each meeting consists of two parts:
Meetings are governed by five simple rules:
- A lengthy discussion of a big picture topic. There are no panelists or talking heads at the front of the room. The moderator proposes a topic and the group discusses it: Is it a large problem? A small problem? A problem at all? Why is it a problem? What can be done about it? The
conversation is directed and textured by the experience and knowledge
of every member of the audience who poses questions, tells stories, and
- Presentations by one or more innovators who believe
their ideas will have significant effects on the cost and quality of
our healthcare system. Following a short presentation by each innovator,
the audience criticizes, applauds, grinds, brainstorms, embellishes,
refines, and pokes holes into the idea.
- Have fun, explore new and old ideas, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
- Nothing is off topic as long as its about healthcare.
- No talking-head lectures: Everyone is a panelist.
- No preset course: The group leads the conversation.
- Self-promotions and sermons instantly lose the floor at moderator's sole discretion.