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Last LAVA Healthcare program of 2012! Program details to follow.

When: Friday 11/9/2012
Where: Pepperdine University
West LA Campus (NOT Malibu)
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, California  90045
United States
Contact: Richard Koffler

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This month's panelist is Dave Skibinski, CEO and founder of SnapMDa 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

No 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.

LAVA 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 all types.


LAVA Healthcare operates with monthly meetings, a blog, and a LinkedIn group.

Each meeting consists of two parts:
  • 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 proposes answers.
  • 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.
Meetings are governed by five simple rules:
  1. Have fun, explore new and old ideas, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
  2. Nothing is off topic as long as its about healthcare.
  3. No talking-head lectures: Everyone is a panelist.
  4. No preset course: The group leads the conversation.
  5. Self-promotions and sermons instantly lose the floor at moderator's sole discretion.

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