Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Join a LinkedIn Group

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

How do you find the right LinkedIn groups to join? You’ve put together your LinkedIn profile. You have a professional picture on your profile. So what’s next? Have you joined any groups?

LinkedIn groups are informal communities of like-minded people based around a common industry, topic, profession or geography. There are hundreds of thousands of groups.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ACRP 2012 Global Conference

Register for the ACRP (Association of Clinical Research Professionals) 2012 Global Conference & Exhibition by December 31 and save $200 with Early-Bird rates.

ACRP 2012 Global Conference
April 14-17, 2012 – Houston, Texas, USA

The program for the ACRP 2012 Global Conference features more than 125 sessions covering 12 Topic Areas – all delivered by leading speakers.

You can register for ACRP 2012 here.

Experience two sesssions from the ACRP 2011 Global Conference & Exhibition for FREE through April 1, 2012. Free sessions include:
  • Innovation & Global Health, featuring Tachi Yamada, MD, President, Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Regulatory Affairs Public Forum, featuring representatives from global regulatory agencies addressing issues facing clinical trials
You can view these sessions here.

How does your salary affect your overall job happiness?

These days, doctor salaries are under scrutiny because of the public perception that highly-compensated physicians are driving up health care costs. The reality is that there are some physicians who work full-time and don't even generate a six-figure salary. Of course, there are also medical specialists and subspecialists who generate well over $300,000 to 400,000 each year. I also know some physicians who essentially work 2 jobs (a standard job + moonlighting so much that they're over 80 hrs/week). They make a lot of money, but they're always working.

How does your salary affect your overall job happiness?  If you feel underpaid, that's one thing. If you feel that your salary is a "fair" salary for the type of work you do, then how much happier would you be if your salary went up? How much higher would it need to go up in order for you to feel a sense of greater happiness?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tufts Postgraduate Course in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development, and Regulation

Do you have a strong interest in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development, or Regulation? Perhaps you may want to consider attending the Tufts Postgraduate Course in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development, and Regulation.

February 6-10, 2012
TAJ Boston Hotel
Boston, MA

Tufts CSDD's highly acclaimed, five-day Postgraduate Course provides advanced instruction in practical and technical problem-solving in the areas of clinical pharmacology, drug development, clinical trial design, and new drug regulation. Continuing education credit is offered for physicians.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NEJM: Physician Executive Career Options Abound

There's an article in the NEJM Career Center titled, "Physician Executive Career Options Abound."

This article highlights some of the "demand for health care leaders with clinical experience and the desire to facilitate systemic change." The author starts by summarizing comments from Barry Silbaugh, MD, former CEO of the of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).

Here's the bottom line:
  • Management roles are increasing in the health care industry because of health care reform, health IT integration, need for value-based care, evolving care models like ACOs and PCMH, etc.
  • Career paths in medical management can be very diverse. 
  • Physicians from almost any specialty can find a role in medical management.
  • Having formal education in management is very beneficial (but not necessarily essential, as long as you can demonstrate competency in areas like accounting, finance, organizational development, etc.).
  • A career in medical management is not for everyone. So, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.
Interested in a career in medical management? I'd strongly recommend the American College of Physicians Executives (ACPE) as a professional resource and membership organization:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Don't miss this unique & exciting conference this spring!

I'd like to tell you about a unique and exciting conference this spring. You won't want to miss this opportunity to gain critical business skills in the world of medicine:

The Medical Entrepreneur Symposium
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - Sunday, April 01, 2012
Delray Beach, Florida

This is the first business meeting of its kind for physicians, residents, entrepreneurs, and other healthcare professionals. This unique meeting will be focused entirely on helping physicians gain knowledge in all the components necessary to be successful in any healthcare related business, in their medical practice, in practice management, and in healthcare related entrepreneurial ventures.

The course director is Steven M. Hacker, MD, author of "The Medical Entrepreneur: Pearls, Pitfalls, and Practical Business Advice for Doctors."

Register before Thanksgiving & save $400. Also, use the discount code "NCJ2012" to save 10%!

You may view the 3-day agenda here.

For more information, visit

Expand your social network this holiday season

Every winter, I encourage people to expand their social networks. You're probably going to be spending time with people who may be able to help you directly or indirectly. Hence, it's to your benefit to expand your network by telling family members and trusted friends about your career goals and your plans for the future.

This holiday season, make sure to connect with people on online social networks like LinkedIn. You may be surprised to discover that some close friends and family members may be connected to people who might be able to help you transition into a new job or who might be willing to provide you with more information about a different industry. Don't be shy of sites like Facebook (great for staying in touch with close friends and family).

Pharmaceutical Executive November 2011

You can read the November 2011 issue of Pharmaceutical Executive here (digital magazine). Pharmaceutical Executive is a trade magazine for executives who work in the pharmaceutical industry. Learn about the business trends that are impacting the industry by regularly reading these types of trade journals.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A kind "thank you" note from a pharmaceutical physician

As Thanksgiving approaches here in the United States, I'm often reminded to be very thankful for all the blessings in my life. I've been told that many of you have benefited from the information that is freely posted here on

Periodically, I'll receive a "thank you" note from one of our readers and I'll post those comments on this site. The other day, I received the following thank you note from a pharmaceutical physician:
I am a medical doctor working in the pharma industry. When I transitioned my career from a clinical side to pharma industry, I learned a lot about non-clinical jobs from your informative website. Since there were not many doctors working in a non-clinical side in Japan before, your website was of the major sources of information about non-clinical jobs to me and it helped me greatly and still continues to help me to build my non-clinical career to become a successful leader like you one day. Thank you so much.
Thank you for your kinds words. I'm glad to hear that has been a useful resource and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Please continue to tell others about this resource and visit on a frequent basis to show your support. Thank you for being a reader and for being a part of the community.

J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference

Here's a conference that you'll want to attend if you're working in the financial industry (or you're an avid investor). However, since this conference is "invitation only," you'll need to know someone who can give you an invitation (sorry, that would not be me).

J.P. Morgan conferences bring together industry leaders, financial sponsors and investors to explore market and sector trends.

All J.P. Morgan conferences are by invitation only.

J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference
Jan 9-12 in San Francisco, CA, USA

Learn more about their conferences here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Get Ready for Work-Related Travel in the Business World of Medicine

I'm writing this in the airplane (thanks to GoGo in-flight Internet) and I'm on my way home. This year, I've had a number of different work-related trips that have taken me to New Orleans, Boston, Baltimore, Phoenix, Palo Alto, Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, Dallas, Orlando, San Francisco, and San Diego. This year was a heavy travel year where I averaged 1-2 trips per month. Most of the time, I was gone for 2-3 nights, but I had an occasional trip where I was gone for a week. Some of those trips were speaking engagements and others were business meetings and conferences.

In the business world, executives travel all the time. There are some people who travel a few times each week. Other people may have 2-3 trips per month. Some folks are gone for 2-3 weeks at a time, especially if they're doing any international travel. During my travels, I run into people who have flown over a million miles and most have elite status on major airlines.

Featured Physician Executive: David B. Karpf, M.D.

This week, our featured physician executive is David B. Karpf, M.D.

David B. Karpf has more than 20 years of experience in guiding the clinical development of novel therapeutics, both at growing biotechnology firms and within large pharmaceutical companies. David is responsible for all clinical, regulatory and medical affairs functions related to advancing Virobay’s growing pipeline of novel product candidates.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2012 CMIO Forum by iHT2

Do not miss this opportunity to join leading CMIOs throughout the country in collaborative activities and discussions geared toward defining, solidifying, and promoting the role and authority of the CMIO in America.

iHT² CMIO Forum in Phoenix
January 17-18, 2012
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa - Phoenix, AZ

Panel Discussions and Presentations Include:
  • Change Management & Processes in a Complex Care Environment
  • Clinical Mobility: Leveraging New Technology & Maintaining Security
  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Managing the Legal Challenges of Physicians in Informatics
  • Beyond CDS: Business Intelligence & Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Strategies for Harnessing the Power of Innovation in Health Care
Attend the iHT² CMIO Forum and Receive CME Credits!

Business Networking Groups on Meetup

Are you looking to network with business executives in your city or neighborhood? You may find some interesting groups by searching for "business networking" groups on You may also find some social clubs and other interest groups on Meetup. For instance, you may meet people who have an interest in health information technology, social media, medical devices, biotech/pharmaceuticals, entrepreneurship, mobile devices, writing, etc.

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

From CMO to CEO of a hospital

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Sperring who is the new President and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health! Dr. Sperring (age 42) was formerly the Chief Medical Officer of Riley since 2009.

Here's a snippet from a recent press release:
As president and CEO, Dr. Sperring will be responsible for providing overall strategic direction and leadership for pediatric services throughout IU Health. This includes direct operational and strategic oversight of pediatric programs, services and facilities at Riley at IU Health, along with shared program oversight for pediatric programs based in the community hospitals. Dr. Sperring will serve on the senior executive team for IU Health. 
When Dr. Sperring first joined IU Health, he was appointed director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program for Methodist’s Children’s Pavilion as part of the Riley Children’s Health Partnership. He led the expansion of the program to IU Health North in 2005 and then both IU Health West and Riley at IU Health in 2007. Later that year, Dr. Sperring was appointed associate chief medical officer at Riley at IU Health and assumed the position of chief medical officer upon the retirement of Dr. Richard L. Schreiner. 
Dr. Sperring is a graduate of Emory University and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and served as an officer in the United States Navy Medical Corps from 1995-2001. Prior to joining the faculty at Riley, Dr. Sperring was a community pediatrician at the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and New Castle Pediatrics in New Castle, Ind. He and his wife Amie, a graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing, reside in Noblesville, Ind.
The transition from CMO to CEO wasn't very common in the past, but we're seeing more of these transitions as physician executives demonstrate their exceptional ability to effectively lead complex hospital systems.

Sample Federal Resume (for government jobs)

If you're applying for a federal job, make sure to format your resume to follow the "Sample Federal Resume" provided here on the FDA website.

This week, the HHS and FDA are accepting job applications from veterans and people with disabilities(more information here). You can find Veteran and Disability Hiring Resources here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

McKinsey & Company hosting webinars on health care consulting

I received the following email from McKinsey about a series of free upcoming webinars on consulting in the health care industry. If you're interested in a consulting career, I'd encourage you to sign up and participate in these webinars:

McKinsey & Company is hosting a series of web-based presentations for medical students, interns, residents and fellows. The presentations provide an opportunity to learn more about our firm and the work we do. These events have been created specifically for healthcare professionals and feature discussions of topical issues in healthcare. They also allow you to hear from and ask questions of McKinsey consultants with backgrounds in healthcare. The next presentation topic is:

The Role of Health Care Exchanges in the Post-Reform Marketplace
One of the central components of the new health care law is the creation of health care exchanges, which are intended to provide transparency to consumers about individual insurance products while simultaneously serving as the mechanism through which low-income Americans will receive Federal subsidies. Each state has the flexibility to design these exchanges, and the structure chosen will have a significant impact on the types of choices consumers in that state will be able to make. Join us as we review the most common Exchange structures and how they are likely to impact the health care market across the country
Date: Monday, November 21st
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET

Traveling to Phoenix for the Annual ASCP Conference

I'm on my way back to Phoenix (I was just there last week) and this time I'm going to Arizona for the ASCP (American Society of Consultant Pharmacists) Annual Conference. Our education company, MCM, is involved with a number of different educational activities at this conference. This year, we've developed a few symposia and workshops to educate senior care pharmacists about topics like pain management, MRSA, overactive bladder, stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, and Alzheimer's disease.

In case you were wondering, ASCP is also the acronym for the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Speaking of pathology - this is a popular specialty among medical students who have a strong interest in non-clinical career options. Pathology is clinical, but it doesn't have to involve direct patient care (depends on the type of pathology). At most, you may be involved with performing a biopsy or some other type of diagnostic test.

This fall, my travel schedule has been very busy. Next month, I'm traveling to San Diego for the American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference. Then, it will be nice to take a break from work-related travel.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Epic Systems to add 900 jobs (great for health IT)

If you've worked in a large hospital system, you've probably run across Epic. You probably won't see this Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution used in solo or small outpatient practices. Epic is mainly used in larger hospital systems. If you're looking for an enterprise-level EHR, then you've probably evaluated Epic (along with McKesson, AllScripts, Epic, Cerner, Meditech, GE, etc.).

Epic is based in Verona, Wisconsin and they are adding 900 new jobs. The rapid growth in health IT is truly exciting, but I often wonder if we're going to see a massive "bubble effect" in this whole industry. Several years from now, most physicians will be operating on digital systems, so new implementations won't be occurring very much, but system upgrades and overhauls are what we're likely to see in the future.

Interested in a career in health IT? Get to know the major players and attend large health IT conferences like HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) which is coming up in Feb.

National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

The 23rd Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare is coming up. This is a conference put on by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). It’s held this year in Orlando, Florida on December 4th-7th. In general, non-clinical conferences are a great way to expose yourself to some of the trends and issues in the non-clinical world. In addition to interesting and timely topics, the IHI conference is a great way to network with healthcare executives and others focused on the mission of improving healthcare delivery.

Friday, November 11, 2011

FDA and HHS launches major initiative to hire veterans and people with disabilities

Last week, the HHS and FDA held a virtual hiring event for veterans and people with disabilities who are interested in working at the HHS or FDA. If you missed that virtual event, you can still get information to apply for these government jobs.

Find the jobs on the FDA Job Center - Information on the numerous positions were accepting resumes for during the Virtual Hiring Event. These positions are located throughout the nation at FDA & HHS including the Centers and Operating Divisions.

Featured Physician Executive: Maurizio Voi, M.D.

This week, our featured physician executive is Maurizio Voi, M.D.

Earlier this week, the following press release was issued about Dr. Voi:

Curis Announces Appointment of Maurizio Voi, M.D. as Chief Medical and Chief Development Officer

- Dr. Voi brings over 20 years of broad industry experience including development of XALKORI® (crizotinib), Erbitux® (cetuximab), Sprycel® (dasatinib) and Gemzar® (gemcitabine for injection) -

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS), a drug development company seeking to develop next generation targeted small molecule drug candidates for cancer treatment, today announced the appointment of Maurizio Voi, M.D., as Chief Medical and Chief Development Officer. Dr. Voi will be responsible for the Company's development, clinical trial and regulatory affairs operations, as well as biomarker and translational medicine activities.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Futures in Life Sciences -Finance, Legal, and Operations Panel Discussion and Networking Event

Futures in Life Sciences -Finance, Legal, and Operations Panel Discussion and Networking Event

Date: November 15th, 2011
Location: MassBio Offices, One Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd have joined together to organize a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who will detail their roles and will provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions.

Jobs for Doctors in International Development

Author: Elaine Hirsch

Medical doctors help change the world one person at a time, both at home and abroad. Those working in international development serve some of the neediest people in the world. They provide free and reduced-cost healthcare for people who would otherwise likely go without. Many would perish without their care.

International development holds many opportunities for doctors. Doctors with expertise in a particular area of medicine can be of great service in a field with few specialists. From front-line work in refugee clinics in Africa to administering efficient healthcare programs throughout the world, doctors make a positive difference.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Veterans Job Bank

Veterans are experiencing disproportionately high unemployment rates as a result of the economic downturn. The Veterans Job Bank is part of a number of federal efforts to help veterans find employment that fits their particular skill sets.

The Obama Administration has launched the Veterans Job Bank, at National Resource Directory, an easy to use tool to help veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them. It already searches over 500,000 job postings and is growing. In a few easy steps, companies can make sure the job postings on their own websites are part of this Veterans Job Bank.

All of these services can also be accessed by visiting

Discussing physician executive compensation at #ACPEfall2011

I've spent the past few days attending the 2011 ACPE Fall Institute. Yesterday, I attended a session titled, "Cejka Search/ACPE 2011 Physician Executive Compensation Survey Panel Presentation."

The eighth biennial survey of ACPE members identifies key trends and factors driving today's physician executive compensation and serves as an essential reference resource for physician executives and healthcare organizations developing leadership roles for physicians.

Overall median compensation for physician executives in 2011 = $305,000

The two-year rate of increase in total compensation – at 5.9% – is well below the 11.6% increase reported in 2009 and the lowest since the 2001 survey reported 5.0% increase. Higher-ranking physician executives experienced a greater reduction in the rate of growth in total compensation than those in other roles.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Physician leaders learning about social media #ACPEfall2011

I'm in Arizona attending the 2011 ACPE Fall Institute and today, I attended a new session titled, "Social Media and mHealth Care." The room was full of physician leaders who are eager to learn about social media. How well do you understand social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.)? This new digital technology is here to stay and we're seeing a growing number of patients and health care professionals using social media. Therefore, it's important to understand the evolving trends around social media.

The speaker for this course was Ari Lightman, BS, MS, MBA, from Carnegie Mellon University. Ari is a Practice Professor, Digital Media and Marketing at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.  Ari teaches classes focused on assessing and measuring the impact of emerging technologies. Ari has over 15 years of experience in new technology development and commercialization.  He is the founder of Broadside Consulting, which provides consulting services to companies/organizations around collaboration, innovation and new technology development.  Earlier in his career, Ari was a member of several successful entrepreneurial high tech ventures where he was integral in raising over $60 M in venture financing, securing key partnerships and sales, and spearheading several initiatives from product management to business development.

ACPE Leadership Roundtable: Physician Executive Compensation Survey Panel Presentation

This afternoon, here at the ACPE 2011 Fall Institute, there will be a special session titled, the "Cejka Search/ACPE 2011 Physician Executive Compensation Survey Panel Presentation."

Paul Esselman, Executive Vice President and Managing Principal of Cejka Executive Search, will lead an interactive roundtable discussion with four respected and experienced physician executives.
Gain the insights and learn from the experience of these leading physician executives as they share their expertise on today's most important issues in compensation and physician leadership as reported from your responses to the 2011 Physician Executive Compensation Survey by Cejka Executive Search and the American College of Physician Executives.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Deep Medicare pay cuts could drive physicians to seek sources for supplemental income

Deep Medicare pay cuts may drive physicians to seek out ways to generate supplemental income. Some physicians may drop Medicare by changing their Medicare participation (PAR) status to non-participation (non-PAR). Of course, this will mean that thousands of Medicare patients may need to find a new health care provider.

Another option is for physicians to find ways to supplement their income through a variety of non-clinical jobs and opportunities. Some may wish to explore the world of medical writing while others may carve out some time to do some consulting. Many physicians are already involved in medicolegal review or reviewing medical charts to assess hospital admissions around "medical necessity." Adventurous physicians who have access to capital are starting their own companies (often on the side while they continue to practice medicine).

I'm now at the American College of Physician Executives 2011 Fall Institute

I'm now in Arizona attending the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) 2011 Fall Institute. I look forward to participating in the Implementer's panel discussion today with other entrepreneurs:

  • S. Hart Williford, the CEO of Ingenious Med, a leader in the field of electronic medical record software.
  • Joseph Kim, MD, founder of and a digital entrepreneur and technologist.
  • Don McDaniel, president of Sage Growth Partners, who is also a health economist, speaker and writer.
  • Eric Schultz, CEO of QuantiaMD, an online physican-to-physician learning collaborative.

At the Fall Institute, I'm also looking forward to these sessions:
  • Social Media and mHealth Care
  • Health IT Leadership Capstone
  • Three Faces of Quality
  • Solve This! Breakthrough Thinking for Physician Executives
If you missed the 2011 Fall Institute, mark your calendar for the 2012 ACPE Annual Meeting & Spring Institute.
April 27–May 1, 2012
San Francisco, CA
You can get more information about that conference here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Capital Network Life Science Fast Track

The Capital Network Life Science Fast Track at Nutter McClennen Fish (Boston, MA)
Nov 8, 2011

Unique Challenges for Life Science, Medical and Health Entrepreneurs in 2011

Are you a physician, innovator, or entrepreneur with a commercial idea that might be a startup? Join The Capital Network for this half-day event to discuss today’s unique challenges for life science, medical, and health entrepreneurs starting companies and raising capital. Learn from some of the leading life science entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, and accountants in New England and network with other life science entrepreneurs.

Building on the success of The Capital Network’s annual Fast Track Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs, this Life Science Fast Track is an intensive, interactive half-day seminar designed to provide entrepreneurs and investors an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early stage capital for a life science startup.

Learn more about this event here.

Featured Physician Executive: Dr. Douglass Given

This week, our featured physician executive is Dr. Douglass Given. The following information about Dr. Given is from the Arrowhead Research Corporation website:

Dr. Douglass Given is a biotechnology industry executive and investor with extensive experience in founding, operating, and financing companies for the successful development and commercialization of innovative technologies. Dr. Given is Chairman and CEO of Vivaldi Biosciences Inc., Chairman of VIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and an Investment Partner at Bay City Capital LLC.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Podcasts as career tools for physicians

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

Do you like listening to podcasts? If you’re like me, you like the idea that podcasts can add to your efficiency. You can listen to them in the car or on the treadmill. But it’s hard to know which ones are any good, right? I’m always looking for new suggestions. I’m especially excited to hear about interesting FREE podcasts that give me tools to make my life easier.

Online Students vs. Traditional Students

Are you thinking about getting an advanced degree online? Here is a fascinating infographic titled, "Online Students vs. Traditional Students." (you can click on the image to view it larger)

Online Students vs. Traditional Students

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Job Post: Mobile Health (mHealth) Product Development Leader

Job Post: Mobile Health (mHealth) Product Development Leader

This position will be responsible for leading a group of >10 product management staff in the development, piloting, and launch of Company’s' mHealth services.

* Oversee the development and management of the mHealth product strategy, roadmap and launch plans, including new products, new solutions, new features, as well as product retirement and technology evolution
* Oversee the successful development of new products and solutions
* Provide guidance to the product management team on how to determine customer needs, wants, and jobs-to-get done. Ensure that that information is used to define products and solutions.
* Ensure the development of grounded business cases for new product and solution development
* Lead, at the Director level, business and technology stakeholder teams through the full product development cycle
* Ensure the tracking of mHealth revenue, margin, and technical performance of the product portfolio, and instigate remedial action where necessary
* Collaborate with peers in development of an overall mHealth ROI tool that spans all mHealth solutions
* Represent Company mHealth solution at events, conferences and tradeshows to support the solution's goals and to generate leads
* Represent the mHealth solutions at Company and vendor executive briefings
* Participate in sales webinars to drive product awareness
* Ensure collaboration with the healthcare solution team to create integrated solutions as appropriate
* Ensure that the product managers conduct regular, recurring assessment of customer needs, market sensing, business drivers, and emerging technology trends to guide ongoing solution evolution and execution
* Lead coordination, as needed, of 3rd-party business relationships /discussions with solution and component vendors
* Ensure proper communication of legal & regulatory requirements for solutions so offer maintains necessary compliance (i.e. HIPAA, FDA)
* Ensure a good understanding of competitors and competitive offerings and substitutes and reflect that understanding in the product strategy
* Lead the establishment of key vendor relationships

Value-Based Health Care Delivery Intensive Seminar

Based at the Harvard Business School, the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness is dedicated to the study of competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions, and cities; and the relationship between competition and society. The Institute seeks to develop new theory, assemble bodies of data to test and apply the theory, and disseminate its ideas widely to scholars and practitioners in business, government, and non-governmental organizations such as universities, economic development organizations, and foundations.

The Institute is led by Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor. The Institute is dedicated to deepening, extending, and disseminating the body of research that Professor Porter has pioneered over the last two decades.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Economist's Which MBA? MBA Fair

Meet business school admissions officers, join new MBA webinars and download free career guides at The Economist's Which MBA? MBA Fair November 9th and 10th 2011.

At the MBA Fair you can:
  • Meet MBA admissions officers, professors and alumni
  • Chat with alumni, join webinars and download applications
  • Watch The Economist’s Business Education Editor interview MBA alumni
  • Log in from anywhere and attend at your convenience
Learn more and register here:

A lesson from your patients – negotiate

Author: Robert F. Priddy, President, third_Evolution

How many times have you said to a patient, “it would help if you would lose about 10 pounds,” only to have the patient respond with, “but I only put on two pounds since my last visit…”

To most physicians there is absolutely no congruity between being told to lose 10 pounds and responding with, “I only gained two.” How do the two fit together?! For you, it’s incongruous, for the patient it’s simple negotiations.

Physicians too often deal in absolutes whereas patients deal in shades of gray. Consider Kubler-Ross’s stages of death and dying… You’ve just told a patient he has cancer. What’s his reaction – no, it can’t be true. You say it again and his response becomes, no, and I won’t accept it – it’s not fair… followed by how can we work around this… What is your patient doing? He’s negotiating.

mHealth Summit 2011

If you have an interest in the growing mobile health (mHealth) industry, don't miss the mHealth Summit this December in Washington DC.

mHealth Summit
Dec 5-7, 2011

Mobile phone adoption has exploded across the globe, spreading more rapidly than any other technology in history. Capitalizing on this growth, mHealth—or use of mobile devices for health purposes—can revolutionize the way in which providers deliver and patients access care, and how all stakeholders use health information to promote well-being, treat disease, support population health and respond to health emergencies around the world.

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