St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston) and MedConcierge to Demonstrate Telemedicine Solutions at FTTH Council Conference

Top Houston Hospital Selects MedConcierge to Offer
Telemedicine to Corporations and Master Planned

September 8, 2009 (Sarasota, FL & Houston, TX) – St. Joseph Medical Center, the largest, Level 3 trauma hospital in downtown Houston, has selected MedConcierge to provide its advanced telemedicine solution to leading communities and corporations. Both parties will demonstrate the user experience and benefits of telemedicine during the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, September 27th through October 1st.

"We are very excited to demonstrate the MedConcierge at St. Joseph Medical Center service to local community developers and corporate executives at the upcoming Fiber to the Home Conference," states St. Joseph chief executive officer Phillip D. Robinson, "Telemedicine will clearly be at the center of healthcare delivery moving forward and leveraging the technological advantages of the MedConcierge service over fiber-optic communications will help us extend patient services, generate additional revenue and save costs."

"St. Joseph is a leader in the Houston area, and we are thrilled to play a role in helping them deliver health and wellness services to residents of FTTH communities in and around the Houston metropolitan area," says MedConcierge director Rob Scheschareg. "Telemedicine offers competitive and financial benefits in a cost-effective fashion that is critical in today's market environment. We look forward to meeting service providers and developers at the FTTH Conference & Expo who want to take advantage of the billions being spent by consumers and the government in the next 30 months on home-based telemedicine."

Substantial news coverage, increasing consumer interest and adoption, and the allocation of billions of dollars in Federal stimulus funds specifically for broadband and healthcare information technology have placed telemedicine at the forefront of applications that benefit from fiber to the home networks.

"Fiber to the home provides benefits to consumers and employers that truly improve the quality of life. From our own industry research to that of our members and market followers, it is becoming increasingly evident that consumers want the benefits of improved healthcare services and access to doctors that services like MedConcierge and healthcare providers like St. Joseph can provide," states Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council. "Telemedicine is a prime example of the type of applications that will be on display at our upcoming conference demonstrating the power of fiber".

To showcase the user experience, benefits and implementation of telemedicine services, MedConcierge and St. Joseph Medical Center will be hosting a number of activities at the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo.  These include:

Corporate VIP Demonstration & Reception, Tuesday, September 29th.  For more information call the Corporate Health Connection at St. Joseph Medical Center at (713) 756-8600. 

MedConcierge Booth in the Fiber Zone, located on the show floor during exhibit hours. 

Phillip D. Robinson, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center will be discussing telemedicine over FTTH networks as part of the Closing Keynote presentation Wednesday, September 30th at 2:00 pm.

For information about these events, visit the conference website at

About St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center, downtown Houston's only general acute care hospital, partners with Houston physicians to provide comprehensive health care to all.  As Houston's first hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center provides services for outpatients as well as inpatients, with a full continuum of care in surgery, cancer care, emergency care, Women's services, cardiovascular services, wound care, rehab, sports medicine, Corporate Health Connection and more. For more information on St. Joseph Medical Center, please visit or call 713.757.1000.

About MedConcierge, LLC

MedConcierge is the leading provider of telemedicine solutions for community developers and operators, broadband service providers, healthcare providers, and municipalities, that deliver personal, concierge healthcare services to consumers at home, at work and while traveling. Utilizing our award-winning, patent-pending technology, MedConcierge provides unparalleled private and secure access to certiļ¬ed doctors, specialists and content. MedConcierge offerings range from real-time, live videoconference consultations, on demand, 24/7 with leading doctors, specialists, psychiatrists and wellness experts, to educational content, health status monitoring and dynamic electronic medical records – all accessible from the comfort, privacy and convenience of homes and facilities. For more information, visit

Fred Trotter Announces FOSS Healthcare Conference, July 31st to August 2, Houston, TX

The local FOSS revolutionaries in Houston, TX have decided that it is time to restart hosting a conference/unconference focused exclusively on FOSS in healthcare. DOHCS ( ) is
awesome, but there is only so much that you can accomplish in a single
day. We
also feel that Californians should not be the only ones having all the
fun. So I am happy to announce the FOSS Healthcare conference.

The conference will be held here in Houston, TX the weekend
of July 31st to August 2. We are trying to coordinate to have the
WorldVistA conference at the same time/location, but for now that is
up in the air.

Early bird registration is really, really cheap. This is
very intentional. I know that budgets are tight and travel is often
the first thing to go. We are making early bird registration cheap
enough that you might be able to fund the trip out-of-pocket if you
are an individual contributor to a particular project. We also have
limited "spare room" availability so if you want to go, but cannot
afford a hotel, contact me offline ASAP. If I get an overwhelming
response to this, I may need to change to bigger facilities. So really
cheap early-bird registration has the added benefit of giving me a
good early head count. Early-bird registration is just $60 bucks. You
can SAVE TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS if you register early!

I have invited every project that I could think of, but I
know for a fact that FOSS in healthcare is much bigger than my meager
contact list. If you work with or know of an open source project with
serious impact in healthcare that might like to attend/present, please
forward them this invitation! Here are the rules for project

  • You have to be actually using the software live to be considered for
    a project invitation. No disrespect to alpha projects, but our
    resources are limited and we have to favor mature projects.
  • Project leaders can get two free tickets to the conference, one for
    a guest and one for a speaker. The speaker should be ready to give a
    10 minute summary talk on your project.
  • Please advertise this talk now on your own forums. The early-bird
    pricing, specifically for community members is only good for about a

I have already gotten commitments to speak from people that I consider
to be some of the top minds in FOSS healthcare. I can guarantee that
if you are a Medical or IT professional you will get good talks on
software that can make a difference in your world today. I am doing
everything that I can think of to ensure that different projects will
be able to cross-pollinate and grow.

If you are not sure if you can go… it is worth $60 to reserve a
spot… sign up today!

Ken Rubin on Practical Guide to SOA in Healthcare

From SOA Consortium

The Practical Guide to SOA in Healthcare, an output of the Healthcare Services Specification Project (HSSP), is a collaborative work of the OMG Healthcare Task Force & Health Level 7 (HL7).
The goal of HSSP is to develop SOA specifications for health,
specifically defining healthcare business services to enable
interoperability between organizations across the health domain.

not a standard, the practical guide provides context and guidance for
healthcare IT organizations and professionals considering SOA. Using a
fictitious example, the practical guide presents an 8-step process to
establish a healthcare SOA, from enterprise architecture through
sustainment, and includes valuable lessons learned.

During his
talk, Rubin spoke of the current state of global healthcare, and
anticipated changes with the new U.S. administration and Health IT
programs. Walking through the practical guide, meeting attendees were
keenly interested in the healthcare function to service mapping and the
reference architecture. Rubin emphasized that the reference
architecture is a starting point for people to think about the problem,
and extend and amend for their own situations.

Smart Phone Electronic Medical Record / Mobile Contactless Payment / Remote Monitoring, Developments Toward…

<ed.note>Since vendors are looking at remote monitoring for disease management I should list those as well. I’ll also be on the look out for sensors which are car-based now that wi-fi is available in automobiles. There are some parallel developments which I guess I should mention: Major League Baseball and other event vendors as well as transportation providers and social networks are putting the cell phone closer to the center of their business models. ( Robert Neelbauer on social graphs here — cells will eventually be tracked by them. ) Of course, on the other end of the spectrum is home automation.</ed.note>

Phillips (still using POTS lines)
Nokia’s Intellisync Call Connect for Cisco

Shout out to who usually gets these stories before anyone else.

The Tech Scene: Banking by Cell Phone – This Time It’s for Real?,
Use of Mobile and Wireless Technology Jumps in Hospitals,

iPhone ? ? ? ( Remember Osirix ), icefirst, liferecord, Access, aKos, ARANZ Medical, Asia eHealth presentations, Banco do Brasil, Blackberry [2], Diebold, Docobo, ebay VOIP (Skype), Gemalto, Google [2][3][4], INSIDE Contactless, J/Speedy, mBlox, mFoundry, Microsoft, m-Wallet, Obopay, payWave, Mayo Clinic InTouch, NTT DoCoMo, PayPal Credit Card, Privium, Samsung, telSpace, Telzuit’s Bio-Patch PDA,
Telemedicine & eHealth Directory 2005, Verisign, ViVOtech, FeliCa, [2], Mifare [2], NFC Forum, Blackberry, Ubuntu mobile, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications

Can Medical Banking Connect the Healthcare IT Dots for Politicians?

<ed.note>John Casillas testified today before the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) American Health Information Community concerning the medical banking vision of a unified view and unified platform to connect EHR|PHR, real-time adjudication, Healthcare Savings Accounts, High Deductible Health Plans, Consumer Driven Healthcare. AHIC decided at its November 29, 2005 meeting to form workgroups in the following areas: biosurveillance, consumer empowerment, chronic care, and electronic health records. Subsequently, at the May 16, 2006 Community meeting, two additional groups were formed: the Biosurveillance Data Steering Group as a sub-workgroup within the Biosurveillance Workgroup (renamed Population Health and Clinical Care Connections Workgroup), and the Confidentiality, Privacy & Security Workgroup, which was created as a cross-cutting workgroup responsible for an issue relevant to all the workgroups. More recent, at the August 1, 2006, meeting, the Community formed the Quality Workgroup to address the need for the development of quality measures; and at the October 31, 2006, meeting, the Personalized Healthcare Workgroup was formed to develop and make recommendations on standards for interoperable integration of genomic test information into personal e-health records.</ed.note>

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