NYeC recognized five healthcare leaders:
Transformative Leader: David Blumenthal, MD, President of The Commonwealth Fund, who is past Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare in Boston. The Commonwealth Fund is an independent research entity on health and social issues. Most recently, this Editor reviewed their paper on Spanish-language telemedicine assistance services [16 Aug]. Dr. Blumenthal noted the transformative spread of health records, to where a younger generation cannot conceive of dependency on written charts, and access of patients to their personal health records. He also noted the lack of system interoperability and usability. Will there be a disruptive entrant as he predicts in the future?
James (Jim) R. Tallon, Jr., former president of the United Hospital Fund of NY and former chairman of The Commonwealth Fund. He recounted the early years of NYeC (as a board member). In looking at the future, he hopes we can find our way to a more effective public policy. Overall, he believes that healthcare will be better organized and benefit more people.
Paul Macielak, Esq., president and CEO of the NY State Health Plan Association which represents 29 NYS health plans, discussed the benefits of building out ‘the next mile’ — the HIE for the Capital (Albany) region for the consumer and the provider communities.
Patrick Roohan, VP Data Management and Analytic Solutions, MVP Health Care, was formerly the state Deputy Commissioner/Director of the Office of Quality and Patient Safety. He noted healthcare’s growth through technology and the effect it will have on quality and safety.
The night’s final honoree was Eugene (Gene) Heslin, MD, First Deputy Commissioner of the NY State Department of Health (DOH) and a family practice physician from Saugerties. He praised NYeC as setting an example as an organization working for the greater good of healthcare, especially primary care.
Master of Ceremonies was the NY1 News health reporter Erin Billups.
The Gala was held at the Edison Ballroom, an Art Deco/Moderne themed room built in the 1930s as part of the historic Edison Hotel in the heart of the Times Square theatre district. The renovated room was a refreshing change to the usual cavernous renovated bank (a favorite for event spaces) or bland hotel banquet room, with a low theatrical ceiling and clear sight lines to the stage. With the venue, excellent food and presentation organized by Martha Bear Dallis, it was a memorable evening. Thanks to Jesse Giuliani of NYeC and Melissa Mansfield of SKDKnickerbocker