Dr. Eric George

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Eric R. George, MD, is a renowned hand surgeon, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of Omega Hospital, New Orleans’s first physician-owned hospital; the Hand Center of Louisiana, where he actively practices; and ERG Enterprises, a $500 million investment firm committed to changing communities worldwide. 

In addition to practicing medicine full-time, he owns and operates businesses in numerous industries such as hospitality, real estate, oil and gas, education, entertainment, and consumer goods.

Dr. George credits his success and balance on the talented and caring individuals around him, who share his passion for meeting and helping others, as well as his loving wife, Kim, and two daughters, Chloe and Cassidy. 

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Livongo is a smart blood glucose monitor, supported by a personalized coaching service. Members of Livongo’s connected care community receive support from certified diabetes educators, who can offer tips, nutrition advice and advice on how to manage chronic conditions based on the unique readings received from each monitor. When a very high or very low glucose rating is detected, a human “coach” intervenes, contacting the user and members of his or her support team, which is comprised of family, friends, and medical professionals.

Livongo’s multifaceted approach leads to better financial and clinical outcomes, while simultaneously creating a better life experience for people managing diabetes. Powered by advanced analytics, Livongo creates personalized experiences for members so they receive the right information, tools, and support, at the right time, and experience the sense of empowerment that comes with knowledge and actionable tips regarding their disease.

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We: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World 

A new definition of “we” is emerging. No longer does it refer to friends, family, and those who share our point of view, but to our connections with the people we have yet to meet. While “we” in the traditional sense creates more division than unity, Eric R. George is proving the limitless potential of the new “we” to create a fulfilling life. 

How would our lives change by treating others as extensions of ourselves? By shifting our attention outward versus inward? By seeing every interaction as a chance to do and be more? These questions speak to the core of George’s book, We: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World. 

George shares the lessons and experiences that has led to his remarkable journey. From his work as a hand surgeon treating patients from every background imaginable to his career as an entrepreneur, his impact as a philanthropist to his commitment as a devoted husband and father, We provides a poignant commentary on the power of human connection. Filled with entertaining and profound stories from his life, We speaks to all readers regardless of age, interest, or background and provides lessons everyone can apply to discover a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.  

Glen Tullman

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Glen E. Tullman is Chief Executive Officer of Livongo Health, a consumer digital health company. He is an American entrepreneur and investor who has built, run, and sold businesses across a range of industries. He also serves as Co-Founder and Managing Partner at 7wireVentures, a $100M venture firm that is focused on investing in healthcare firms with a focus on the "Intelligent, Connected, Health Consumer."

Previously, Tullman was CEO of Allscripts, one of the country’s largest electronic health record and health information technology companies. Tullman grew Allscripts to more than $1.4B and took the company public. Tullman also co-founded SoCore Energy, the country’s top mid-market solar commercial installer and owner, and then sold it to Edison International.

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Livongo is a smart blood glucose monitor, supported by a personalized coaching service. Members of Livongo’s connected care community receive support from certified diabetes educators, who can offer tips, nutrition advice and advice on how to manage chronic conditions based on the unique readings received from each monitor. When a very high or very low glucose rating is detected, a human “coach” intervenes, contacting the user and members of his or her support team, which is comprised of family, friends, and medical professionals.

Livongo’s multifaceted approach leads to better financial and clinical outcomes, while simultaneously creating a better life experience for people managing diabetes. Powered by advanced analytics, Livongo creates personalized experiences for members so they receive the right information, tools, and support, at the right time, and experience the sense of empowerment that comes with knowledge and actionable tips regarding their disease.

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On Our Terms: Empowering the New Health Consumer

Healthcare is taking on a new definition. It no longer means physicians or hospitals, but whatever people need to stay healthy in this moment. This includes better information, support, connection to a caring community, and preventing expensive healthcare services. Healthcare continues to evolve under the needs and demands of an emerging and powerful player in the equation: the New Health Consumer. The Connected Health Consumer behaves far differently from a traditional “patient.” Borne of out a new financial responsibility for healthcare created by government regulations, they no longer tolerate a passive role or poor experience, and seek value and self-service for their dollars. They demand more and better information, transparency, higher quality experience, and affordability.

Dr. Shawn K. Smith

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Dr. Shawn K. Smith is a national leader on issues surrounding digital education and pedagogy and is currently serving as President of Modern Teacher. He is compelled to preserve education's rich heritage and support America's teachers and leaders as they transition traditional classrooms into modern learning environments.

Dr. Smith's extensive research and experience in the field continues to inform his thought leadership. Today, he collaborates with more than 100 school districts across the country to help them overcome challenges with technology integration. Learn more about this work and the work of the National Council on Digital Convergence here. In his role as President of Modern Teacher, he works beside some of today's most innovative and prominent leaders to challenge the status quo and find new, better solutions.

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Modern Teacher partners with districts and other organizations to support the transition from traditional classrooms to modern learning environments. Modern Teacher is an educational technology company designed to provide a research-based methodology for Digital Convergence in education, and it has created a technology-enabled solution to support districts in leveraging today’s tools across K-12 classrooms. Modern Teacher has assembled a network of like-minded professionals dedicated to supporting teachers in today’s highly connected, digital world.

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The Shape of Change: The Continued Journey of the Digital Convergence Framework

Across the country, a fundamental movement continues to take shape as school districts embark on the journey toward the personalized, modern learning environment. New champions begin to emerge and promote the transition. Instructional models evolve to accommodate unique profiles for individual learners. Curriculum changes to offer authentic learning experiences. Digital resources become integrated and connected. Professional learning programs prepare school-based leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher cohorts to lead and support the shift toward the modern classroom. The conditions are set for the modern learning environment to scale. And the next phase begins.

Heather A. Haugen, Ph.D.

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Dr. Haugen brings a research focus to the adoption of health information technology. She has more than 20 years of research experience in both the academic and private sectors. Her research and methodology is published in her latest book, Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for the Adoption of Healthcare Technology, which is the second edition of the healthcare business bestseller. Dr. Haugen regularly speaks at national conferences and publishes in academic and industry publications. In addition to her research acumen, she is a respected leader who has served in an executive leadership role for over 15 years.

Haugen’s research experience spans strategies to increase EHR adoption, overcome barriers to clinician adoption of new technology, institute effective health information technology education, and develop telehealth programs for disease prevention and chronic disease management. She has published in numerous health and medical journals, including the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, ADVANCE for Health Information Executives and Healthcare Informatics. Dr. Haugen also blogs on behalf of Xerox’s Healthcare Provider Solutions division on areas focused on overcoming the challenges of HIT adoption across the industry.

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Atos is a global company focused on providing digital transformation solutions to companies across industries. Atos’s Digital Health Solutions Division leverages financial and clinical data across the healthcare continuum, coupling new additions in technology with clinical consulting.

Atos is driving digital transformation in healthcare with practical and far-reaching initiatives: think patient record systems, smart hospital design, and secure mobility.
They also help healthcare clients control IT costs, while preparing clients to migrate toward the digital infrastructure of the future.

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Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for The Adoption of Healthcare Technology

Healthcare providers widely accept the need for electronic health records (EHRs), which demonstrate significant benefits to clinicians and consumers, including improved patient care and participation, cost savings, and overall practice efficiency. Despite the promise of EHRs, healthcare providers continue to face challenges optimizing their use. Resistance to change, low end-user proficiency, and poor training are among the many common problems organizations experience, especially as they seek to replace existing technology with more robust, integrated enterprise applications. So, how do healthcare providers overcome these challenges?