TT7's a wrap!


Tap into TechSpring 7's a wrap! 

We would like to give a big thank you to our panelists for their perspectives on how to better care for vulnerable populations.  

 -Dr. Orlando Torres, Medical Director of Baystate High Street Health Center, Adult  Medicine.

 -Dr. Andrew Balder, Senior Medical Director BMC HealthNet Plan; Chair Project  Baby Springfield.

 -Carrie Sibilia, Geriatric Clinician and Crisis Clinician, Baystate and Behavioral  Health Network.

 -Drew Kraisinger, Vice President of Innovation and Strategy, Medecision.

Also, thank you to Jennie Riley, an expert in philanthropic funding and innovation, for leading an informative and engaging conversation.  She defined vulnerable populations as including (but are not limited to) children, the elderly, and communities facing social and economic crises. She lead us through a discussion on how we can build partnerships among connected health innovators and programs/providers serving vulnerable populations.

Here’s an overview on how we can create better outcomes through the eyes of our panelists:

Dr. Balder - We need to look at many factors:

  • Race/Racism
  • Challenge in how our institutions relate to one another
  • Peer engagement
  • Belief structure
  • System Complexities 

Carrie - There’s a need to be able to see and understand the full picture

  • Treating people in their home environments provides important information that is not often disclosed at an in-clinic visit
  • There is a need for psychological in-home care
  • Outreach services coordination with health system is critical to treat the whole patient

 Dr. Torres - Defined ‘health’ as one’s ability to do your daily activities in a healthy fashion

  • We are all one episode or circumstance away from becoming a vulnerable population
  • Of the components of health, “access and quality of care” is one that folks in this room can address easily with technology and programs.  
  • Care managers play an important role as they bring more information to the patient’s story

Drew - Relationships matter

  • Aerial InCircle is a secure messaging app that is an option for patients to involve trusted family members and healthcare professionals in their care management

For more data and information on Springfield’s vulnerable populations, Partners for a Healthier Community’s Health Equity Report can be downloaded from their website. 

Thank you to the great group of movers and shakers that were in attendance last night.  Here's a list of all the people you met at Tap into TechSpring 7.  While you are browsing, be sure to update your profile and add a picture. Also, include your email address in the text box if you want people to be able to reach you.

We would also like to shout out the organizations that were here last night and recognize the need to work together for continued improvement for the populations we serve:

WestMass Elder Care


Behavioral Health Network, Inc.



Project Baby Springfield

Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc.

Thanks to Holyoke Hummus for catering ‘Tap into TechSpring 7’!

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