Jeffrey Levy, MD, Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork, will be the co-chair and lead facilitator at the upcoming ASSET meeting in Manhattan Beach, CA on February, 21-23. The ASSET group (Alliance for Surgical Simulation in Education and Training) brings together key members of senior leadership from a diverse cross-section of surgical societies, accrediting organizations, the US military, and government. Its goal is to establishing simulation as a pillar in surgical education, training, performance assessment, and lifelong professional development resulting in improved quality and safety of patient care.
This will be the fifth meeting of the ASSET group, convened to share cross-specialty best practices, develop cross-specialty templates for curricula, assessments and validation processes and to accelerate and enhance adoption of surgical simulation. In previous meetings, a consensus driven framework for the design and implementation of simulation-based training curricula in surgery was developed. The results were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the curriculum template is being implemented by groups across the world.
During the upcoming meeting, two dozen national and international experts representing most of the major surgical societies across the United States will expand the consensus-based framework and create a validation study template. This validation template is the first step to establishing a uniform, interoperable international approach to the design of validation studies for surgical education and training. Careful attention is being paid to develop a template that can be utilized to evaluate almost any type of surgical curriculum, as well as, across surgical and procedural specialties.
At the conclusion, the findings and templates will be published in peer-review journals. Submission to participating surgical societies, the Department of Defense and the VA for consideration and adoption is the final objective.
Brian McDonough, MD has joined CaseNetwork as Chief Academic Officer to oversee clinical content development and assist the company in expanding its education portfolio. He brings to CaseNetwork his expertise in clinical innovation and technology and their impact on medical education and patient care.
Dr. McDonough is widely recognized both on the local and national level. In his hometown of Philadelphia, he is known as “Philadelphia’s Family Physician” due to his daily appearance on KYWNewsradio and his continued practice of family medicine. In addition to KYWNewsradio, Dr. McDonough is syndicated on more than 100 radio stations throughout the United States. He has been awarded four Emmy awards associated with his career at Fox Television and has recently created and hosted “Primary Care Today” on Iheart radio aimed at the physician based listening audience.
His academic appointments include the Chairmanship of the Department of Family Medicine and Chief Medical Information Officer at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE, as well as Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Temple University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and has earned both the IT Leadership Certificate and the degree of Certified Physician Executive from the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. McDonough speaks on a national level on the use of social media in healthcare, electronic medical records and patient portals and access.
CaseNetwork has added to its platform of innovative medical education products with the pending release of CareCases. CareCases is focused on the critical topic of transitional care. CareCases instructs healthcare teams how to provide coordinated cross-disciplinary care across multiple healthcare settings
One in five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, at a tremendous cost to the healthcare system. Medicare has instituted penalties for those hospitals whose readmission rates exceeded their targets, penalizing the institutions millions in forfeited payments. As a result of these penalties, hospital systems are implementing transitional care programs to better manage their high risk patients as they move across the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient. This new model requires additional highly trained healthcare professionals that can understand and provide the appropriate care to improve patient outcomes, enhance patient satisfaction and reduce readmissions.
CareCases provides a full curriculum to develop competencies needed for successful transitional care. This program, built on industry best practices, is applicable to all members of the team, from physicians to nurses to transition liaisons. Developed in cooperation with industry experts, CareCases will help reduce readmissions, avoid penalties and provide appropriate care. Release is scheduled for August, 2013.
CaseNetwork is set to transform medical education with the release of CoreCases in early Q3. CoreCases is a unique educational tool aimed at teaching medical residents and healthcare students using case-based curricula that incorporates competencies and milestones with tracking, assessments and reporting features. CoreCases is a six part solution that utilizes simulated patient encounters to instruct and assess competency in 6 core areas of medical education. Individual performance can be monitored and tracked and reports generated. Feedback is given immediately enhancing the educational experience. In addition, private peer to peer social networks are established to promote collaboration and problem solving. The entire program is accessible via mobile technology and online.
CoreCases was developed with input from leading experts at prestigious academic institutions. It represents a break from traditional medical educational processes and encourages individual learning and participation.
CaseNetwork has been invited to participate in the upcoming Med City News ENGAGE conference, being held in Washington, DC on June 5-6. The conference is solely focused on methods and models for patient engagement. CaseNetwork is only one of twenty companies selected as innovators in the field of patient engagement at this year’s meeting. CaseNetwork will be demonstrating their new product for Transitional Care, Care Cases.
Care Cases provides a full curriculum to develop competencies needed for successful transitional care. This program, built on industry best practices, is applicable to all members of the team, from physician to nurses to transition liaisons. Developed in cooperation with industry experts, Care Cases will help reduce readmissions, avoid penalties and provide appropriate care.
Susan Maley has joined CaseNetwork as Vice-President, Sales and Marketing. Susan has a diverse background in startups, high growth entrepreneurial companies and global organizations. For the last eight years, Susan has been involved in leading the Sales and Marketing efforts for several startup initiatives in the medical device and healthcare IT space; the majority of these ventures experienced significant growth and had successful exits. Previously, she spent 16 years in a variety of roles with a major surgical endoscopic device company, launching new products and managing high growth potential. She has a clinical background in Radiology and Cardiology and held clinical positions at Presbyterian- University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Ms Maley has a MPH from Columbia University in New York. She attended the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BS in Marketing from Thomas Edison College in Trenton, NJ.