December 05, 2019

ACR’s Thorwarth Opens 2019 Council of Medical Specialty Societies Forum


Dr. William T. Thorwarth Jr., ACR CEO and Council of Medical
Specialty Societies Chair, addressing the opening session of the
CMSS Specialty Forum (Photo Eddie Arrossi, EAPHOTO, LLC)
The 2019 Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) Specialty Forum brought together specialty society executives and physician leaders, technology experts and industry partners November 22–23 in Arlington, VA, to examine the role of telehealth, big data and AI in health care.

American College of Radiology Chief Executive Officer and CMSS Chair William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, opened the meeting by noting that technology in health care must be guided and advanced and that a “combination of humans and machines is the answer.”

Aneesh Chopra, president of CareJourney and former chief technology officer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, agreed. In his address on how open data, application programming interfaces (APIs) and payment reform will fuel care delivery improvement, Chopra noted that the health care industry needs to find ways to have much more rapid access to information.

“We are all sitting on a wealth of data, so let’s open up performance data to help patients navigate their health care decisions,” he said.

Data accessibility was a topic also addressed by Michelle Schreiber, MD, director of the Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to Schreiber, “We need to make data delivery faster so that it can be actionable in real-time. At the same time, we have to focus on security and make sure patients know that their data is being shared all over the place.”