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Greater Washington’s Health Tech Ecosystem Showcased at 2018 Capital Health Tech Summit

On May 10, NVTC hosted the second annual Capital Health Tech Summit at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. The Summit featured keynote remarks by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs CTO Charles Worthington, Samsung Healthcare’s Jerry Berger, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator’s Pete Jobse and Inova Center for Personalized Health’s Todd Stottlemyer. The event also included informative panel sessions and an exciting innovation flash briefings session. The Summit program was emceed by CGI Director and Capital Health Tech Summit Steering Committee Chair John George.

Charles Worthington, CTO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), opened the morning session with keynote remarks, highlighting the VA’s digital modernization priorities to improve Veterans’ access to VA benefits and healthcare. Digital enhancements include a new unified web login experience, personalized web health and claim dashboards and SMS appointment reminders. Worthington shared how the VA is looking ahead to incorporate technologies like machine learning and automation to improve healthcare delivery.

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VA CTO Charles Worthington gave keynote remarks at the 2018 NVTC Capital Health Tech Summit on May 10.

After Worthington’s remarks there were two morning panels on the latest advancements in precision medicine and enhancing the patient experience. For a full list of Summit panel topics and speakers, click here.

In the Summit’s second keynote, Samsung Healthcare Senior Manager Jerry Berger discussed how Samsung’s health technologies in areas like virtual reality and wearables are improving health outcomes and enabling patients to become more engaged in managing their health. Berger shared how Samsung is collaborating with emerging tech companies to launch the latest health innovations.

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Samsung Healthcare Managing Director Jerry Berger spoke at the 2018 NVTC Capital Health Tech Summit.

Following lunch, six area companies showcased their groundbreaking health technologies in 5-minute flash briefings. These technologies are set to transform the diagnosis and treatment of brain disease and cancer, how providers leverage patient feedback to improve health delivery, enhance the dexterity of prosthetics, and more.

After the flash briefings, there were two afternoon panels. The first discussed the flash briefings and outlined areas for future health innovation in machine learning and securing healthcare data. The final panel explored the wide range of use cases for blockchain in healthcare.

Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO and NVTC Chair Emeritus Todd Stottlemyer and Inova Personalized Health Accelerator Managing Director Pete Jobse closed out the program with a fireside chat, sharing how collaborative partnerships among Inova, the region’s research universities and emerging tech companies are spurring the holistic health ecosystem at Inova and its new campus and research center. Jobse and Stottlemyer emphasized health tech trends transforming the sector. In particular, Stottlemyer outlined how digitalization of health records, precision medicine and new virtualized technologies are improving patient care and wellness both inside and outside the provider setting.

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Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO and NVTC Chair Emeritus Todd Stottlemyer, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator Managing Director Pete Jobse and Inova Center for Personalized Health Communications Director Kelly Schlageter at the 2018 Capital Health Tech Summit.

View a photo gallery from the Summit.