Greater Washington’s Unique Health Tech Assets Showcased at NVTC’s Inaugural Capital Health Tech Summit
On June 15, NVTC hosted the inaugural Capital Health Tech Summit at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. With over 200 attendees, the Summit featured keynote remarks by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. Don Rucker and University of Virginia Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Richard Shannon. Panel sessions included experts from world leading health systems, universities and firms developing the latest health technologies. The Capital Health Tech Summit showcased the intersection of commercial, government and academic assets that makes Greater Washington the epicenter for innovation in the health technology sector.
The Summit program was emceed by PwC Mid-Atlantic Sales and Marketing Leader Carl Rosenblatt. Sen. Tim Kaine opened the morning session with a discussion on healthcare reform, highlighting the lasting role technologies like telehealth, personalized medicine and genomics will play in making healthcare delivery more efficient and improving health outcomes over the long term. Sen. Kaine discussed how healthcare reform also requires addressing workforce and higher education gaps in in the technology sector today and how Northern Virginia has a unique advantage addressing these gaps with its top universities and innovative companies.
In the Summit’s second keynote, University of Virginia (UVA) Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Richard Shannon emphasized the importance of process improvement in advancing health outcomes and shifting emphasis in healthcare from treatment to wellness and prevention. Dr. Shannon described how technology will be transformative in this process and shared examples of how UVA is implementing new technologies like remote patient monitoring to improve infrastructure burdens and embedded IoT technologies in ambulances to accelerate treatment time. Dr. Shannon closed his keynote stressing the significance of cross-collaboration among health systems, universities and the private sector to fuel health innovation and improve health outcomes.
After Dr. Shannon’s remarks, there were three morning panel sessions that explored the cybersecurity threats and opportunities in healthcare; data analytics and the implications of machine learning in health; and the latest advancements in pharmacogenomics.
For a full list of Summit panel topics and speakers, click here.
Following lunch, seven area companies showcased their groundbreaking health technologies in five-minute flash briefings. These technologies are set to transform health in areas like infection diagnosis, cancer treatment, senior home care and emergency services delivery.
After the flash briefings, speakers from FDA, Dcode42, DHS, MedStar Health participated on an innovation panel to react to the flash briefings and discuss the Greater Washington region’s unique strengths in talent, government and venture capital funding and plentiful opportunities to solve problems that will have a meaningful impact on health. In the final panel of the program, panelists discussed examples of telehealth and remote patient monitoring being deployed in the field today and the potential for growth in the sector.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. Don Rucker provided the Summit’s closing keynote. Dr. Rucker shared ONC’s focus on usability and interoperability to improve healthcare delivery. He also shared how ONC is collaborating with other agencies to make process improvements and open up APIs to fuel innovation, especially in mobile health, to ensure devices are able to communicate with each other.
NVTC Chair and CEO of the Inova Center for Personalized Health Todd Stottlemyer closed out the program with remarks that highlighted technology’s foundational role in improving health outcomes, increasing access and addressing healthcare costs. Emphasizing the region’s enormous strengths and capabilities, he urged attendees to collaborate to take advantage of the opportunity to be a national and global leader in the health tech sector.
Throughout the upcoming weeks we will be sharing additional content from the Capital Health Tech Summit and its panels on the NVTC Blog and on YouTube. Please stay tuned!