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Summit explores disruptive innovations in health care for aging Americans

May 12, 2015 summit logo

Recent technological, legal, and clinical developments are leading to dramatic changes in medical care.  While this shift has the power to displace many well-established health care players, it also presents an opportunity to form new partnerships and business alliances among industry leaders and newcomers to improve and enhance health care delivery.

The Summit will provide a platform for national leaders in public policy, health care, finance and the high-tech industry to assemble for a daylong discussion of the impact of these forces on the delivery of care for aging Americans.

The Summit 2015 will be held on Friday, May 29 at The New York Academy of Sciences in Manhattan. The Summit is co-chaired by Abraham (Avi) Seidmann, Ph.D., professor of computers & information systems, electronic commerce, and operations management at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, and by Ray Dorsey, professor of neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Support for the Summit is provided by the University of Rochester.

Emerging technologies, novel approaches, and new partnerships can and should address the health care needs of an aging population. The Summit will focus on key questions that are reshaping health care. Sessions will cover investment opportunities in start-ups and early stage companies, and emerging trends such as home care and mobile medicine. Speakers from disparate industries will share stories about their organization’s disruptive innovations and vision for improving the health of aging Americans.

“As we approach Medicare’s 50th anniversary, we need to ensure that distance and disability do not prevent beneficiaries from accessing the care they need,” said former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, the keynote speaker of the event. “This century has brought us technological advances that can bring death to distance and allow us to more fully realize the vision that almost anyone anywhere can receive care.”

Other Summit speakers include:

  • Former Senator Bob Kerrey, Managing Director, Allen & Company
  • David Brailer, CEO, Health Evolution Partners
  • Kai Hsiao, President & CEO, Holiday Retirement
  • Dan Pelino, General Manager, Healthcare & Life Sciences, IBM
  • Ralph Muller CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Seth Sternberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Honor
  • Peter Tippett, CMO & VP, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

The Summit agenda with a complete list of speakers and sessions can be found here.

A recent example of disruptive innovation is mPower, part of Apple’s recently released ResearchKit. A smartphone application designed specifically for Parkinson’s disease, mPower allows individuals to track their symptoms in real time and share this information with researchers. With support from Apple, mPower was developed in collaboration with speakers Stephen Friend, M.D., Ph.D. from Sage Bionetworks; Todd Sherer from The Michael J. Fox Foundation; Ray Dorsey, M.D. from the University of Rochester; and Max Little, Ph.D. from Aston University.

Another powerful example of disruptive innovation is a unique care plan initiative that will be announced at the Summit by former All-Pro NFL linebacker and yoga and mindfulness expert Keith Mitchell. The initiative combines holistic medical practices with traditional Western medicine to treat military veterans and former NFL players—a new health care model that could be extended to the aging population.

“Working with Dr. Dorsey and his team at the University of Rochester Medical Center on this groundbreaking care plan will enable us to provide sustainable and immediate care to individuals that are in desperate need of treatment,” said Mitchell.

“The rapid development of telemedicine for clinical care dramatically changes the well-established competitive boundaries surrounding care delivery for elderly Americans,” said Seidmann. “On one hand, patients are now able to receive quality care at home, as proven by recent studies. On the other hand, regional hospitals and clinics are at a serious risk of losing a significant portion of their patient population.”

“The convergence of technologies such as broadband internet, high-performance computing, telemedicine, remote and wearable health monitoring technologies, and point-of-care diagnostic are all combining to expand access to care,” said Dorsey. “The challenge now is to overcome barriers and move forward.”

About the Summit 2015

Bringing together 250 health care leaders, entrepreneurs, technology firms, policy makers, financiers and forward thinkers, the first annual Summit will discuss and foster adoption of technology-enabled solutions to improve the health of aging Americans. By focusing on high engagement and networking, attendees will learn, share, and evaluate transformative approaches and disruptive ideas to improve care and generate economic value for one of the country’s largest industries in one of its most vibrant cities. Visit the Summit website for more information; and follow on Twitter @dhealth2015 or #dhealth2015.


To register, click here. Register before May 22 to take advantage of early bird rates. Summit 2015 SPONSORS: IBM Watson, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Lundbeck, TouchCare, Grand Rounds, AMC Health, MC10, and Rock Health.

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