Some of the brightest minds in healthcare and technology will gather in Cleveland Oct. 24 to 26 to examine the potential of innovation to reshape modern medicine.
The theme of the 2016 Medical Innovation Summit – “Innovating for Healthcare’s Transformation” – reflects the sense of urgency in an industry in the midst of historic change. Hospitals and medical centers are under pressure to improve the quality of care and to make it more accessible, while at the same time reducing costs. Brian Donley, M.D., the Chief of Staff at Cleveland Clinic, says those challenges can only be met by embracing new practices and inventions.
“Innovation is an essential part of this transformation,” he said. “Only through innovation can we successfully turn the challenges we face into better healthcare for our patients and our communities.”
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History proves that innovation leads to better quality and greater efficiency over time, he added.
“In every industry, as you improve the quality of your product, you reduce costs,” Dr. Donley observed. “Improving quality while reducing cost is something that innovation allows us to do in healthcare.”
The summit will showcase some of the emerging medical technologies, including virtual reality tools being tested by Navy Seals and surgeons for use in high pressure medical environments. Summit participants will also learn about the power of Microsoft’s HoloLens to transform medical education with its life-like holograms of human anatomy, the medical computing power of IBM’s Watson supercomputer, and some of the lifesaving innovations made possible by telemedicine.
The 14th edition of the summit – the oldest and largest gathering of its kind in healthcare – begins Monday, Oct. 24, in the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and the adjacent Global Center for Health Innovation. It’s expected to draw more than 1,700 industry leaders, investors, inventors, entrepreneurs, providers and payers. They will hear from top executives and innovation officers from some of the most innovative companies in healthcare. Topics of discussion include drug pricing, artificial intelligence, the wearables revolution and the impact of the presidential election.
Featured speakers include:
Ian Read, Chairman & CEO of Pfizer
Omar Ishrak, Chairman & CEO of Medtronic
Bernd Montag, CEO of Siemens Healthineers
Laura Wallace, vice president, U.S. Health & Life Sciences at Microsoft
Delos Cosgrove, MD, CEO & President of Cleveland Clinic
Jonathan Bush, CEO & President, athenahealth