5 reasons to attend #PTW16’s Digital Health Evolution Conference

A great opportunity to discuss Philly's lofty health-IT aspirations.

The 2015 Digital Health Evolution Conference.

(Photo courtesy of Griot Digital)

This is a guest post by Gia Harris, who works for the organizer of this event, Griot Digital.

While the healthcare industry is notoriously cautious of adopting new technologies, more and more hospitals and insurance companies are utilizing new digital health tools to improve the quality and delivery of care.
For the second time in Philly Tech Week’s history, senior decision-makers from Philadelphia’s major healthcare organizations and health startups will join in conversation over the city’s most pressing healthcare challenges. This year’s Digital Health Evolution Conference, hosted by Griot Digital and sponsored by Comcast, will take place on May 5 at the Pyramid Club. The theme of this year’s half-day conference is New Frontiers for Building a Community Health Network.
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Here are five reasons why you should add this event to your calendar:

1. The speaker lineup is impressive

This year, our speakers and panelists include a diverse group of nationally renowned healthcare decision-makers, entrepreneurs and researchers from across the Northeast. Leaders from Philadelphia’s Public Health Department and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services will also be sharing early results of the utilization of digital technologies to improve care for patients.
Attendees will learn — directly from the executives of Philadelphia’s largest health systems and health innovation centers — which challenges new technologies are and aren’t addressing today. They’ll also hear from the behind-the-scenes researchers and clinicians who are already pushing the boundaries within major health systems, such as George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health and the Delaware Valley ACO.

2. You’ll learn how to get customers, faster

As healthcare becomes more patient-centric and economically conscious, payers, providers and pharmaceutical companies are launching tech innovation centers to source promising digital, mobile and connected medical device solutions.
Ten years ago, no one would have imagined that Philadelphia’s major hospital systems, insurers and corporations would be working together to expedite healthcare breakthroughs. At this year’s conference, local and regional experts on commercial innovation from Independence Blue Cross, Health 2.0 and Jefferson will engage in a candid discussion on the art and science of securing healthcare partners and developing relationships with city and federal governments.


3. Hear from an intrapreneurial maven

Keynote speaker Dr. Lorien Abroms’ clinical research on smoking cessation made headlines nationally and helped establish the validity of text messaging initiatives for administering behavioral change programs. Dr. Abroms will discuss how she achieved buy-in from her hospital’s IT division and applied her clinical research expertise to mobile interventions.

4. It’s a great opportunity to network

If the conference’s impressive line-up of panelists and speakers isn’t enough incentive to attend, with an expected 100+ attendees, the potential to network is a huge bonus. It’s no secret that Philly wants to be known as a major health IT destination, but many promising startups have left because they found Philadelphia’s healthcare institutions to be inaccessible. This conference was expressly created to bridge the gap between Philadelphia’s technology community and the healthcare establishment.

5. Get your questions answered

Lucky for you, there will be plenty of allotted time to ask speakers and panelists all of your pressing questions. Whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur or healthcare executive hoping to modernize care delivery, our speakers are eager to lend their expertise.
With deeper insight and new professional connections, you will be in a great position to act on the information you learned.

Companies: Griot Digital
Projects: Philly Tech Week
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