• The Region’s Top Healthcare Leaders and Key Strategists to Speak at Health Tech ’17 Conference

  • SEPTEMBER 08, 2017 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHCARE REFORM, NYS GOV'T

  • Opioid Crisis, Cancer Breakthroughs, Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring, and Healthcare Policy and Its Impact on New York, Among the Cutting-Edge Topics to Be Covered


  • On October 12, the Westchester County Association, the region’s premier business association, will host our fourth annual Health Tech Conference with a far-reaching series of presentations and discussions about the current trends and advancements throughout the healthcare industry. Recognized as the leading healthcare business conference in metro New York, this year’s conference -- Health Tech ’17: Driving Innovation in the Region – will address the opioid crisis, cancer breakthroughs, telehealth and remote patient monitoring, and national healthcare policy as it relates to New York. Conference attendees will hear from leading strategists from HANYS, Shatterproof, NewYork-Presbyterian, Aetna, the harris project, Pfizer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and White Plains Hospital, among others.



    Health Tech ‘17 takes place Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, New York, and will bring together hundreds of top healthcare executives, entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, and academicians with a comprehensive agenda of cutting-edge and thought-provoking sessions and key speeches.

    Two outstanding keynote speakers will be featured:

    M. Beatrice Grause, RN, JD, president of the Health Care Association of New York (HANYS) will discuss healthcare policy in the context of the Affordable Care Act and the current political situation in her address: “Taking New York Forward on Healthcare: The Challenges and Opportunities”. In her remarks, Bea Grause will explain New York’s landscape in light of market trends and recent significant federal and state changes.

    Dr. Craig B. Thompson, MD, CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will give insight on “The Role of Specialty Hospitals in Maintaining Health and Healing Disease”. Today, there are over 200 distinct forms of cancer, some common and others exceedingly rare. There are also new forms of therapy, often requiring expertise that did not exist when most community practitioners were trained. When community hospitals and specialty hospitals coexist, the primary beneficiaries are the residents of that community.

    Two riveting panels are planned. Joe Kochan, COO of US Ignite, will lead the panel titled “Next Generation Telehealth: The Future is Now,” with an overview of how Smart Cities and high-speed broadband will be essential to the increasing importance of telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

    Kathleen O’Connor the public policy and regulatory affairs specialist for Shatterproof, will guide the panel discussion “The Opioid Crisis: How We Got Here & How to Fix it”. The opioid crisis has become America’s #1 public health emergency. Given the complexity and severity of the crisis and the costs involved in treatment and care, there are multiple touch points needed to address solutions in a coordinated, collaborative approach.

    Also at the conference, the winner of the Purchase College Science Entrepreneurship Award will be announced. Every year, Purchase College partners with the Westchester County Association to recognize a scientist who has made a significant contribution to science innovation in the region.

    “Technology is part of the health care DNA. It’s not if technology is used, but how,”” says William M. Mooney, Jr., President and CEO of the WCA. “Health Tech ’17 will help advance our thinking by introducing new medical breakthroughs, assessing the opportunities, and offering solutions.”

    Registration Information
    Full Conference:
    WCA Members $195
    Future Members $225

    For additional information and to register online, visit HealthTechWCA.com. Inquiries about sponsorship can be made by contacting Julia Emrick at jemrick@westchester.org or 914-948-6444. The public is invited to keep up with all the news about Health Tech ’17 by following #HT17 on Twitter.
    Complete agenda is listed below.

    Sponsors of Health Tech ’17:

    Sparking Innovation
    Montefiore
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Sustaining Innovation
    Compufit LLC
    Journal News Media Group
    M&T Bank
    New York Medical College
    NewYork-Presbyterian
    Northern Westchester Hospital: Northwell Health
    Phelps Hospital: Northwell Health
    Simone Development Companies
    White Plains Hospital

    Media Partner
    Westchester County Business Journal

    Supporting Innovation
    Berkeley College
    Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP
    Brown Gruttadaro Gaujean Prato Sasto PLLC
    Citrin Cooperman & Co.
    Corporate Audio Visual Services
    Entergy
    Pace University
    Purchase College, SUNY
    The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
    United Hebrew
    Verizon
    Westchester County Office of Economic Development
    WMC Health

    HEALTH TECH '17 AGENDA

    8:00 a.m.
    Registration and Breakfast

    Ongoing innovation showcase: check out the innovative products from local and regional companies, colleges and universities, medical centers and more.

    8:30 a.m.
    Welcoming Remarks

    8:45 a.m.
    Morning Keynote Address
    M. Beatrice Grause, R.N., J.D.
    President
    Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)


    “Taking New York Forward on Healthcare: the Challenges and Opportunities”
    In 2010, the Affordable Care Act became law, but recent federal actions have created the potential for a very different healthcare future. In her remarks, Bea Grause will explain New York’s landscape in light of market trends and recent significant federal and state changes. She will also outline how New York can best succeed toward improving care while reducing health spending over time—with a particular focus on the role of employers, communities, and policymakers.

    9:30 a.m.
    Presentation and Panel Discussion: The Opioid Crisis: How We Got Here & How to Fix it

    The opioid crisis has become America’s #1 public health emergency. Given the complexity and severity of the crisis and the costs involved in treatment and care, there are multiple touch points needed to address solutions in a coordinated, collaborative approach. You’ll hear from executives from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, New York State government, an addiction specialist, and a mother who was personally touched by the crisis.

    Moderator: Kathleen O’Connor, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Shatterproof
    Panelists:
    Dr. Jonathan Avery, Addiction Specialist, NewYork-Presbytarian
    Dan Knecht, CMO, Head of Clinical Strategy, Aetna
    Stephanie Marquesano, Founder, the harris project
    Mark O’Neill, Assistant Director, Pfizer

    10:30 a.m.
    Break

    10:45 a.m.
    Presentation and Panel Discussion: Next Generation Telehealth: The Future Is Now

    No longer optional for healthcare organizations, technology is now key to monitoring patient health remotely; providing the data and analytics critical to maintaining and measuring population health; robotic surgery; and ongoing innovation in telehealth. The goal is to achieve better outcomes. For all that to happen, we need the right digital infrastructure – broadband with great capacity and speed. Our panelists will address the role that technology plays in achieving these goals.

    Moderator:
    Joe Kochan, COO, US Ignite

    Panelists:
    Dr. Christian Otto, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Dr. Zsolt Kulcsar, White Plains Hospital
    Dr. Samant Virk, MediSprout

    11:45 a.m.
    Break

    12:00
    Luncheon Served

    12:15 p.m.
    Presentation of the Purchase College Science Entrepreneurship Award

    12:30 p.m.
    Luncheon Keynote Address
    Craig B. Thompson, MD, CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


    “The Role of Specialty Hospitals in Maintaining Health and Healing Disease”
    Cancer is increasingly a preventable and/or treatable disease. But it is also a lot more complex than previously believed. Today, there are over 200 distinct forms of cancer, some common and others exceedingly rare. There are also new forms of therapy, often requiring expertise that did not exist when most community practitioners were trained. When community hospitals and specialty hospitals coexist, the primary beneficiaries are the residents of that community.

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