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In what will be his second week in office, incoming Westchester County Executive George Latimer will address the Westchester County Association (WCA) – the region’s preeminent business membership and advocacy organization
With a crisis as prevalent as opioids in America, nobody is protected. “Deaths in Westchester County have increased 200% in recent years,” noted Kathleen O’Connor of Shatterproof at WCA's HealthTech '17 conference on October 12. In fact, one out of every three families will be touched by this epidemic in some way. According to County Executive Rob Astorino, “this is the stark reality, it is a very lethal enemy that grows deadlier by the day.”
The opioid epidemic was a subject of a Health Tech ’17 panel, which was comprised a representatives from Pfizer, NewYork-Presbytrian, WMCHealth, and the harris project. The discussion was eye opening, inspiring, and in many ways, quite scary...
“There’s a sense of exciting things happening in telemedicine and technology,” said Dr. Christian Otto of Memorial Sloan Kettering at WCA’s HealthTech ’17, as he began his presentation for the panel Next Generation Telehealth: The Future Is Now. While still evolving, “Telehealth leads to longer survival, a 38% improvement in the quality of life, and 7% fewer urgent care visits.” According to Dr. Otto, telehealth will allow patients to:
• Include family members (even those living far away) in care decisions;
• Bring care and monitoring directly into the home;
• Access healthcare from remote locations without travel;
• See a doctor without missing work or needing childcare.
But will people use this technology?
Why Don’t We Have a Cure for Cancer? Dr. Craig Thompson, president and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) began answering this multi-layered question with a staggering statistic. “Cancer isn’t just one disease – it’s as many as four hundred,” he explained at the Westchester County Association’s recent Health Tech ’17 conference on October 12, which attracted over 200 healthcare and business executives. At MSKCC, he said they have the best outcomes for cancer care because...