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

AUGUST 31, 2017

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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 at This Innovative Conference, Hosted by the Westchester County Association

Thursday, October 12, 8 am–2 pm in Tarrytown, NY

 

White Plains, NY (August 31, 2017) –  On October 12, the Westchester County Association (WCA), the region’s premier business association, will host its 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.

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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

Social Media Sponsor

HealthlinkNY

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:

Jonathan Avery, MD, Addiction Specialist, NewYork-Presbytarian

Stephen J. Ferrando, MD, Director and Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry, WMC Health

Dan Knecht, MD, 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:

Christian Otto, MD, Director, TeleOncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Zsolt Kulcsar, MD, Rheumatologist, White Plains Hospital

Corey Scurlock, MD, eHealth Center, WMC Health

Samant Virk, MD, CEO, 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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About WCA

The Westchester County Association (www.westchester.org) is the preeminent business leadership organization serving Westchester County. The Association is committed to business advocacy, economic vitality and to providing a strong and clear voice for the interests of businesses on the regional, national and international levels. Its key objectives are promoting positive economic development in the region; fostering business development; and providing its members with access and interaction with key public and private sector individuals, agencies, and organizations.