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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.”
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 email@example.com or 914-948-6444. The public is invited to keep up with all the news about Health Tech ’17 by following #HT17 on Twitter.
Sponsors of Health Tech ’17 :
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Journal News Media Group
New York Medical College
Northern Westchester Hospital: Northwell Health
Phelps Hospital: Northwell Health
Simone Development Companies
White Plains Hospital
Westchester County Business Journal
Social Media Sponsor
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP
Brown Gruttadaro Gaujean Prato Sasto PLLC
Citrin Cooperman & Co.
Corporate Audio Visual Services
Purchase College, SUNY
The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Westchester County Office of Economic Development
Health Tech ’17 Agenda
Registration and Breakfast
Ongoing innovation showcase: check out the innovative products from local and regional companies, colleges and universities, medical centers and more.
Morning Keynote Address
M. Beatrice Grause, R.N., J.D.
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.
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
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
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.
Joe Kochan, COO, US Ignite
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
Presentation of the Purchase College Science Entrepreneurship Award
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.
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.