Healthcare innovation, convergence come together at MedCity CONVERGE

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Healthcare convergence is here. Data, technology and traditional healthcare have collided in a way that will change the medical industry forever. This is an era of change but also innovation: a new generation of entrepreneurs is coming from the tech sector to contribute to the medical industry, while at the same time progressive-minded leaders in hospitals, pharma, medtech and beyond are finding new problems to solve and new directions to chart for their sectors.

MedCityNews.com has been chronicling this innovation and gathering the entire healthcare innovation ecosystem in one place. Now we’re going to gather the key leaders in person on July 10 in Philadelphia at CONVERGE, a summit on innovation and healthcare convergence.

We’ll have the industry innovators — healthcare executives, entrepreneurs of all stripes, investors, decisionmakers in pharma and medical device, and beyond — to chart a course for new life science industry. We’ll discuss, among other things:

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  • How online collaboration and data will change everything from sales to commercializing research
  • What problems health system leaders need solved and how entrepreneurs and startups can best engage them
  • What industries like the medical device sector will look like post-reform and fully globalized

And we’ll host a startup competition to reward the most innovative company.

We have an amazing group of advisers helping us. Halle Tecco, who leads the dynamic digital health incubator Rock Health, is working on CONVERGE alongside Brandon Rowberry, the vice president of innovation development for UnitedHealth Group, who is working alongside Mike Hess, the vice president of corporate technology and innovation from Medtronic. And they are joined by other forward-thinking leaders from GSK, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Safeguard Scientifics, Benesch and Chrysalis Ventures.

“I’m excited for Benesch to be involved as a sponsor, and to personally contribute on the advisory board of the inaugural CONVERGE summit,” said Steven M. Auvil, Partner and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Benesch. “MedCityNews.com is one of the few places where we’ve been able to follow coverage of early stage companies developing mobile apps to neurology medical devices, and to hear from thought leaders transforming everything from pharmaceutical sales to healthcare venture capital. And, this conference will bring that synergistic discussion to life in Philadelphia, a city where healthcare and life sciences are thriving.”

Why CONVERGE? Why now? Because within years gene sequencers will handle 80 genomes daily. Because pharma companies now refer to themselves as data companies. Because every medical device will someday come with a mobile app. Because at a time when global opportunities have never been greater, entrepreneurs face the most unique and dynamic challenges to win funding.

And there’s also that thing called healthcare reform.

So I’d like to invite you all to come converge with us on July 10 in Philadelphia at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. We’ve made it easy for you with a special early-bird offer that represents a 40 percent discount on the ticket price. But it’s only good through May 1. Click here to register.

You can also visit our CONVERGE events section on MedCityNews.com for more details, which we’ll continue to update with speakers, a full agenda and other details. And you can reach out to us for questions or any reason at [email protected].

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Chris Seper

By Chris Seper MedCity News

Chris Seper is the CEO at MedCity Media, which publishes MedCityNews.com. He is also a senior writer at MedCity News. Reach him at [email protected]
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Chris Seper
Chris Seper

Elieen, sorry for the lengthy delay. Geri? No. But geri-related issues like telehealth, home healthcare and other related topics. Absolutely.

ebeal
ebeal

Chris, At the conf, what % of programming will be devoted to solving the geri-related data/tech/healthcare "challenges?" Eileen