ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's Presidential primary campaign has largely ignored an issue paramount to a growing segment of our population. Nearly 90% of Americans prefer to age at home, yet barriers, such as antiquated reimbursement and licensing policies, prevent Americans from realizing this goal. To address this political "blind spot," the d.health Executive Summit on Wednesday, May 4 at The New York Academy of Sciences will assemble health, technology, finance and policy leaders to discuss today's best ideas, form tomorrow's partnerships, and launch the care models of the future.
"Fueled by advances in technology, individuals with virtually any condition can now be seen by a remote specialist over the internet," said Senator Tom Daschle, a member of the 2016 d.health Advisory Board. "This next generation house call is providing millions of Americans unprecedented care, convenience, and comfort. However, outdated public policies are preventing more than 50 million Medicare beneficiaries from receiving this care at home."
"Care can and should move out of the hospital," said Bruce Leff, MD, geriatrician and director for the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Leff, also a member of the d.health Advisory Board, stated, "As the health system shifts to value-based care, home care will challenge the traditional, facility-based model."
The d.health Summitagenda features more than 10 CEOs and numerous thought leaders who are disrupting healthcare to modernize homecare, provide virtual visits into the home, transform the insurance industry, redesign and reframe successful aging, and revolutionize medical education. Noted journalists from The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Fast Company will moderate the panel sessions.
Stephen Johnston, co-founder of Aging2.0, will speak about "Partnership Opportunities" and new entrants to healthcare will provide unique perspectives. Stephanie Tilenius, a former Google executive who recently launched the wellness app Vida, will join journalist Christina Farr and Grand Rounds CEO, Owen Tripp, to chat about "Investment Opportunities in the Aging in Place Market."
Seth Sternberg, co-founder and CEO of Honor, a disruptive Silicon-Valley start-up that is rapidly modernizing home care, will close the program. Sternberg and Honor, which recently added Dr. Leff and AARP Board Chair Carol Raphael as advisors, have been in the news numerous times this year, most recently announcing a novel partnership with the American Cancer Society.
The d.health Executive Summit 2016 will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center (250 Greenwich St., 40th Floor), New York, NY. The Summit is co-chaired by two national experts: Abraham (Avi) Seidmann, Ph.D., Professor of Computers & Information Systems, Electronic Commerce, and Operations Management at the Simon Business School and by Ray Dorsey, M.D., Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
"The healthcare paradigm is shifting and new technologies are accelerating the shift, especially for more vulnerable populations such as elderly Americans," said Seidmann. "Everyone needs to align their efforts – traditional healthcare institutions and purveyors of newer models of care such as telemedicine – to deliver low cost, high quality care in the face of ballooning costs and increased competition."
"We need to develop novel partnerships and disruptive, technology-enabled models to ensure that anyone anywhere can receive care and participate in research," said Dorsey, who helped develop the mPower smartphone app for Parkinson disease as part of Apple's ResearchKit and recently announced companion, CareKit.
About the d.health Summit 2016 The d.health Summit assembles 250 healthcare leaders, entrepreneurs, technology firms, policy makers, financiers and forward thinkers to discuss and foster adoption of technology-enabled solutions to improve the health of Aging Americans. By focusing on high engagement and networking, attendees will learn, share and evaluate transformative approaches and disruptive ideas to improve care and generate economic value for one of the country's largest industries in one of its most vibrant cities. Visit the d.health Summit website for more information; and follow on Twitter @dhealth2016 or #dhealth2016.
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