SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wireless Life Sciences Alliance's annual flagship event, its 10th annual Convergence Summit devoted to speeding the adoption of innovative healthcare technologies, will be held May 26 – 28 at San Diego's Omni Hotel.
The meeting gathers the most committed companies and leaders in connected health to highlight the use of digital health technologies and tech-enabled services that address the most important patient engagement and public health issues. Participants include representatives and CEOs of leading technology and healthcare companies, medical and government organizations and individuals who are the most committed to improving the health of people and transforming healthcare.
"The technology, mobile and consumer product sectors have fully embraced the connected digital health sector," said Rob McCray, co-founder, President and CEO of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance. "Policy makers, payors and consumers recognize the shortcomings in our current healthcare system, and the life sciences sector is embracing digital technologies. Attendees and speakers at this year's Convergence Summit will share knowledge and insights on key issues, while all attendees of this exclusive meeting can build personal relationships that accelerate the creation, approval and adoption of better health solutions for institutions and consumers."
Key topics on the Convergence Summit agenda include:
Creating Better Products. Faster. An exploration of the digital tools for accelerating the discovery, creation and integration of devices, drugs, applications and information into tech-enabled services for consumer and institutional channels.
Critical Policy Issues. This will be a deep dive into the steps that are being taken to address the principal regulatory and policy impediments to the adoption of connected health tools. Special focus will be given to efforts currently underway and planned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and their departments, the Food and Drug Administration and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology along with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
What Do Buyers Want? Leading hospital systems and other customers are now embracing new business models and connected health tools. Their leadership will describe what they need from the connected health community.
Voices of Patients and Consumers. What do the end users want? What are they buying? What will cause them to share crucial information about their personal outcomes?
Keynoting the annual event will be Dr. Eric Topol, author of "The Patient Will See You Now" and "The Creative Destruction of Medicine" and Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). Topol is being joined by Google's Brian Otis, Ph.D., Project Lead, for Google X focusing on the Smart Contact Lens.
"The participation of Dr. Topol and Professor Otis demonstrates the level of interest and importance the Convergence Summit has conveyed to the cross section of industries the WLSA serves.
"For ten years the speakers and attendees of the Convergence Summit have described and created the near and long term future of healthcare," added McCray. "Dr. Topol's and Professor Otis' insights on trend-setting topics range from the changing world of payments, treatments, patient diagnoses, hospitalization and more. They, along with other world class speakers, underscore the Summit's significance."
iAward Winners To Be Announced
In addition to the speakers and wide range of topics to be discussed, the 7th Annual TripleTree iAwards for Connected Health will recognize three best-in-class winners from a pool of nine Finalists and nearly 60 applicants. This year's Finalists include Alegeus Technologies, ArborMetrix, Emmi Solutions, GoodRx, HealthPrize Technologies, Intelligent InSites, Magellan Health/Cobalt, Vital Connect and Welltok. Past iAward Winners have included Airstrip, ShapeUp, Healthagen, and Homecare Homebase.
Nordic Connected Health Star Track Debuts
New to this year's Convergence Summit is the "Nordic Connected Health Star Track," a collaborative initiative to accelerate the success and international scaling of the best startups in the Nordic countries. Financed by the mobile industry and various Nordic government groups, the Connected Health Star Track features organizations and companies from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark that are traveling to the U.S. to highlight their region's level of innovation with a unique "Nordic Connected Health Startrack Reception." There, business advisors with entrepreneurial and regulatory expertise, rapid prototyping and other activities will share where collaborations can be made with U.S. companies to better compete in the global marketplace and to discover new business through the WLSA partnership. Keynoting on behalf of the Nordic Connected Health initiative will be Bjorn Ekelund, Head of Device Technology and Ecosystem at Ericsson.
Registration and Additional Information
To register, or to obtain additional information about the Convergence Summit, visit the WLSA's Convergence Summit web site or call WLSA's San Diego office at 1-858-227-9409 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT.
About Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)
The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is a special-purpose trade organization committed to accelerating the adoption of innovative technologies for personalized health and healthcare. Our community includes C-suite and senior-level executives, entrepreneurs, operating companies of all sizes, foundations, educational institutions, scientists, physicians, and policy makers. The WLSA is dedicated to creating value and improving health, globally, by stimulating the implementation of technologies that empower consumers and innovative institutions. WLSA partners and companies all over the world are using wireless and connected health innovations to better manage chronic conditions, pre-empt disease and improve the lives of the elderly and under-served populations.
SOURCE Wireless Life Sciences Alliance