The inaugural Capital Health Tech Summit took place on June 15, 2017 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. Following a series of “flash briefings” highlighting the latest innovations in health tech in Greater Washington, the Summit’s engaging Innovation Panel discussed how the Greater Washington ecosystem can catalyze and invest in innovations like those presented in the briefings. The panelists also discussed opportunities for innovators to work with the federal government to launch their innovations.
Panelists included FDA Senior Innovation Architect and Advisor to the CTO and Director of Innovation Steven Hubbard, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Executive Director for Innovation, Immediate Office of the Secretary Sanjay Koyani, Dcode42 Founder and CEO Meagan Metzger, and MedStar Health Chief Innovation Officer and MedStar Institute for Innovation Director Dr. Mark S. Smith. Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Robert Silverman moderated.
According to panelists, Greater Washington is a global leader in health innovation because of its:
- Wealth of talent: the region’s talent pool is hungry to make a difference in people’s lives
- Federal government opportunitiess: innovators can make a tangible impact on healthcare by taking advantage of real opportunities to launch technologies in the government (including challenge.gov)
- Unmatched university and health systems open to embracing new health innovations and incorporating them into practice
The speakers also discussed the need for new partnerships between health systems, the private sector and incubators to spur innovation, and the need for enhanced innovation in the area of home health and preventive care, a booming field.
View full video from the panel: