During the summer of 2014, the Seattle Health Innovation Forum’s program planning team explored some of the most interesting new digital health companies in our area. We recruited 9 leaders from these organizations to lead the September Forum’s structured networking event. In a departure from the panels and pitches so frequently encountered at meetups we wanted a more active experience to tap the collective energy of the community. We asked CEOs and COOs from these 9 companies chose key topics for individual and small group discussions.
The answer to the question- “what would you like to talk about?” resulted in the following topics:
- Electronic Health Record data integration
- The post-EHR healthcare environment
- Predictive analytics for health risk stratification
- Operational excellence in digital health
- Mobile health in emerging markets
- Personalized medicine: using genomics to guide therapies
- Digital support for people with diabetes
- How can Seattle healthcare startups break into the existing insurance broker and employer markets?
After hearing what each of these digital health leaders were interested in talking about we dispersed into small groups to explore each topic. Participants included investors, entrepreneurs, employees of local healthcare providers, design firms, and individual community members interested in meeting others with an interest in transforming health and health care.
Our purpose was to allow participants to meet new people, encounter new ideas, and to help build the relationships that will lead to a stronger health innovation ecosystem. In the weeks since the event I’ve heard from a number of participants who subsequently had follow-up meetings with people they met at the event. The program committee is now planning future events ranging from population health to emergency services. To join the distribution list for future events please sign up on our Meetup site.
The September Health Innovation event was sponsored by SURF Incubator, Tactile Design, and Solomon Consulting, and was made possible through the work of volunteers Brady Ryan, Miwa Monji, John Foy, Scott Kennedy, Chelsea Steinborn, Ed Butler, Martin Suchorolski, Manin duBois, and Gareth Best.