Best of Health Innovators in 2016

Jan 11, 2017 at 02:49 pm by Staff

By NINA TALLEY, Creative Director, MedSpeaks

With the New Year upon us, Health Innovators is reflecting on 2016 and all of the incredible growth we've seen in the Central Florida healthcare ecosystem. This year we hosted 13 events in two cities, featuring over 30 expert speakers, showcasing an amazing variety of innovative health tech solutions, as well as the clinician leaders championing to bring these innovations to their patients. Here's a recap:

Predicting the Future: Genetics, Cancer, & You

March 22, 2016 - Orlando Health Cancer Center

We were joined by Dr. Rebecca Moroose, a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer, and Board Certified Genetic Counselor Ryan Bisson, who discussed their groundbreaking work at The Cancer Genetics Center at UF Health Cancer Center -- Orlando Health. Their talk covered almost every aspect of their work at the Cancer Genetics Center, from genetics and cancer risk, to genomics and its impact on Precision Medicine and the future of cancer care. They also discussed the technology they employ for pedigree drawing, analysis, and risk prediction.

Emerging Techniques in TBI & Concussion: An Expert Panel

April 28, 2016 - GuideWell Innovation Center

We were so honored to host this incredible panel, comprised of Dr. Todd Maugans, the head of Neurosurgery at Nemours and the only physician in the country conducting research into the difference between pediatric and adult concussion; Dr. Linda Papa, who alongside a team of researchers at Orlando Health is pioneering a blood test for concussion biomarkers; Dr. Kim Manwaring, director of Neurosurgical Research at Nemours and inventor of some of the most widely used neurosurgical tools in the country; and Dr. Jackson Streeter, the Chief Medical Officer at Banyan Biomarkers, a company working to bring biomarker concussion testing to the market in 2017.

Accessibility of Healthcare Series

August 2, 2016 - Nemours Children's Hospital

September 22, 2016 - Orlando Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

October 25, 2016 - 'WHIT' Intelligent Home

This series of events was inspired by several conversations with healthcare administrators who were seeking new ways to increase access to patients, but were frustrated by the lack of constructive dialogue centered around the actual problems they faced. Each of these three events featured a variety of experts including (but not limited to), Dr. Shayan Vyas the Medical Director of Telehealth at Nemours; Lisa Martel the Women's Veteran Program manager at the Orlando VA; Marni Stahlman the president & CEO of the largest free clinic in the state, Shepherd's Hope; and Dr. David Metcalf the director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training.

In summary, 2016 was a year of many exciting changes, Health Innovators nearly doubled in size from 800 to 1,400 members, and we launched our first events outside the Central Florida area. In 2017 we are eager to continue shining a spotlight on the people, technologies, community organizations, and healthcare systems that are making innovative strides towards the Triple Aim. Stay tuned at Orlando Medical News for more Health Innovators content in 2017!


January 21
UCF Global Health Conference

January 25
BioFL & Health Innovators Meeting

January 31
SEMDA PitchRounds Road Show

February 1-2
Florida Venture Forum

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