The Digital Health Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities-Anne Merritt, MD-04/18/2017 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
The Digital Health Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities
Event Date: 
04/18/2017 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers- 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyvale
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
Anne Merritt, MD
Event Speaker Title: 
Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine
Event Speaker Company: 
Stanford University
Event Speaker Bio: 

Anne Merritt, MD, is an academic physician and healthcare consultant with over ten years of experience in healthcare technology, patient safety, and quality improvement. She is currently a Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. As a physician leader, she has developed strategies to engage physicians in professional development and managed cross-functional teams to improve health outcomes and the patient experience. She has also been an invited speaker at national medical conferences. In addition to her clinical work, she works with Life Science Angels, a premier angel investment group focused on biotech, digital health, medical devices, and diagnostics. She also works as a consultant and advisor to digital health and medical device companies. She earned her medical degree from Yale University and her business degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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With $4B in venture funding last year and over 200,000 medical apps currently available for download, digital health has captured the attention of investors, entrepreneurs, and tech giants across the US. The current digital health landscape includes a broad range of technology solutions that span different applications, from consumer wellness to telemedicine to data analytics. These solutions address healthcare across the entire spectrum, from self-management in the home to ambulatory and hospital care.

Despite growing enthusiasm and consumer adoption of digital health solutions, significant barriers make it difficult for early stage digital health companies to scale effectively or reach profitability. These barriers include physician and patient adoption, a lack of data to substantiate improved health outcomes and cost savings, limited integration into clinical workflows and EHRs, reimbursement challenges, and regulatory hurdles. A complex, fragmented healthcare system that continues to struggle with interoperability further magnifies these barriers.

Where will digital health solutions have the greatest impact? How can companies address these barriers to accelerate adoption? In what ways can stakeholders better coordinate their efforts within the digital health ecosystem? Using stories and examples, this session will dig deeper into the largest opportunities and hardest challenges that digital health will face in the future.