TARRYTOWN, N.Y. - Some of the tri-state area’s top healthcare and technology providers came together in Tarrytown on Wednesday for the Westchester County Association’s Health Tech ’16.
During a daylong event at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, hospital and research leaders spoke about everything from “hospital without walls” and the importance of healthcare innovation to technological advances in the field this decade and the challenges they face keeping people healthy.
The event kicked off with a keynote address from former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a three-time cancer survivor spoke about his ideas for “ushering in what could be a new ‘Golden Age of Medicine,’ by embracing four key national initiatives: “streamlining the development of new drugs and medical devices, improving health information technology, expanding the use of patient-reported outcomes and sharing data amongst researchers.”
"The Health Tech conferences have attracted the best and brightest minds in the region because healthcare and life sciences is a $15 billion industry and a major economic engine in Westchester County," WCA CEO and President William Moody stated. "We have become a major hub for healthcare, health technology and biotech innovation, and that is creating opportunities for everyone who does business in Westchester."
Several dignitaries spoke and made presentations before keynote speaker Michael Dowling, the CEO of Northwell Health - formerly known as the North Shore-LIJ Health System - spoke about the nearly 100 joint ventures he has entered as he attempts to “disrupt the market” while taking calculated risks.
This year, a team from Mamaroneck High School crashed the party after their application - which is designed to make the technology of cell phones more accessible to senior citizens - took top honors at this year’s #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development over dozens of high school and college teams in the area.
“(Cornell University) Professor Glen Prusky talked about finding the perfect spot and pushing in the right direction, and I’ve tried to bring that mentality to my students,” Mamaroneck High School Computer Science teacher Jigar Jadav said. “I really get what he’s saying. Unless we start doing things differently, we can’t affect change.”