Health Tech Innovator Workshop
The Health Tech Innovator Workshop, sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), was a no-cost, interactive workshop designed to provide education and information that will help health information technology-oriented start-ups and early-stage firms enter and prosper in the health IT industry.
In September 2009, President Obama released his Strategy for American Innovation, calling for agencies to increase their ability to promote and harness innovation by using policy tools such as awards and competitions. These competitions, conducted by such programs as the ONC’s Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative, have led to a number of innovative tools for consumers and providers alike, tackling such issues as linking cancer patients with clinical trials, cardiovascular health awareness, management of care transitions, and reporting of adverse events related to medical devices.
However, innovations cannot be truly effective, and potentially ground-breaking, if they are not adopted and used on a wide scale. The Health Tech Innovator Workshop was therefore intended to help innovators move from product creation to market success. The workshop sought to educate attendees on several of the subject matter areas that health IT-oriented business will need to address or be cognizant of in order to succeed. Knowledge of these areas, including data privacy and security, funding in the health IT sector, and working with federal government entities, will provide a foundation for innovator success.
The workshop took place on October 11, 2012 in San Francisco, CA, and provided a mix of presentations, panel Q&As, and participatory activities. Attendees left the workshop with tangible, workable solutions to issues they encountered in the business development process. Additionally, participants benefited from the cross-pollination of ideas enabled by the intimate networking atmosphere and myriad of backgrounds and experiences represented.