About HCI-DC Series

The West Health Institute’s “Health Care Innovation” series of conferences held in Washington, D.C. (HCI-DC) convenes policy makers and the public and private sectors to discuss innovative solutions to our nation’s health care challenges.

Past HCI-DC events have featured the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

October 12, 2010 –

The West Wireless Health Institute welcomed policymakers, health care industry leaders, innovators and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials to its inaugural Health Care Innovation Day (HCI-DC) on October 12, 2010.

Approximately 340 people participated in the event, in person and via webcast. Attendees represented eight federal agencies and a diverse group of public and private stakeholders. In addition, 30 companies demonstrated the breadth of wireless and mobile health technology. All of this with the goal of enabling a thriving ecosystem and spurring innovations that will make it easier – and more cost-effective – to deliver health care to veterans and all Americans.

To highlight and promote participation in the Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2), WWHI issued a $10,000 challenge to innovators to create an original wireless sensor or application that connects patients with their Veterans Health Care provider and targets one or more identified health conditions affecting veterans, such as polytrauma. Click here for more details.

April 28, 2011 —

The West Wireless Health Institute welcomed policymakers, health care industry leaders, innovators and the Food & Administration (FDA) officials to its second Health Care Innovation Day (HCI-DC) on April 28, 2011.

This year’s event, “A Discussion with the FDA,” highlighted recent developments and regulatory issues that remain to be tackled for wireless medical devices. Featured speakers from FDA included Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), and Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein, MD, Associate Director for Technology and Innovation, CDRH. The event also featured “Innovation Chats,” including an interview with Jason Pontin (Technology Review) who spoke to coming health care innovations that we need… and need to prepare for.

Approximately 600 people participated in the event, in person and via webcast. Attendees represented 8 federal agencies and a diverse group of public and private stakeholders. In addition, 20 companies demonstrated the breadth of wireless and mobile health technology. All of this with the goal of enabling a thriving ecosystem and spurring innovations that will make it cost-effective to deliver health care to all Americans.

January 26, 2012 —

On January 26, 2012, health delivery systems, physicians, innovators, policymakers, academics and venture capitalists gathered at the Care Innovations Summit in Washington, D.C.

More than 1,200 individuals participated in person and an additional 3,000 joined online. Hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), and Health Affairs, this event showcased care delivery and payment solutions already working in the marketplace, catalyzing the dialogue for applying and expanding successful solutions to lower the cost of health care.

The summit marked the third installment of West Health’s Health Care Innovation Day (HCI-DC) series, which convenes policymakers and the public and private sectors to discuss innovative solutions to our nation’s health care cost challenges.