HCI-DC 2011 Recap

April 28, 2011—Washington, DC

The West Wireless Health Institute welcomed policymakers, health care industry leaders, innovators and 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.

Featured Speakers:

  • Don Casey, Chief Executive Officer, WWHI
  • Joseph M. Smith, MD, PhD, Chief Medical and Science Officer, WWHI
  • Jeffrey Shuren, Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)
  • Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein, Associate Director for Technology and Innovation, CDRH
  • Bakul Patel, Policy Advisor, Office of the Center Director, CDRH
  • Megan Moynahan, Innovation Team, Office of the Center Director, CDRH
  • Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Technology Review


Don Casey welcomes attendees to HCI-DC. Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein and Joseph M. Smith deliver keynote remarks.
Panel Session One: Can we talk cost? Innovations that target the cost problem - Joseph M. Smith leads a panel with Youseph Yazdi, Peter Neumann, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, and Peter L. Almenoff.
Panel Session Two: Spurring Innovation Here and Now - Mohit Kaushal leads a panel with Bakul Patel, Tom Watlington, Bradley Merrill Thompson, and Sami Hamade.
Panel Session Three: Leading the Way Perspectives on Navigating the Regulatory Process - Brian Dolan leads the discussion with Cameron Powell, David Zar, Ryan Sysko, and Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein
Evaluating Wireless Health Technologies More Efficiently: FCC and FDA Perspectives - Ed Cantwell talks to Kerry McDermott and Jeff Shuren.
Chat One: Opportunities for wireless health within the "Medical Device Innovation Pathway." Thomas Gunderson interviews Megan Moynahan.
Chat Two: Bold innovations we need... and need to prepare for. Joseph Smith interview Jason Pontin.



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