MedTech: Solving the Biggest Health Inequities - HYBRID

Virtual session

June 17, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Room: Delaware River Zoom

(Link will go live on 06/17/2021)

Please note, this is a Hybrid session meaning you can attend in-person or join us virtually using the button above. Despite rapid innovation in medical technologies, inequities in healthcare are increasing in many of the world’s most developed countries. In order to address these issues, the medical technology industry must be strategic in both planning and execution of healthcare delivery. By eliminating bias and other inequities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and any other consideration, new technologies in healthcare will become more efficient and improve health outcomes on a global scale. Join us for this panel where experts in the industry will weigh in and discuss actionable ways that developments in MedTech can solve the biggest health inequities. Moderator: Panelists: Jeff Hornstein: Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia in February 2018, Jeff served as Director of Financial and Policy Analysis for the Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz, where he advised the Controller and worked on critical issues relating to Philadelphia's fiscal and economic health and supervised the production of numerous dozen data-driven analyses. In his civic life, Jeff served ten years on the board of Queen Village Neighbors Association, including two terms as president from 2012-16.  He currently chairs the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, a citywide organization representing 35 civic associations, and helped to found Friends of Neighborhood Education.  In 2019, he was invited to attend the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society.  He is a member of the National Anchor Institution Task Force, an advisory board member of the Social Innovations Journal, and serves as Vice President of Philadelphia Committee on City Policy.  He is an adjunct faculty member at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on Philadelphia political economy. After leaving academia in 2001 with a PhD in business history and publication of a book on the real estate industry "A Nation of Realtors," Jeff spent a decade in the labor movement.  He helped low-wage workers in the service and education sectors build workplace and political power.  He ran for City Council in 2011.  Born in Brooklyn, a product of public schools in Matawan, NJ, with degrees from MIT, Penn, and the University of Maryland, he has called Philadelphia home since 2001. Sansanee Craig, M.D.: Dr. Craig is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a board certified clinical informatician in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is the physician lead on digital health equity efforts in the Digital Health team at CHOP,  and co-leads the Health Equity Certificate Program within the Center for Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work is focused on leveraging health information technology to close gaps in disparities locally and globally.  Dr. Craig leads regional and national working groups focused on telehealth equity. Dr. Craig was born and raised in Thailand, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, NY; medical degree from the Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University, Israel; and completed pediatric residency with a global health track at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. After residency, she worked as a community hospitalist in Minneapolis and Baltimore for a few years before moving to Philadelphia to complete a Clinical Informatics fellowship. In her fellowship, she focused on global health informatics initiatives in the Dominican Republic, institutional disparities in patient portal activation and utilization, and multilingual telemedicine implementation. Kwame Ulmer is a venture partner at Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health - the leading Southern-California based, early stage venture capital firm (Seed and Series A) focused on the healthcare industry. He participates in all aspects of fund management (e.g. deal sourcing, diligence, negotiation and advising portfolio company management teams). Kwame brings nearly twenty years of experience evaluating medical technologies in the government and private sector, and serving in senior operating roles at medical device companies. He has personally evaluated more than 1,000 medical technologies in his career. Kwame spent 12 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in progressive leadership roles, including Deputy Director and Branch Chief. He also served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Implant Direct, a Danaher Corporation operating company. Kwame serves on the board of the University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures Group. He is also a lecturer and researcher in MedTech Innovation at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kwame earned his B.S. in Physics from Lincoln University, and has two Masters degrees from the University of Virginia, in Materials Engineering and Business Administration.
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