HHS names first DSIIS meeting participants and date to unlock obstacles to health IT investing and innovation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Dec. 18, 2018 will be the first quarterly meeting of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS).
Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the yearlong collaboration of stakeholders -- including HHS officials -- who will discuss ways to accelerate healthcare IT innovation in September.
Participants in the Dec. 18 DSIIS meeting will kick off the initiative by identifying areas of interest to be explored and discussed in future meetings, as well as providing their perspectives on healthcare innovation and investment. HHS said working groups may also evolve out of DSIIS.
HHS selected the DSIIS participants from among applications it received Sept. 19 through Oct. 3, based on the applicants’ experience, knowledge and leadership in innovation and investment in the healthcare sector.
WHY IT MATTERS
DSIIS will produce “high-level dialogues” between HHS officials and private sector innovators, driving new investments in health IT. Deputy Secretary Hargan said the initiative is the first time HHS has reached out to investors to understand what is holding innovation back.
THE BIGGER TREND
Hargan has said that HHS sees the investment community’s buy-in on health IT innovation as key for bringing about the wellbeing of the American people. As part of the initiative, on May 24, HHS held Startup Day in Chicago, to bring together government agencies and prospective health IT investors.
HHS is working with Healthbox, a HIMSS innovation company and sister unit of Healthcare IT News, to help better understand the barriers to innovation.
ON THE RECORD
In mid October Hargan told us: "This is going to be the first time we formally engage the investment community. We work with providers, payers, pharma, medical device companies all the time – but we never talk to the people who are funding those to understand their challenges."
WHAT OTHERS INVOLVED IN HHS INNOVATION INITIATIVES HAVE TO SAY
ALL THE PARTICIPANTS SLATED FOR DECEMBER 18
HHS on its website listed all the digital health leaders who it considers “initial DSIIS core participants.”
Anna Haghgooie-Managing Director, Sandbox Industries
Annie Lamont-Managing Director, Oak HC/FT
Anthony Davis-Co-Founder and President, Linden Partners
Barry Uphoff-Founder and Managing Partner, Martis Capital
Bill Geary-Co-Founder and Partner, Flare Capital
Brian Thompson-CEO, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement
Dean Harrison-President and CEO, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Ezra Perlman-Co-President, Francisco Partners
Jim Rogers-Chair, Department of Business Development, Mayo Clinic
Matt Hermann-Senior Managing Director, Ascension Ventures
Mo Makhzoumi-Head of Global Health, New Enterprise Associates
Robbert Vorhoff-Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare, General Atlantic
Scott Hilinski–Managing Director, Nautic Partners
Stephen Kraus-Partner, Bessemer Ventures
Todd Fruchterman-President/GM, 3M