UPMC Enterprises and the Center for Connected Medicine Host 2024 Top of Mind Summit: Digital Health

Center for Connected Medicine Digital Solutions Events

UPMC Enterprises and the Center for Connected Medicine at UPMC (CCM) hosted the Top of Mind Summit: Digital Health on April 15 and 16, 2024, at the CCM. The invite-only event brought together leaders and innovators in health care to share insights and discuss pressing issues facing health systems including AI, patient care technologies, and more.

Summit Highlights and Themes

More than 60 leaders from health systems, venture capital, technology, and other health care stakeholders came together for two days of thought leadership, interactive panels, and engaging roundtables.

UPMC Enterprises leadership and staff, including President Jeanne Cunicelli, Executive Vice President Brent Burns, Senior Vice President of Product Development Jeffrey Jones, and Vice President of Market Development Mary Beth Navarra-Sirio, led the summit and set the tone for the panel and roundtable discussions. While topics were diverse, a few key themes emerged:

  • The power of AI to transform health care for patients and providers.
  • The importance of collaboration and strategic partnerships in women’s health.
  • Opportunities in venture investing as health systems look to diversify revenue sources.

UPMC Enterprises leaders took center stage at Top of Mind, highlighting the organization’s depth and expertise regarding innovation and technology empowering UPMC.

Jeffrey Jones moderated a panel titled “Overcoming Challenges on the Path to AI Implementation.” Panelists included Leo Anthony Celi, Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Shauna Overgaard, Co-Director of AI Validation and Stewardship, Mayo Clinic; and Kevin Kip, Vice President of Clinical Analytics, UPMC.

This panel addressed how AI holds great promise for health care, but challenges making the solutions impactful remain. The discussion focused on how health systems must overcome unique hurdles and take necessary steps to achieve progress.

Jeanne Cunicelli moderated a fireside chat titled “Shaping the Future of Health Care.” Panelists included Amir Dan Rubin, Managing Director and Founder, Healthier Capital; and Diane Holder, President and Chief Executive Officer, UPMC Health Plan.

The fireside chat addressed some key themes:

  • Solving access challenges: addressing disparities in health care access and ensuring quality care for all.
  • Harnessing technological disruption: exploring innovations such as telemedicine, AI, and digital health platforms.
  • Improving patient health and outcomes: prioritizing preventive care and enhancing patient engagement.

Brent Burns moderated a panel titled “Funding the Future of Health Care.” Panelists included Gaye Bok, Partner, Mass General Brigham Innovation; James Rogers, Chief Business Development Officer, Mayo Clinic; and Mayank Taneja, Vice President, Venture Investments, OSF Ventures.

Many larger health systems are stepping into the world of venture investing as they seek to advance new technologies and diversify revenue sources. In this panel, health system investment leaders discussed their models, promising technologies, challenges, and outlook for future venture investment.

Jeffrey Jones participated in a roundtable titled “Value of Real-World Data” alongside Rob Bart, Chief Medical Information Officer, UPMC.

Real-world data provides significant value for health system operations, research, and innovation. Panelists discussed opportunities to identify cohorts and provide aggregated, de-identified longitudinal data for care redesign and innovation.

In addition to solid representation from UPMC and UPMC Enterprises leadership, three portfolio company leaders appeared on panels during the summit: Dr. Rebecca Jacobson, President of Astrata; Dr. Shiv Rao, Founder and CEO of Abridge; and Jannine Versi, Co-Founder and CEO of Elektra Health. Several additional Enterprises portfolio companies participated as attendees.

UPMC Enterprises Model for Enabling Digital Transformation in Health Care

At Enterprises, our Digital Solutions focus area aims to connect the entire UPMC health system with technology that empowers clinicians and payers to provide patient-centered, high-quality, compassionate care at the lowest costs. We provide strategic, technical, and financial insights to build innovative products and launch novel technologies, and we work to develop solutions that allow consumers to access medical services and information anytime, anywhere, and be engaged in all steps of their health care journey.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the Top of Mind Summit: Digital Health in the coming weeks.

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