WLSA’s Ninth Annual Convergence Summit on Mobile Health Issues to Focus on Attaining Broader Adoption of Connected Health

The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) said today that its ninth annual Convergence Summit here next month will focus on achieving broader global adoption of technology-enabled health care at a time when the pace of innovation in connected health and personal health solutions is accelerating.

“The technology sector has ‘discovered’ the health care market, so tech is not the problem; we have an adoption issue,” said WLSA President and CEO Robert B. McCray.  “We have the tools and knowledge to fix a broken healthcare model.  Now we need to overcome the barriers to the adoption of connected health so ‘engaged health consumers’ throughout the world will realize the benefits that technology is poised to deliver.  The emergence of the engaged health consumer movement and its impact on the health care system will be the key theme of this year’s conference.”

McCray said barriers to adoption are the result of a culture of patient dependency on an opaque health care system that is not sufficiently accountable for its costs, quality or health outcomes.  Key barriers include a transactional financial model that rewards volume not quality, anti-competitive laws that that favor clinicians over patients, and technology regulatory structures that cannot keep up with the pace of technological achievement.  Innovators are empowering consumers and patients with tools of “health democratization” such as:

WLSA’s Convergence Summit May 14 – 16 at the Omni San Diego Hotel will convene several hundred subject-matter experts and companies that share a desire to see connected health applications adopted more broadly, thereby transforming the delivery and cost of delivering essential healthcare.  The May 14 session is for WLSA members, while the May 15-16 sessions are open to the public.

More than 30 CEOs will be included among the thought leaders speaking at this year’s conference.  Among the speakers are:

For further information on the conference, visit www.wirelesslifesciences.org or contact Molly Cogan at mcogan@wirelesslifesciences.org.

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About Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)
The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is a special-purpose trade organization committed to accelerating the adoption of innovative healthcare technologies. Our community includes CEOs, senior-level executives, entrepreneurs, companies of all sizes, foundations, educational institutions, scientists, physicians, and policy makers. The WLSA is dedicated to creating value and improving health, globally, by stimulating the implementation of technologies that empower consumers and innovative institutions. WLSA partners and companies all over the world are using wireless and connected health innovations to better manage chronic conditions, pre-empt disease and improve the lives of the elderly and under-served populations.

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