Government and Healthcare Sector Visionaries Join Forces in San Francisco for DC to VC Summit

Company news  |  September 29, 2010

The sold-out DC to VC: Investing in Healthcare IT Summit will give industry leaders and entrepreneurs insight into the latest from health IT futurists

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29 -- One week from today, leaders from Washington will meet with venture capitalists, corporate executives, startup founders and CEOs for the DC to VC: Investing in Healthcare IT Summit (Twitter#DC2VC). The sold-out event is hosted by Morgenthaler Ventures, Venrock and Silicon Valley Bank with participation by the Office the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Practice Fusion. Held at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on October 6, the summit will include a keynote speech from AneeshChopra, chief technology officer of the United States and interactive panels on ways to grow the pace and scale of innovation in healthcare IT.

Other speakers during the half-day summit include:

  • David Cerino - General manager of the Health Solutions Group, Microsoft
  • Marc Owen - Executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, McKesson
  • Stephen Gorman - Global strategy officer,  GE Healthcare IT
  • Todd Park - Chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services and co-founder of athenahealth
  • Melinda Buntin, Ph.D. – Director of the Office of Economic Analysis and Modeling, ONC
  • Founders and CEOs of high-growth healthcare technology startups: Practice Fusion, Vocera, Castlight Health, American Well and RedBrick Health
  • Participating "Rocket Demo" startup companies: Voalte, Palantir Technologies, HealthTap, Independa, Critical Systems (CritSys) and Posit Science

"All the pieces are in place for the healthcare sector to undergo the kind of transformation that financial services went through 15 years ago," said Rebecca Lynn, partner at Morgenthaler Ventures. "Banks, like medical offices and hospitals today, did not have the connectivity to communicate electronically, internally or with their customers. They did not have a standard format for exchanging data. Today, some medical offices still organize patient records and prescriptions on paper. That will change. With cloud computing, smartphones, Web technologies that enable sharing on a massive scale, and creative government programs like 'Open Data', the healthcare sector – which represents 16 percent of our nation's GDP – will be revamped over the next few years."

"It's simply not an option for the healthcare industry to avoid digitization any longer," said Brian Ascher, partner at Venrock.  "The pressures to improve efficiency, bottom-line returns, patient safety and clinical outcomes are driving healthcare institutions to make technology investments and entrepreneurs to offer ever more compelling solutions.  The new generation of doctors and administrators are comfortable with technology, and are looking for solutions that will deliver strong returns on investment.  There has never been a better time for the venture industry to invest in healthcare information technology."

This invitation-only event is closed to new attendees. Reporters interested in special passes to the DC to VC Summit can email for details. Everyone is invited to follow the conversation live on Twitter during the summit using the hashtag #DC2VC.  Event sponsors are: Gunderson Dettmer, one of the nation's leading business law firms for entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and VCs, and TriNet, the country's largest private provider of human resources outsourcing solutions to small businesses.

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