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Inaugural NEXT Summit a Success!

Emily Potts Aug 11, 2022 10:53:13 AM

On August 5, VirtuSense Technologies invited healthcare thought leaders to its exclusive, inaugural New Evolution in Healthcare Technology Summit, also known as NEXT Summit, to discuss the future of healthcare delivery.  

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The event was held at the state-of-the-art Bradley University Convergence Center in Peoria, Ill. Attendees networked while enjoying pastries and coffee before the sessions started. 

Dr. Aiyer

Our host for the Summit was Meenakshy Aiyer, MD, Regional Dean at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria. 

The day kicked off with an exclusive address from Seema Verma, the former administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She talked about the great potential for new technologies to expedite affordable and sustainable healthcare delivery for all Americans.   


Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Gary Dylewski was our keynote speaker. As a leading war-time general, he spoke about preparing and leading through a crisis—much of which was comparable to the fight against COVID-19. He said the greatest leaders all share one trait: Compassion. 


Strategies to Alleviate Today’s
Clinical Challenges

Moderated by Ray Gensinger, MD, CIO, Hospital Sisters Health System led this discussion with John Vozenilek, MD, VP and CMO, Simulation, Professor of Medicine and Engineering, Tony Hilton, DrPH, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Program Manager, Veterans Health Administration Central Office; and Charlotte Ipsan, Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Women's & Children's Hospital. They talked about the need for health systems to invest in technology and tools to prevent patient and staff injuries. Citing workers' compensation costs that can cost as much as half a million dollars per day, incurred by completely avoidable injuries, the panel questioned the logic behind hospitals that resist preventative technologies because of high upfront costs. 


Positioning Healthcare Organizations
for the Future

VirtuSense founder Deepak Gaddipati spoke with Michael Cruz, MD, CEO, Central Region of OSF Healthcare and Imran Amjad Andrabi, MD, President and CEO, ThedaCare about the organizational changes that need to happen in the next few years and the challenges when it comes to implementing technology.

Finance panel

Trends in Healthcare Investment 

VirtuSense CFO, Brent Dobsch spoke with this esteemed panel of financial experts about what they're seeing in the Health-Tech financial spectrum. He was joined by Dan Hermann, President & CEO, Ziegler, Danika Fry, Executive Director, Healthcare Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, and Jesse Lane, Founder and Managing Director, Denali Growth Partners.   


What is Healthcare AI? 

The event concluded with an AI tutorial from Deepak Gaddipati, founder and CTO of VirtuSense Technologies, speaking about how AI is being developed for healthcare and what direction VirtuSense is taking to continue to innovate. 

Q and A

Everyone walked away with a greater understanding of how technology can transform healthcare delivery while sparking unexpected dialogue and making new connections. We look forward to the 2023 NEXT Summit! Stay tuned for more information.