The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) said this week that its forthcoming ninth annual Convergence Summit will focus on achieving broader global adoption of technology-enabled health care when the event gets underway next month.
This newfound focus comes at a time when the pace of innovation in connected health and personal health solutions is “accelerating,” the organization says.
“The technology sector has ‘discovered’ the health care market, so tech is not the problem; we have an adoption issue,” explains 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.
According to a written statement from the organization, ley 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.
WLSA’s Convergence Summit spans May 14 – 16 at the Omni San Diego Hotel
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