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University of Rochester and West Health Collaborate on d.health Summit 2017

December 21, 2016

In collaboration with West Health, the University of Rochester is hosting the third annual d.health Summit, a forum for health care and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, senior care advocates and policymakers to exchange ideas, create new partnerships, and foster disruptive technological and process innovations to improve the lives of the nation's aging population.

d.health Summit 2017: Successful Aging 2030 will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center (250 Greenwich St., 40th Floor), New York, NY.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, President, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Rima Cohen, MPA, Managing Director, Aspen's Health Innovation Fellowship
  • Jean Ellen Cowgill, President, Atlantic Media Strategies
  • Molly J. Coye, MD, MPH, Executive-in-Residence, AVIA
  • Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, The John A. Hartford Foundation
  • Michael Hodin, PhD, CEO, Global Coalition on Aging
  • William J. Scanlon, PhD, Senior Consultant, National Health Policy Forum


For the first time, the University of Rochester-developed Summit will be co-hosted by West Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place, with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

"It will take close collaboration and urgent action from a range of stakeholders to ensure our seniors can successfully age in America," said Summit co-chair Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health, which includes an applied medical research institute, policy center and private foundation solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West. "We are proud to collaborate on this important meeting as seniors need innovative thinking now to ensure access to the services and supports they require."

"With more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, we know that our current healthcare system and our country as a whole are not prepared for this growing and costly demographic shift," said Summit co-chair Abraham (Avi) Seidmann, PhD, Professor, University of Rochester Simon Business School.

"This year's Summit will identify the unique and specific healthcare needs of seniors by 2030 - and the roles of technology, finance and policy to accelerate this sweeping transformation," said Summit co-chair Ray Dorsey, MD, Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The d.health Summit Advisory Board is leading the development of next year's conference, and is comprised of nationally-recognized thought leaders including:
  • Senator Tom Daschle, Founder and CEO, The Daschle Group
  • Thomas J. DeRosa, CEO and Director, Welltower
  • Emily Drabant Conley, PhD, VP of Business Development, 23andme
  • Krista Drobac, Partner, Sirona Strategies; Executive Director, Alliance for Connected Care
  • Stephen Johnston, Co-founder, Aging2.0
  • Steven Landers, MD, MPH, President and CEO, VNA Health Group
  • Timothy Lash, EVP of Strategy and Successful Aging, West Health
  • Bruce Leff, MD, Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Lindsey Conner Mosby, Executive Strategy Director, frogHealth
  • Carol Raphael, Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Solutions, Former Board Chair, AARP
  • Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, Co-founder, President and CEO, American Well
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To learn more, please visit dhealthsummit.org or call (585) 275-0475.

About the d.health Summit

Bringing together world-class healthcare leaders, entrepreneurs, technology firms, policy makers, financiers and forward thinkers, the third annual d.health Summit will discuss and foster the adoption of technology-enabled solutions to improve the health of Aging Americans. By focusing on high engagement and networking, attendees will learn, share and evaluate transformative approaches, as well as create new partnerships to improve care and generate economic value for one of the country's largest industries, in one of its most vibrant cities. d.health Summit 2017: Successful Aging 2030 will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at The New York Academy of Sciences, New York City.

About the University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.

The Simon Business School is currently ranked among the leading graduate business schools in the world in rankings published by the popular press, including Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, and the Financial Times, the later recently rated the School No. 9 in the world for finance.

One of the nation's top academic medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center forms the centerpiece of the University's health research, teaching, patient care and community outreach missions. Over the last five years, the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry has received almost $1.3 billion in total research funding.

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