Data. That was the overarching theme of the CONVERGE Summit for Healthcare Innovation held in Philadelphia on July 10th. This quote from Dr. Ken Riff of Medtronic struck me in particular: “ data will be the healthcare currency of the future”. What implications does this have for medical device design? It will take time to sort that out. But one thing is certain: generating, capturing, aggregating, analyzing and interpreting health data of all kinds will be the foundation on which medical device innovation will be built.
Though talk of data and healthcare information technology was pervasive, there were other important developments coming to the fore that received ample discussion as well. More on that next time.