MedHealth Summit to explore digital health solutions, unveil winners of MedHealth Challenge


Date:        January 10, 2017
Contact:   Kristin Palm
Phone:     (313) 483-1326

MedHealth Summit to explore digital health solutions, unveil winners of MedHealth Challenge

Health care organizations and innovators from across Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario will explore technology-based solutions to the region’s key health care challenges at a day-long MedHealth Summit on February 14, 2017. The Summit takes place at TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs from 8am-4pm. Host organizations include Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Medical Center, Ascension | Genesys Health System and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

The MedHealth Summit will serve as a catalyst for collaborative innovation, providing opportunities for networking and education about the medical device and digital health sectors in our region. The Summit will feature panel discussions, a 1:1 networking session and the early-stage finalists of the MedHealth Challenge, who will pitch their medical device and digital health concepts.

The Summit’s keynote speaker is Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH. Strecher is a professor and director for innovation and social entrepreneurship in the University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine, and founder and president, JOOL Health, Inc. He is also the founder of the UM Center for Health Communications Research and HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2008. In 2015 he founded JOOL Health, a digital health solution company that integrates the science of health and well-being, advanced smartphone and biometric technology, and big data analytics. His most recent book is Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne).

The MedHealth Summit and MedHealth Challenge are projects of the MedHealth Regional Innovation Cluster, comprised of numerous health care providers, universities and economic development organizations in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario.

“Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario are hotbeds for med-tech and digital health innovation, with a unique opportunity for cross-border collaboration,” said Paul Riser, managing director for technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown and a member of the Summit organizing committee. “The ideas coming out of this Summit and the Challenge, and the ongoing work of the MedHealth cluster, will shape the face of health care in the region in the years and decades to come.”

For more information about the MedHealth Summit and MedHealth Challenge, and to view the full Summit agenda, please visit


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