HCI is an annual summit created by West Health that convenes key stakeholders including policymakers, healthcare providers, health systems, economists, regulators, drug companies, pharmacy benefit managers and advocacy groups to explore the real impact of the high cost of healthcare on individuals, businesses, the economy and the state of this country today. Annually, these committed participants map out immediate and long-term policy prescriptions and solutions that turn rhetoric into reality and finally deliver on the promise of improving the quality of healthcare and lowering costs in a sustainable and meaningful way.
The 2019 HCI Summit was the sixth installment of West Health’s Health Care Innovation Day (HCI) series. Previous HCI events have highlighted wireless and telehealth innovations with the Department of Veterans Affairs (2010), wireless medical device regulation with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Communications Commission (2011), care delivery and payment solutions with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2012), interoperability with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (2014), and our most recent on healthcare costs innovation Summits (2018 and 2019).
West Health co-hosted the inaugural HCI event Health Care Innovation Day (HCI-DC) with the Department of Veterans Affairs on October 12, 2010 in Washington, D.C. to focus on accelerating low-cost healthcare solutions by encouraging innovations in wireless medical technology. The event also served to highlight and promote participation in the Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) and attendees had access to and interaction with wireless health industry leaders, government stakeholders, and public and private funders.
West Health co-hosted the 2011 HCI event with the Food & Drug Administration and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on April, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The event highlighted recent developments and regulatory issues that remain to be tackled for wireless medical devices. Featured speakers from the FDA included Jeff Shuren, MD, JD, Director of CDRH, and Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein, M.D., Associate Director for Technology and Innovation, CDRH.
West Health co-hosted the first ever Care Innovations Summit, an HCI event, on January 26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator at HHS, and Health Affairs on January 26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. to facilitate dialogue and drive action towards better care and better health at lower cost through continuous improvement. More than 1,200 individuals participated in person and an additional 3,000 joined online. The Summit showcased care delivery and payment solutions already working in the marketplace, catalyzing the dialogue for applying and expanding successful solutions to lower the cost of healthcare.
West Health co-hosted the 2014 HCI event with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on February 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The event brought together key stakeholders driving medical interoperability to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. The event also served as the public launch for the Center for Medical Interoperability, a nonprofit created by the West Health Institute and Gary and Mary West Foundation to address the many challenges associated with the lack of interoperability. The Center is now led by hospitals and health systems with participating member organizations. Its goals are to serve as a neutral environment to identify technical solutions to interoperability challenges; engage technical experts; work toward protocols for testing and certifying; and facilitate education on solutions and best practices.
West Health hosted it’s inaugural Summit exclusively focused on lowering healthcare costs on February 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The Summit brought together hundreds of leaders and representatives from every sector of healthcare to further adoption of models of value-based care, pricing transparency, the role of patients and providers in driving down costs, and a path forward to improving efficiencies in the healthcare system. The goal was to spotlight the best ideas, innovations and practical policy solutions that slow the unsustainable trajectory of healthcare costs in America.