In recent years, we have witnessed an international explosion of digital healthcare solutions, many promising to transform healthcare delivery as we know it. As this number expands exponentially, providers and other stakeholders interested in leveraging these technologies are faced with one big issue: how do you determine which solutions can provide the greatest benefit to patients before scaling these technologies?
On October 19th, 2022, the Novartis Biome hosted “Closing the Digital Divide: Validation through Partnership,” an exciting half-day event [see agenda and speakers below] that highlighted challenges in testing digital solutions and explored opportunities to address these challenges through intentional, cross-industry collaboration. This event, held in downtown San Francisco, connected leaders from across the healthcare ecosystem, including health systems, digital startups, and tech innovation organizations, with Novartis business leaders discussing challenges and opportunities in the evolving digital health landscape.
Additionally, this event celebrated and highlighted recent initiatives driven by the Evidence Lab including updates and lessons learned through partnerships with UCSF, BeeKeeper AI, and Banner Health. Since the Evidence Lab’s launch in November 2021, it has expanded its network of health system partners from five to over a dozen, accounting for over 75 hospitals globally.
Beyond testing and validation, we also explored critical industry topics including health equity considerations in developing novel technologies, new and existing data sharing policies, and ongoing health system led innovation initiatives, among others.
The leaders from across the healthcare landscape who took part in our event shared valuable insights and lessons, from which we can share a few:
- Cross-industry collaboration is absolutely necessary to achieve digital transformation in healthcare.
- It will take an intentional, strategic approach to solve equity challenges as we build, implement, and scale digital technologies.
- Persistence, grit, and a shared commitment to this bold vision are must-haves to reimagine healthcare.
The Novartis Biome team is excited to connect digital health leaders as they continue to drive the tough discussions required to make these solutions a reality. Change begins with opportunities to connect, discuss and act!