GW Digital Health Summit

April 14-16, 2021


Digital technologies and their myriad applications have been transforming the healthcare landscape for some time now, but the pace of innovation has skyrocketed in recent decades and the COVID-19 pandemic has only hastened the acceleration, providing a catalyst to spur rapid adoption across disciplines and geographies. Such rapid growth and reliance on healthcare technology raises several critical questions about education, implementation, equity, safe practice, translation and more. 


To address these and other salient questions, the George Washington University is hosting its inaugural Digital Health Summit focused on the rapid acceleration of digital technologies in healthcare and the implications for healthcare and academic environments alike. The Summit will take place virtually on the afternoons of April 14-16. Presentations and discussions will focus on the state of the science, innovation and development with digital health technologies and the gaps and opportunities that exist. Each day will be focused on a key topic related to digital health.


Registration Deadline: Friday, April 9 at Noon ET


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What can Academic Institutions learn from Practice Institutions?

Focuses on the educational needs (competencies) based on current healthcare and consumer use of different technologies assisting in health promotion and in providing safe, quality patient care. 

High tech operating room


Translating Innovation From the Corporate Sector to Healthcare 

Focuses on the emerging technologies in areas outside of healthcare that may have implications to disrupt our current healthcare delivery models. 

GW students in lab setting


Using Digital Health For Evidence-Based Practice and Research 

Focuses on the use of technologies in research and evidence-based care promoting health and well-being by health professions in education, practice, and research. 



Get a sneak peek at some of our featured speakers.

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Karen DeSalvo  |  Google Health

Dr. Karen DeSalvo is the Chief Health Officer of Google Health. She is a physician executive working at the intersection of medicine, public health, and information technology whose career has focused on improving health and eliminating disparities.  She leads a team of health professionals at Google who provide clinical guidance for the development of inclusive research, products and services. Prior to joining Google, Dr. DeSalvo was National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and acted as the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Obama Administration.  During her time at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. DeSalvo focused on creating a more consumer-oriented, transparent and value-based health system. Dr. DeSalvo served as the New Orleans Health Commissioner following Hurricane Katrina.  Prior to that she was Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School of Medicine where she was a practicing internal medicine physician, educator, researcher and leader. She serves on the Council of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Heather Cox  |  Humana

Heather Cox is the Chief Digital Health and Analytics Officer for Humana. In this role, Heather is accountable for building Humana’s digital care delivery operations and leading enterprise analytics. Integrating these critical capabilities across the organization will further accelerate Humana’s move toward differentiated experiences for its health plan members at the intersection of healthcare and lifestyle, tailored especially to the needs of seniors.

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Michael O'Neil  |  GetWellNetwork

Following treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Michael O’Neil launched GetWellNetwork during his final year in graduate school with a mission to empower people to take a more active role in their health journey. Today, he leads the global digital health company as founder and chief executive officer. 

Michael’s vision for transforming the patient experience established a healthcare technology segment called Interactive Patient Care. Two decades later, GetWellNetwork works with leading healthcare organizations and touches millions of patients. In that time, he has raised multiple rounds of venture capital, acquired five companies and closed two private equity transactions. Michael is a frequent speaker and media contributor on a variety of industry topics. Recently, he co-authored an op-ed article, “Data Is Key to Containing COVID-19 and Preventing Next Pandemic” (RealClear Health, 2020) and his research journal contributions include the “Interactive Care Model: A Framework for More Fully Engaging People in Their Healthcare” (Journal of Nursing Administration, 2015).



Don't miss out on attending this inaugural event. Register now to secure your spot at the GW Digital Health Summit!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and ANCC contact hours.