There are more questions than answers—maybe that’s the way healthcare will always be. Still, we need to ask them. And we did, at Xconomy’s What’s Hot in Boston Healthtech conference at the Broad Institute last Thursday.
Some big themes emerged. “Wellness” is hard to define, and even harder to measure. Even with all the healthcare data out there, accessing the right data—and interpreting it in the right way—is the key to improving patient care. But who will own patient data in the future, and how can technology help enable sharing of information across clinics, give patients more control over their data, and build more trust and collaboration between patients and caregivers?
Our speakers may not have been able to answer all of these questions, but they gave us a glimpse of their individual journeys to finding the answers. And they left us with plenty to chew on, even as we ponder the future of things like digital health, primary care, and the Affordable Care Act.
We’d like to give huge thanks to our speakers and attendees; our event host, the Broad Institute; our platinum sponsor GE; our gold sponsors Sassoon & Cymrot, and Shire; our silver sponsors Northeastern University, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Veritas Genetics, and W2O Group; and our reception sponsor Neuroelectrics. And special thanks to Keith Spiro Photography for the pictures.
Jeff Engel and Xconomy’s events team contributed to this report.