The ever-changing landscape of gastroenterology is calling out for new solutions to the discipline’s demanding challenges. From the introduction of information technologies to the development of artificial intelligence, this is an exciting and unprecedented time for health care practitioners seeking to benefit from new ideas to address the diagnosis and treatment of GI diseases. For the past decade, the AGA Tech Summit has brought together GI entrepreneurs and health care providers, medical technology companies, venture capitalists and regulatory agency representatives to explore ways to get exciting innovations to the marketplace and ultimately improve delivery of care and patient outcomes. Registration is now open for the 2019 AGA Tech Summit on April 10-12, 2019, in San Francisco. Early bird rates are in effect until Feb. 11, 2019.
A launching pad for new technologies
The urgency for developing innovative solutions to enhance the delivery of care and improve patient outcomes was recognized by the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology (CGIT) more than a decade ago. To bridge the divide between the growing need for new clinical tools and ability to move innovative solutions to market, CGIT launched the AGA Tech Summit. Watch recent attendees discuss their experiences at the Tech Summit.
By helping to propel new technologies to fruition in the GI space, the Tech Summit itself has become a platform for innovation. With the introduction of a Shark Tank competition and Entrepreneur/Innovator Package, the event has evolved beyond networking and toward a role as incubator for emerging GI technologies. The Shark Tank, open to all Tech Summit attendees, is a competition where participants submit their invention idea for review by a panel of experts. The competition’s winner enjoys ongoing engagement from panelists on how to bring his/her concept to market. The fee-based Entrepreneur/Innovator Package offers individuals or teams personalized one-on-one consultation sessions with representatives from the investor, regulatory and medical technology communities. Both initiatives have spawned collaborations to transform ideas into solutions that clinicians can use in their practice.
Discover how new technologies are impacting GI practice
The agenda for the 2019 Summit is a rich one. The AI and Machine Learning session will examine clinical applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning that may improve patient outcomes. How innovations in simulation-based training may augment patient care will be the focus of a session on Training and Simulation in GI. A session on Anti-Reflux Therapies will explore achieving a viable endoscopic anti-reflux procedure and understanding criteria necessary for adoption. And, the Consumer Technology session will examine mobile apps, virtual reality and telemedicine as mechanisms for improving patient engagement and compliance.