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Monday, July 23 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Health Innovations

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The PNWER Health Innovations session will focus on new technologies, collaborative research,  workforce training, and healthcare access. Our region is leading the way in innovative health solutions, and this session will showcase what our region has to offer.
  • Telemedicine
  • Opioid research and role of legislators
  • Biomedical research
  • WWAMI program

Welcome, Introductions, Opening Remarks and Overview of WWAMI
In the early 1970s, the University of Washington took on a bold challenge to train and prepare physicians to care for patients and communities throughout the WAMI states, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (Wyoming joined in 1996). Today, this regional medical education program known as WWAMI is heralded as one of the most innovative medical education and training programs in the country.
  • Dr. Darryl Potyk, MD,  Chief of Medical Education for the UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership

Biomedical Research; How do governments ensure the region continues to lead in biomedical research
Biomedical research is an important economic driver for the Pacific Northwest.  As the region continues to lead in innovation through incumbent and emerging technologies learn how partnership can foster growth in research.  This panel will showcase best practices, partnerships and stress the importance of state and provincial leadership for encouraging biomedical research.
  • Dr. Alan Winter, PhD, Innovation Commissioner, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Dr. Nora Disis, MD, Director, Tumor Vaccine Medical Oncology, UW Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology
  • Marc Cummings, Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, Washington Life Sciences

Telemedicine’s role and benefit for the region
Increased access to broadband telecommunications is enabling access to telemedicine tools for the region.  Learn how innovations in telemedicine are improving the quality of life here in the Northwest.  Hear from experts from the University of Washington and Microsoft about telemedicine and broadband access.
  • Dr. John Scott, Director of Telemedicine, University of Washington Medicine
  • Melissa Sassi, Senior Project Manager, Airband initiative, Microsoft
  • Jennifer Stoll, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, OCHIN

Opioid impacts and role of legislators
How Much Is the Opioid Crisis Costing Governments? Hear from Washington Legislators on the impacts of the opioid epidemic.  Learn how the University of Washington is working to stem the impacts from opioid abuse.
  • Dr. David J. Tauben MD, Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt
  • Rep. Nicole Macri, Washington State Legislature

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Marc Cummings

Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, Washington Life Sciences
Marc Cummings is Vice President, Public Policy & External Affairs for Life Science Washington (formerly WBBA). Mr. Cummings is responsible for federal and state policy as well as developing partnerships and facilitating strategic engagement with organizations that support the development... Read More →
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David J. Tauben, M.D.

Chief of Pain Medicine, UW Medicine
David Tauben, M.D., is a board certified physician at the Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt and chief of Pain Medicine for UW Medicine. He holds a UW endowed professorship in General Internal Medicine and the Hughes M. & Katherine G. Black Endowed Professorship in Health Psychology... Read More →
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Rep. Nicole Macri

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Nicole Macri was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2016, and represents the 43rd legislative district of Washington, which includes the Seattle neighborhoods of Downtown, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park, Montlake, University District, Ravenna... Read More →
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Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MD

Associate Dean, Translational Science, University of Washington Medical School
Dr. Disis received her M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical School and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her fellowship in oncology was completed at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson... Read More →
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Darryl Potyk, MD

Chief of Medical Education, Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
Dr. Darryl Potyk is a geriatrics doctor in Spokane, Washington and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Deaconess Hospital and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital. He received his medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC... Read More →
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John D. Scott, MD, MSc

Medical Director, Telehealth, Harborview Medical Center
Dr. Scott's research focuses on viral hepatitis and the use of telehealth technologies to improve care of patients with Infectious Disease issues. Dr. Scott has an active research program with novel antivirals and diagnostics, in partnership with pharmaceutical companies. Along with... Read More →
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Alan Winter, PhD

B.C.'s Innovation Commissioner, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Dr. Alan E. Winter was appointed British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner on February 5, 2018. In this position he is to be an advocate and ambassador on behalf of the B.C. technology sector in Ottawa and abroad, to enable B.C. companies to more easily tap into existing... Read More →
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Melissa Sassi

Senior Manager of the Airband Initiative, Microsoft
As a Senior Manager in Microsoft Airband Initiative, Melissa Sassi is responsible for increasing access to the Internet within unconnected communities across the United States. Sassi’s focus includes business development, project management, community engagement, thought leadership... Read More →
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Jennifer Stoll

Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, OCHIN
As a member of the OCHIN executive team, Jennifer Stoll is responsible for government relations, public affairs, and media relations. She develops and implements the organization’s political engagement strategy with federal, state and local elected officials, regulatory agencies... Read More →

Monday July 23, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Maple Ballroom

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