Touch Surgery at the FT Digital Health Summit in New York

On the 27th of October the Touch Surgery team attended the FT Digital Health Summit US in New York City. With the emergence of  multiple innovative technologies in the healthtech / digital health sector, we were excited to be invited to participate in discussion.

The conference started with an opening keynote from Ryan Olohan, Head of Healthcare at Google. Ryan spoke of how digital technology will significantly transform healthcare starting with patients but right through to core systems.

After this first inspirational talk, we moved to a panel discussion about how patient demand was changing and how healthcare technologies could emerge to support this change. Companies like Fitbit could hold interesting data that relates to disease.

Steve Corwin, CEO of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital discussed the major change that doctors are going through. Part of this change is the availability of data and how it could be used to help physicians deliver care.

The Associate Director for Digital Health, US Food and Drug Administration, Bakul Patel discussed the latest developments and threats surrounding patient protection in the healthcare industry. An important point raised was that all the stakeholders will need to address cyber security to protect medical data.

In the afternoon four emerging startups were invited to pitch to the audience. This was an exciting opportunity. Dr Jean Nehme CEO and cofounder of Touch Surgery opened this session alongside other exciting companies. The session was moderated by the awesome David Martin from Deloitte.

In closing a number of pharmaceutical company representatives were invited to discuss how their businesses are assessing the impact of digital technologies.

In conclusion, we all agreed that the future of digital health should be to improve patient outcomes.