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March 1, 2018

Bioscience Council Talks HIMSS18 and SMASH

Inclusive economic development has not only become a priority in the growth of metro regions, but has been strategically added to the agenda when discussing Atlanta as a center of global health. Trends in innovation and technology continue to advance, and through organizations like the CDC and Carter Center here in Atlanta, these innovations are being directly applied to improve population health through research, predictive analytics and patient wellness education.

In a collective effort, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Bioscience Leadership Council is leading the way in bringing together disparate minds interested in healthcare advancement and improving the lives of others. Chaired by Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, co-chaired by SpencerStuart’s Dr. Greg Vaughn and led by the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Director of Bioscience Ecosystem Expansion Kornelius Bankston, the Bioscience Leadership Council recently met at the Woodruff Art Center for their 2018 Q1 meeting.

For council attendees, the Q1 meeting provided a platform to discuss technology and innovation that improve population health. In a panel led by Georgia Tech’s Pediatric Technology Center Chief Operating and Strategy Officer Sherry Farrugia, leadership from Sharecare and Clinigence answered questions and conversed on what people desire from care providers; how critical it is to educate patients; and what new technologies allow flexibility in bringing data sources together. Attendees learned there has historically been a disconnect on how to provide real-time feedback the general public can understand and how to measure the impact predictive analytics will have on the healthcare industry.

Many times, one company’s success relies on partnerships and other industry advancements. When industry leaders convene, great things happen. HIMSS, an American not-for-profit dedicated to improving healthcare quality, was represented by the North American 2018 Chair Dr. Denise Hines. Hines provided an in-depth breakdown of her top agenda items as 2018 chair and what is in store for HIMSS18 hosted in Las Vegas March 5-9th.

In closing, attendees learned about SMASH – a program launched at Stanford University and expanded to Morehouse College. SMASH provides high-potential students of color exposure to STEM coursework, mentors and support networks. Following the discussion around STEM programming designed to provide exposure of potential career opportunities, Shire HR Leader Elliot Gamble discussed the rapid increase in new job openings the Shire organization is seeing at all skill levels.

With more and more opportunities to frame Atlanta as the center of global health, the council looks forward to what 2018 will bring to the region. The next Bioscience Leadership Council will meet May 11 at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. If you have any questions on how your organization can engage with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, please reach out to Jack Murphy.