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Healthcare ideas, investors come together at 2009 Health Technology Investment Forum

Healthcare IT investors and emerging companies are meeting in New York City’s Park Central Hotel today at the Institute for Health Technology Transformation’s 2009 Health Technology Investment Forum.

With healthcare spending expected to reach $2.6 trillion next year and President Barack Obama’s push to make healthcare IT the cornerstone of reform efforts, organizers say the time is right to identify new opportunities and emerging trends in technology. In 2007, more than half (54 percent) of all deals in the healthcare industry were related to healthcare technology, totaling $172.9 billion.

A town hall meeting on ‘The Future of Healthcare: Unique Perspectives from the Investor and Policy Maker” will open the daylong meeting. The meeting’s two panelists will be Christopher Kersey, MD, a partner with Camden Partners, and David Farber, a partner with Patton Boggs.

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Conference highlights include an afternoon panel discussion on Software-as-a-Service and licensing models, featuring George Hill, director of healthcare technology and distribution for Leerink Swann; John Hummel, chief technology officer for Perot Healthcare (which is being acquired by Dell); and Thomas Check, CIO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. A later panel discussion focuses on venture investment and features Harry Rubin, a partner with Ropes & Gray; Paul Brown, managing director of BlueCross BlueShield Ventures, Dave Eichler, managing director of the Psilos Group; Koleman Karleski, managing director of Chrysalis Ventures; and Robert Schutz, general partner with Health Enterprise Ventures.

Richard J Zall, partner and chairman of the healthcare department at Proskauer Rose, was scheduled to give opening remarks, while Albert S. Waxman, senior managing member of the Psilos Group, will give the closing keynote presentation.

Companies scheduled to make presentations during the day include MMR Information Systems, Digital Monitoring Solutions, AGNITY, Patient OS, Access Granted, Sensiotec, International Medical Solutions, GenerationOne, AssureRx, MedBox and CareNav.