2017 Speaker Quotes

We see d.health as a fantastic opportunity to engage with a motivated, empathetic and influential community looking to bring better health and better care to people everywhere – whether young or old.”

– Lindsey Conner Mosby, Vice President, Strategy + frogHealth, frog

The biggest opportunity to improve healthcare for Aging Americans is to engage all of us – clinicians, caregivers, policymakers, designers, technologists and most importantly, the elderly — towards mutually beneficial solutions that bring dignity and ease to our old age and better tools and resources to those who care for them. It’s a multi-variate need. It requires a multi-variate team working towards it.”

– Lindsey Conner Mosby, Vice President, Strategy + frogHealth, frog

The top three aging priorities for the new administration are 1) ensuring the elderly are given as many innovative opportunities to live at home for as long as possible; 2) challenging the FDA to evolve (and challenge) their own assumptions about the potential for advanced technologies to enable better health and outcomes; 3) using the broad base of power and connection to be a revolutionizing force for improvement for how America treats our aging citizens – from nursing home care to health care coverage and everything in between.”

– Lindsey Conner Mosby, Vice President, Strategy + frogHealth, frog

The biggest opportunity to improve healthcare for Aging Americans is to engage all of us – clinicians, caregivers, policymakers, designers, technologists and most importantly, the elderly — towards mutually beneficial solutions that bring dignity and ease to our old age and better tools and resources to those who care for them. It’s a multi-variate need. It requires a multi-variate team working towards it.”

– Lindsey Conner Mosby, Vice President, Strategy + frogHealth, frog

The Internet of Healthy Things (IoHT) is a transformative tool to change the paradigm for healthcare delivery. Through the use of smart, seamless and intuitive technologies, we can build a patient-centric system that operates for the convenience of the patient. The IoHT enables us to extend health into the home as much as possible, eliminating unnecessary appointments and procedures that are not only costly to the system, but force older adults to spend much of their time sitting in doctor’s waiting rooms.”

– Jospeh Kvedar MD, Vice President, Connected Health Partners Healthcare

Extending the health span must be the number one priority. What’s needed is an aggressive, concerted effort to prevent or significantly postpone the lifestyle related chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes, heart disease and many forms of cancer) that can take the joy out of living an extended lifespan. As the population ages, there is a dire need to develop strategies and technologies to preserve brain health and treat and ultimately prevent Alzheimer’s disease.”

– Jospeh Kvedar MD, Vice President, Connected Health Partners Healthcare

Within the next decade, the health care system will be overwhelmed by growing numbers of older people at the same time it will be experiencing a shortage of doctors and other medical personnel. It is imperative that we develop technologies that move beyond the conventional one to one care delivery to extend the reach of the healthcare system.”

– Jospeh Kvedar MD, Vice President, Connected Health Partners Healthcare

At d.health 2017, we hope to learn about innovative models of care that are working for seniors in various communities throughout the country. We would also like to hear more about the pace of adoption of telehealth and other technologies that can play a role in providing greater access to healthcare and other services that enable successful aging. We are excited about the possibilities because we learn from every interaction we have, especially at d.health!”

– Shelley Lyford, d.health Summit Co-Chair; President & CEO, West Health

The theme for this year’s d.health Summit is Successful Aging 2030, and, if we hope to affect meaningful change, the time for action is now. We must come together as individuals, caregivers, business leaders, healthcare providers, advocates and community groups to ensure successful aging is a reality for all Americans. The Summit provides a forum for these important collaborations and for exchanges of information, knowledge and best practices that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors and their families.”

– Shelley Lyford, d.health Summit Co-Chair; President & CEO, West Health

At d.health 2017, we hope to learn about innovative models of care that are working for seniors in various communities throughout the country. We would also like to hear more about the pace of adoption of telehealth and other technologies that can play a role in providing greater access to healthcare and other services that enable successful aging. We are excited about the possibilities because we learn from every interaction we have, especially at d.health!”

– Shelley Lyford, d.health Summit Co-Chair; President & CEO, West Health

The d.health Summit assembles some of the leading thinkers and doers in the world of aging. Together these individuals and the groups they represent have the power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors today and help put the country on course for a better tomorrow. We have a common goal and mission: to enable seniors to age in place, with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.”

– Shelley Lyford, d.health Summit Co-Chair; President & CEO, West Health

By 2030, we envision a more integrated and coordinated system of care with senior-specific models of care that address both the medical and non-medical needs of older adults and their families. At West Health, we believe home-centered and community-based care models will be more pervasive and serve as a highly effective complement to care delivery in hospitals. We will be in a better position to deliver health and supportive care where it’s best for the individual. For many seniors, especially for those dealing with chronic disease, the best place is in their own homes or alternative sites of care within their communities.”

– Shelley Lyford, d.health Summit Co-Chair; President & CEO, West Health

“If I could ask President Trump three questions, I would ask:

  1. Achieving adequate nutrition is essential to the basic health of seniors and a challenge for those who are vulnerable due to having lower incomes and being home-bound. President Trump, when your original budget proposal was released in March, there were proposed cuts to programs which provide nutrition services, such as Meals on Wheels. Please explain how your administration could potentially justify cutting funding to the program while the number of vulnerable seniors is growing.
  2. Unlike medical care, only about 20 percent of seniors have dental insurance. Lower-income seniors often lack access to critically-needed care that alleviates pain, treats infection and enables them to eat. They must rely on Medicaid adult dental benefits already considered inadequate. How can your Administration provide incentives to ensure access to dental care, which is critical to meet the healthcare needs of low-income seniors?
  3.  The increased use of telehealth has shown to have positive impact for many people and has great potential for seniors, especially those with great difficulty leaving their homes to receive care. Will you make finding an efficient means to provide telehealth to such seniors a priority?”

– Shelley Lyford, d.health Summit Co-Chair; President & CEO, West Health