March 18, 2021
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Accelerate Health


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Episode 4: Pharma Collaborations With Providers and Innovative Startups

Join fellow innovators and unconventional thinkers as we examine big pharma’s evolving relationships within the healthcare ecosystem. Episode four sessions and conversation include:

  • At the end of 2019, Mass General Brigham announced that it planned to spend at least $100 million on a new digital health initiative designed to improve the patient experience and make care more efficient. In this session, digital health innovation leaders join the virtual stage to share an update on the initiative and discuss how the provider organization's internal digital strategy creates a pathway to collaboration and strategic alliances with pharmaceutical companies.
  • Partnering with Startups: Pharma companies are always searching for startups with solutions capable of delivering better outcomes and a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Respected industry thought leader, Naomi Fried will join James Parshall, Eli Lilly and Company’s Director, Digital Health Innovation to explore what pharma companies look for in an innovative startup with potentially disruptive technology.
  • The Role of Digital Health in COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment: Let’s state the obvious: the COVID-19 vaccine distribution will be unprecedented. If everyone on earth were to receive the vaccine, it would require nearly 15 billion doses which is a massive undertaking on its own, not even considering 2nd dose distribution. Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss the role of digital tools in this massive undertaking and how past vaccines lessons are helping us navigate the new challenge.


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