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AdvaMed Launches Digital Health Tech Division

The division’s board of directors come from multiple leading medtech companies including Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, GE HealthCare, and more.

Katie Hobbins

October 10, 2023

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The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) recently announced the formation of a Digital Health Tech division to represent digital medical technology companies, as well as promote the role of data and digital medtech in the innovation of healthcare. The group will focus on four core policy areas: regulations, payment and healthcare delivery, data stewardship and privacy, and cybersecurity.

“Digital technology is rapidly evolving and making a profound impact on the care patients receive, and the medtech industry is at the forefront of this new era of care,” said Scott Whitaker, AdvaMed President and CEO, in the company announcement. “While AdvaMed has long been a leader in digital health policy, this new division, led by GE HealthCare’s Taha Kass-Hout and AdvaMed’s Shaye Mandle, will enable us to expand our work as this ever-evolving technology paves the way for new innovation at a faster pace. There will be a great deal of legislative, regulatory, and payment policies to be implemented in the coming years with the proliferation of AI and digital health platforms into our health care system, and AdvaMed looks forward to working with lawmakers and the Administration to implement them in a way that benefits patients.”

The AdvaMed board of directors approved the Digital Health Tech board during its quarterly meeting. The board includes:

  • Taha Kass-Hout, GE HealthCare CTO

  • Shan Jegatheeswaran, Johnson & Johnson Medtech global head of digital

  • Urvashi Tyagi, ResMed CTO

  • Julia Strandberg, Philips chief business leader of connected care

  • Robert Cohen, Stryker president of digital, robotics, and enabling technology

  • Christian Eusemann, Siemens VP of research and innovation and collaboration officer

  • Ken Washington, Medtronic SVP and chief technology & innovation officer

  • Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple VP of health

  • Bakul Patel, Google senior director of global health strategy

  • David Rhew, MD, Microsoft global CMO and VP healthcare

  • Rich Glenn, Verily head of commercial and care delivery

  • Melissa Cha, Amazon VP of Amazon devices and services

  • Josh Sackman, Applied VR president and co-founder

  • Venk Veradan, Nanowear co-founder and CEO

  • Reaz Rasul, Baxter EVP and president of healthcare systems & technologies.

“It’s a remarkable honor to stand as the lead for the AdvaMed Digital Health Tech Board of Directors,” said Taha Kass-Hout, GE HealthCare’s Chief Technology Officer, in the announcement. “Recognized as the global pinnacle in medtech, AdvaMed offers an unparalleled platform to further the incredible advancements we’re witnessing in digital health. Together with my esteemed colleagues on the Digital Health Tech Board, our collective vision and action will be dedicated to the enhancement of diagnosis, treatment, and patient care worldwide. This pivotal moment marks not just an evolution, but a revolution in health technologies that will shape the present and the future of health care, ensuring the integration of cutting-edge AI-powered digital solutions for the betterment of patient care globally.”

About the Author(s)

Katie Hobbins

Managing Editor, MD+DI

Katie Hobbins is managing editor for MD+DI and joined the team in July 2022. She boasts multiple previous editorial roles in print and multimedia medical journalism, including dermatology, medical aesthetics, and pediatric medicine. She graduated from Cleveland State University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and promotional communications. She enjoys yoga, hand embroidery, and anything DIY. You can reach her at [email protected].

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