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May 24, 2018 | Tom Ballard

“Healthcare Innovation Symposium” set for next month in Knoxville

David Kessler, former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will keynote a one-day “Healthcare Innovation Symposium” planned for the middle of next month in Knoxville.

The event, set for June 14 at the Mill & Mine at 227 West Depot Avenue, is sponsored by the University of Tennessee (UT) Graduate School of Medicine, UT Medical Center, and the Whittington Foundation.

Planners are targeting those in the Knoxville healthcare community who want to participate in a discussion about how to best transform healthcare into a sustainable system based on measurable value for the patient through entrepreneurship, innovation, and data analytics. The overall goal is to identify and drive a more holistic approach toward opportunities for collaboration, discovery, and innovation throughout the Knoxville healthcare community. The Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) is focused on transforming healthcare relationships between care providers and patients in ways that drive down costs, increase efficiency, and elevate UTGSM’s core competencies both regionally and nationally.

Kessler, who is a pediatrician as well as an attorney, served as FDA’s top administrator from 1990 to 1997. The symposium will also feature the work of Bruce Ramshaw, Professor and Chair of Surgery at the UT Medical Center where efforts are underway to apply continuous quality improvement (CQI) toward patient care. Ramshaw is also Chair of the Board of Knoxville start-up CQ Insights, a company spotlighted in this article from last September. Pre-registration (link here) is requested, but there is no fee to attend. The agenda is also available on the registration link.

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