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Medical Device Summit

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City

300 Army Navy Dr

Arlington, VA 22202

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Program Summary

Medical devices are essential to the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, and treatment of disease. While WHO estimates that in some health systems up to 80% of the medical equipment is either financed or donated by external parties, they still remain an under appreciated and neglected part of healthcare systems. Addressing this challenge requires United States based organizations to be in-sync with the worldwide effort to improve medical device donations.

The 2017 Medical Device Summit will focus on building strategies for improving transfers of donated health technologies by strengthening existing medical surplus recovery and distribution systems. The program includes collaborative learning, problem solving and solution building activities designed to equip the participants to provide appropriate medical devices to healers in low resource settings.

Summit Takeaways:

  • Lessons Learned & Lessons Applied Case Studies

  • Capacity Building Ideas and Tools

  • Expanded Professional Network

  • Systems Approaches to Product Donations

Who should attend?

The Summit is for everyone involved in the donation of medical products. This includes medical surplus recovery organization (MSRO) leaders, product donors, medical mission trip sponsors and clinicians, international disaster response organizations, non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders and more.The summit provides a unique opportunity to join innovation leaders to develop a medical device donation agenda designed to better equip and support in-country recipient organizations, create working partnerships with all donors, overcome medical device management challenges and strengthen healthcare systems.

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

Medical Device Donations – Global and National Perspective

Moderator: Lori Warrens, Executive Director, MedSurplus Alliance

Rachel M. Taylor, Director Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety Senior Program Officer, Board on Global Health, Health and Medicine Division, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC

The National Academies’ Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety (PPP Forum) has formed a workgroup to delve deeper into the issues regarding medical device donations and move toward identifying solutions. Rachel will share her perspective identifying and understanding the ecosystem, empowering/equipping in-country recipient organizations, informing donors on best practices and overcoming identified challenges and addressing sustainability challenges.

Susan M. Huber, Senior Vice President, Global Mission, Governance and Sponsor Relations for Ascension Health, St. Louis, MO

Ascension is committed to extending the useful life of Ascension's investment in medical products by redistributing them to healthcare providers in low resource settings. Ascension Global Mission, a subsidiary of Ascension, is partnering with the MedSurplus Alliance to help ensure that Ascension donations will meet or exceed WHO Guidelines. This presentation will discuss Ascension’s system-wide approach to implementing donation programs, collecting activity data and reporting program impact, while also allowing some customization to meet market needs.

Conor Shapiro, President/CEO at St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, Newton Upper Falls, MA

St. Boniface Hospital has grown from a one-room clinic to an 124-bed hospital with some of Haiti’s best medical professionals specializing in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, surgery and dentistry. This presentation will discuss the hospital's mission and how St. Boniface is leading the REPARE Biomedical Engineering Technician program, a public/private partnership between SBHF, USAID, the Kellogg Foundation and the GE Foundation. The program will train a new generation of Haitian biomedical engineering technicians, who will work to maintain and repair medical equipment at hospitals across the country - ensuring doctors and patients have access to equipment whenever they need it.

A Site-to-Site Approach to Medical Device Donations

Audra Poe, Director, TriMedx Foundation, Indianapolis, IN

Georgia Winson, President and Executive Director, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, Springfield, IL

Ratish Kumar, Biomedical Engineering Supervisor, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, Springfield, IL

Invited - Project Manager, TriMedx, Indianapolis, IN

This panel will discuss how they are working together to better recover, distribute and manage equipment. The presentation will share practical strategies for hospitals, vendors and stakeholders to develop annual plans for equipment distribution consistent with planned replacement, equipment distribution guidelines and priorities, internal financial needs and the needs of potential recipients. Topics include:

  • Benefits and Drivers – Community benefit, corporate responsibility, and best possible use across device lifecycle.
  • Protocols and Tools – Decision making across redistribution, donation, sales and disposal.
  • Stakeholder Engagement Strategies – Untapped human and organization assets.

Frontline Solutions For The “Last Mile”

Michael Seo, ReaMedica founder, New York, NY

Dean Hodgskiss, Biomedical Engineer and founder, Looksee.do, Johannesburg, South Africa

When repurposed medical equipment performs as expected it is a vital part of strengthening an under-resourced health system. Yet failure rates of medical equipment is unacceptably high with on-the-ground or “last mile” monitoring and maintenance capacity unable to keep up with the supply landing in-country. From a last mile lifecycle purview, with references from GE Africa and the Guateng regional hospital system, we will discuss and demonstrate one approach to empowering local partners and information transparency through technology.

  • Landing and Installation – Is it what it is supposed to be? How do we confirm proper hand-off, equipment tracking and installation?
  • Technical Decision Support – Are we prepared for the equipment? Do we have robust diagnostics and maintenance systems in place?
  • End-of-Service Management – And now what? How can we take on this neglected area of medical equipment supervision?

Building A Pull VS. Push Donation Model

Bryan Castro, Sr. Manager, Neurovascular Services, Stryker Performance Solutions

Shabab Gruberg, CEO & Co-Founder, Humanitarian Exchange International

Small Group Discussion

Small groups will discuss presentations and respond to these questions.

  • Are there innovations that could be put into place?
  • How does medical surplus contribute to deepen the existing problems?
  • How to better recover, distribute and manage equipment?

Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch and Networking

Innovation Design Sessions

The participants will join innovation leaders to develop recommendations for a medical device donation agenda designed to better equip and support in-country recipient organizations, create working partnerships with all donors, overcome medical device management challenges and strengthen healthcare systems.

  • Developing a roadmap for sourcing parts.
  • Incentives collaboration.
  • Site-to-site support systems.
  • Cutting edge support technology.
  • Economic viability and sustainable solutions.

Design Session Outcomes Review and Next Steps Discussion

  • Review the design session findings and recommendations.
  • Discuss and prioritize the recommendations.
  • Discuss next steps and proposed steering committee.

4:00 PM Adjourn

Reception at Brother’s Brother Foundation

6:30 - 8:00 PM

  • 2730 Prosperity Avenue,, Suite #110, Dock #5, Fairfax, VA 22031
  • 703-992-9210

Additional Meeting Information

Summit Hotel - DoubleTree by Hilton

Address: 300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

To reserve your room at the special group rate of $189/night please contact the hotel directly at (800) 222-TREE (8733).

Ask for the Catholic Health Association Event - MedSurplus Alliance Rate $189.00 The rate is available the nights of Sept 25th, 26th and 27th.

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