Care Innovations Summit held in Washington, DC
The very first Care Innovations Summit was held on January 26, 2012 and was attended by officials from the Obama administration and leaders in the health care field for the purpose of discussing ideas to lower health care costs and improve the quality of health care. This Summit was hosted by The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) and the Office of the National Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over 1,000 medical professionals, health care policymakers, scholars and investors met at this Summit to discuss how to make healthcare more effective and affordable by taking cutting-edge ideas and incorporating them into healthcare practices throughout the country. Some of the issues talked about included improving Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention. A number of sponsors introduced The Alzheimer’s Challenge 2012, a “contest” open to the general public, including healthcare providers, students, patients, and businesses, for the purpose of creating or developing tools and concepts for assessing, diagnosing and monitoring Alzheimer’s disease.