NHRMC Leaders Featured in Cucalorus Talks on Innovation, Healthcare Technology

November 07, 2018

New Hanover Regional Medical Center leaders are driving the conversation on innovation and healthcare technology in the upcoming Cucalorus Connect conference.

Chris Hillier, NHRMC’s executive director for innovation, is headlining a Friday morning healthtech symposium. Hillier will broadly lay out NHRMC’s vision for innovation and highlight the partnership with tekMountain. He will also talk about the potential role of the creative arts on healthcare, ranging from using games to change human behaviors to creating avatars to better engage people in their health

Hillier is also moderating a Friday afternoon discussion that will touch on the importance of data as well as opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the field of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics.

Meanwhile, Dr. Philip Brown, NHRMC’s chief physician executive, will speak on a panel on digital health, including how consumers feel about connected devices and monitors.

Cucalorus celebrates independent and international film for five days. Integrated into the overall film festival is Cucalorus Connect conference, where technology and creativity collide in a series of workshops, panel discussions and presentations, which is a natural fit with the mission of NHRMC’s Innovation Center.

The Innovation Center launched earlier this year to foster and test creative ideas for improving health and wellness. The center allows employees and physicians to collaborate with community partners and thought leaders from various industries in an environment conducive to innovative thinking.

The Innovation Center is working in partnership with tekMountain, the creative corporate innovation center spawned by Wilmington’s CastleBranch. The partnership will work to strengthen the awareness and adoption of emerging health technology initiatives that are tightly aligned with NHRMC’s strategic initiatives and the health needs of our community.

Chris Hillier’s opening talk is at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Dr. Brown’s panel begins at 1:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and Hillier’s moderated discussion begins at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Joe Conway, NHRMC's director of health equity and human experience, is also speaking on a panel at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, on access to healthy, fresh food and grocery stores.

Tickets to each event are $10. For more information, visit http://www.cucalorus.org/connect-category/healthtech/