COVID-19 left an indelible mark on healthcare in the United States and Wisconsin. As the pandemic subsides, what should providers, payers and young companies know about the future?

A panel of experts will explore trends and discuss what comes next at the ninth annual Wisconsin Tech Summit, which will take place March 14 in-person at Lambeau Field.

General admission registration is open.

Dr. Bill Melms, chief medical officer at Marshfield Clinic Health System; Jed Roher, a partner at the law firm of Husch Blackwell whose practice includes healthcare; and Jeff Tucker, vice president of business development and care innovation at Marshfield, will make up the panel. Tech Council President Tom Still will moderate.

“Innovators want to know what ‘pain points’ they can ease for providers. Payers want to know how they can make health care more efficient. Employers want to know how they can continue to afford quality coverage for their employees,” Still said. “In short, what did the pandemic teach us about innovation and evolving health care needs.”

The Tech Summit is built around series of brief meetings, or “speed dates,” to foster communication and partnership. It is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum.

The March 14 “speed date” meetings are 15 minutes each with five minutes between. Other features of the event are:

  • Educational “Office Hours” seminars, which will be available to all participants during those times in which they are not scheduled for individual meetings;
  • An event overview and opening discussion to help set the stage for emerging companies by allowing major firms to talk generally about their goals, needs and emerging markets; and
  • A free tour of Lambeau Field for all registrants.

Sponsors thus far include; AT&T, AVI Systems, Baird Capital, BDO, Findorff, Flad Architects, Google, Insperity, Kwik Trip, Marshfield Clinic Health System, PDS, Rockwell Automation, Ruder Ware, Shive-Hattery, TDS, Turo, University Research Park, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, UWM Research Foundation, Versiti, WEA Trust, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp, WHEFA and Zendesk.

Major firms attending the 2022 Tech Summit are: 3M, Advocate Aurora Research Institute, American Family Insurance, Exact Sciences, Findorff, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, J.P. Morgan, Kimberly-Clark, Kwik Trip, Marshfield Clinic Health System, OEM Fabricators, Oshkosh Corp., Promega, Rockwell Automation, Schreiber Foods, Shive-Hattery, Sub-Zero Group and TitletownTech.

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