Co-CEO Robert C. Garrett hosts panel on the global transition of health care delivery and Dr. Andre Goy leads a discussion on the impact of virtual reality technology to enhance health care
Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most integrated health care network, announced today that Co-CEO Robert C. Garrett and Andre Goy, M.D. chairman and executive director, chief of Lymphoma at the John Theurer Cancer Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, led influential panels at the prestigious World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Mr. Garrett led a working group of international health care leaders tasked with providing solutions to improve health care delivery worldwide, a vital mission as countries in all corners of the globe strive to improve health outcomes while lowering costs.
“Not only are we radically changing where and how we treat patients globally, we are shifting our gaze to prevention and maintaining health, a challenging but essential proposition given the aging global population and the increase in chronic illness,” Mr. Garrett said.
“We formed a global provider group which will focus on innovation to enhance the digital infrastructure and target the most challenging chronic diseases,” Mr. Garrett said. “We left Davos with the seeds of formidable proposals which will ultimately have real impact on health care.”
Participants in the panel included leaders from the Mayo Clinic, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Kaiser Permanente and NMC Health, the UAE’s largest private health care company.
In the U.S. and abroad, a growing segment of the population suffers from chronic disease which consumes an overwhelming amount of health care dollars. Diabetes alone affects 422 million people, including 100 million people in the U.S. or nearly one third of the population. That includes diabetes and pre-diabetes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting provided a platform for public-private cooperation to advance global health and the health care industry.
Dr. Goy was a discussion leader on a panel evaluating the impact of Virtual Reality (VR) in health care and other industries in the future. In the same way the desktop computer drove the growth of the electronics industry through the early 2,000s, many leaders in the industry believe VR will be the device to do the same in the 2020s.
“This year at Davos, there were over 50 sessions focused on health and healthcare — illustrating the rapid and complex changes happening in the field. Precision medicine, value-based care and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, remote monitoring and virtual care delivery are already reshaping the field.” said Dr. Goy. “In addition, there were discussions highlighting the importance of brain health across the spectrum of medical conditions, the potential for improving health through microbiome modifications, as well as the future of regenerative medicine, aimed at not just extending life but enhancing functional living.”
About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; 11 community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
Additionally, the network has more than 160 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
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