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Monday, June 20 • 10:00am - 11:30am
#100: Opening Plenary: The Future of Healthcare

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Component Type: Forum
Level: Basic
CE: ACPE 1.00 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-22-660-L04-P; CME 1.00; RN 1.00

As we emerge from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the importance of inspiration and seeing a future where all people have access to lifesaving interventions has never been greater, and DIA aims to highlight some of the most forward-looking and positive views of what the future of healthcare will be. This year’s format will be presented as a series of perspectives representing diversity of thinking, topic, and geography, to include:

The Future of Healthcare is Inclusive
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought increased awareness to the importance of including the intended population for use of products in their development. Specifically, assuring gender, racial and ethnic, and age-related diversity and inclusion are actively sought and included in the design, testing and implementation of approaches for the treatment and prevention of disease. This presentation will focus on the use of data and analytics, including artificial intelligence to recruit a representative population for a trial.

The Future of Healthcare is Global
Overcoming barriers to access globally requires information sharing, trusted communication, and increased awareness of regulatory science challenges. Collaboration and coordination, as demonstrated by medicines regulatory authorities in times of crisis, can enhance global reliance and cooperation to increase efficiency and bring solutions to the patients that need them.

The Future of Healthcare is Centered on the Individual Patient
Patients have always been at the center of their care but there is growing need and acceptance in clinical R&D that patients are stakeholders in clinical decision making, health IT user experience, and medical product development. Focusing on what matters to patients and gathering feedback through the clinical development pipeline is an important element of improving study quality and ultimately impacting accessibility, perceptions, and market penetration. Patient preferences and satisfaction also serve as indicators for continuous improvement that can drive retention and operational efficiency.

The Future of Healthcare is Digital
Digital technologies such as wearables and video-enabled exchanges now allow for the remote collection of data and interactions with patients. In this talk a patient will share first-hand accounts of the impact of digital access to their health journey and participation in clinical trials.

Learning Objectives

Recognize the diverse sources of data that need to be collected and analyzed to provide customized and improved care; Identify collaborations that can enhance global cooperation to increase efficiency and bring solutions to the patients that need them; Discuss forward-looking and positive perspectives regarding the future of healthcare.


Barbara Lopez Kunz, MBA, MS, MSc


Introduction of Global Awards and Fellows
Judith Ng-Cashin, MD

Honorary Co-Chair
Robert M. Califf, MD

Honorary Co-Chair
Stephanie Y. Crawford, PhD, MPH, MS

Plenary Moderator
Cynthia L. Verst, PharmD, MS

The Future of Healthcare is Centered on the Individual Patient
Kenneth Getz, MBA

The Future of Healthcare is Inclusive
Miruna Sasu, PhD, MBA

The Future of Healthcare is Global
Emer Cooke, MBA, MSc

The Future of Healthcare is Digital: A Patient Perspective
Andre Asbury

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Barbara Lopez Kunz

Global Chief Executive, DIA, United States
Barbara Lopez Kunz serves as President and Global Chief Executive of DIA, driving thought leadership and innovation in therapeutic development to improve the health of people worldwide. She previously served as President of Health and Life Sciences at Battelle, one of the world’s... Read More →
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Judith Ng-Cashin

United States
Judith Ng-Cashin, MD, former Chief Medical Officer at Eagle Pharmaceuticals, leading R&D across the development pipeline and marketed products. Prior to this role, she served as CMO for AOBiome Therapeutics, leading end-to-end asset development strategy, medical governance, and manufacturing... Read More →
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Robert Califf

Commissioner, FDA, United States
As Commissioner, Dr. Califf oversees the full breadth of the FDA portfolio and execution of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other applicable laws. This includes assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological... Read More →
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Stephanie Crawford

Professor, Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Stephanie Crawford, PhD, MPH, is Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Strategic Initiatives and Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on access, disparities... Read More →
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Cynthia Verst

President, Design and Delivery Innovation, Research & Development Solutions, IQVIA, United States
Dr. Cynthia Verst is President, Design and Delivery Innovation, Research & Development Solutions at IQVIA. Having previously served as president of both Clinical Operations and Real World and Late Phase Research for IQVIA, Dr. Verst brings a holistic view of clinical research, and... Read More →
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Miruna Sasu

President and Chief Executive Officer, COTA, United States
With over 20 years of experience leading digital health teams at large pharmaceutical companies, Miruna brings great insight and expertise to her new role at COTA. Since joining the company last year, she has made a significant impact driven by her commitment to better cancer care... Read More →
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Emer Cooke

Executive Director, Chair, ICMRA, European Medicines Agency, Netherlands
Ms Cooke was nominated as Executive Director with a renewable five-year mandate by the Agency’s Management Board on 25 June 2020 and is the first woman at the helm of EMA. "I take up the role of Executive Director of EMA amid a public health crisis of unprecedented scale,” said... Read More →
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Andre Asbury

Patient Representative, The Chicago Lighthouse, United States
Andre Asbury is a Retail Sales Lead at The Chicago Lighthouse’s Tools for Living Store. In his role he meets with blind and visually impaired customers to answer questions about the newest innovations in assistive technology and independent living aids. In addition, Andre is an... Read More →

Monday June 20, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
Room Skyline 375 CDE McCormick Place 2301 South Indiana Avenue Gate 40 Chicago, IL 60616
  00: Plenary, Forum |   14: DIAmond, Forum
  • Level Basic
  • Level Basic
  • Credit Type ACPE, CME, RN
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