Event Date: October 25, 2023
Time: 8:30-10:00 am
Location: Zoom
Admission: Free


In our first presentation, we get another opportunity to travel into the metaverse. This time we get an update on exciting development sat OmniLife VR. Based in NKC, OmniLife VR is a locally-owned, faith-based company with a global vision. Founded by Marco Stanich, whose journey from the cellular phone industry led to a profound belief in the potential of VR a decade ago. OmniLife VR takes pride in their commitment to faith-based values and creating safe spaces for everyone within the virtual realm. This dedication to inclusivity and safety is a core principle that drives their work.

Our presenter will be John E Avocado, who joined the team as a sales rep last July and now serves as the Director of Sales. With a diverse background spanning the Air Force, CAD, 3D animation, and now virtual reality, John exemplifies the spirit of innovation that defines OmniLife VR.

Our second presentation will focus on how the incorporation of technology in healthcare is essential to driving an integrated care model –one which is holistic, person-centered, and shows clear communication between the different specialties, providers, and levels of care. The explosive growth and adoption of virtual consultations, remote monitoring, mobile health, digital therapeutics, artificial intelligence/machine learning has gained significant support from doctors and patients alike. The role and importance of digital health in integrated care has never been greater. Understanding this field is critical as we work towards more integrated models of care – the validation and adoption of medical advances, using critical insights from health information, and optimizing specialists and providers for person-centered, high-quality, cost-effective care.

Our presenter will be Elizabeth Crocker, MHA, MSc (Hons),BSN, BSc (Hons), RN, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Emerald Venture Partners. Emerald Venture Partners is an international consultancy specializing is Health Sciences, Health Technologies, and Health Informatics. The company works with researchers, innovators, transformers, accelerators, and investors, to help drive the development of bioscience and healthcare innovations from conceptualization to commercialization. Elizabeth is an She founded four previous companies in the US and the UK and has been the CEO, COO, and board member of several health and med tech start-ups and established businesses. Her full profile is available here.

For those who are interested in a recap of our great September meeting with Telehealth ROCKS and sisu, the recording, chat, and slides are located in this folder.

Every month, we bring together a group of health care stakeholders to learn and share about technology and innovation projects happening in the region–and occasionally related topics from outside the Greater Kansas City area. Our stakeholders include hospitals and the health care system, city and state government officials, health IT firms and other corporate partners, startups working in health and wellness, and other civic organizations. The meetings are open, though not widely broadcast. They generally happen on the last Wednesday of the month, 8:30-10:00 am.
We send out an email agenda and calendar invite to this stakeholder list, which we loosely call the Health Innovation Team. If you wish to be added to the email list, please send a note to jfitzpatrick@kcdigitaldrive.org.