Accelerating Health Innovation Adoption

The NCHID Digital Health Summit will bring together an international audience of thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the healthcare ecosystem here in North Carolina and beyond to explore how early-stage innovators can drive health transformation.

Our goal is to provide innovators with the resources, network, and opportunity to drive meaningful change in how healthcare is designed, delivered and experienced — creating new models of care that will bring the future of health into real-world settings to produce measurable impact.

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Our expert panels will guide innovators through the journey of selling, providing value, measuring outcomes, and collaborating across the ecosystem to deliver real- world impact.


Meet with industry thought leaders, investors, and like-minded innovators as we build Communities of Practice focused on key areas of need.


Highlighting local innovations and talent to stimulate the ideation and solution design process and matchmaking to support acceleration into market.

Featured Speakers

  • Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS
    Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS
    Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives Lab, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ramin Bastani
    Ramin Bastani
    CEO and Founder, Healthvana
  • Elena Brondolo, MPH, MBA, EdD
    Elena Brondolo, MPH, MBA, EdD
    Director, Future of Healthcare Founder Residency, The Roux Institute, Northeastern University
  • Fabrice Brunet, MD
    Fabrice Brunet, MD
    President and CEO, QIS
  • Trudy Buckingham, MSPH
    Trudy Buckingham, MSPH
    Executive Director, Patient-Focused Implementation Science, Gilead Sciences
  • Eugene Buff
    Eugene Buff
    Director, Health Sciences Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Northeastern University, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Jennifer D’Angelo, MSHCM
    Jennifer D’Angelo, MSHCM
    Senior Vice President and General Manager, New Jersey Innovation Institute
  • Samira Daswani, MS
    Samira Daswani, MS
    Founder & CEO, Manta Cares
  • Lindsay Deneault, MBA
    Lindsay Deneault, MBA
    AVP, Partnership Development, Atrium Health
  • Dan Dodson, MBA, MSMI
    Dan Dodson, MBA, MSMI
    System Director, Digital Health and Innovation at UNC Health
  • Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA
    Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA
    Vice Chair & Professor of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Sally Frank, MBA
    Sally Frank, MBA
    Worldwide Lead, Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft for Startups
  • Donald Goodwin
    Donald Goodwin
    Managing Partner, Business Development & Strategy, Bluedoor Group
  • Kevin Hagan, MA
    Kevin Hagan, MA
    President & CEO, Pan Foundation
  • Cindy Hallberlin, JD
    Cindy Hallberlin, JD
    Chief Collaboration and Compliance Officer
  • Kimberly Hames, MBA
    Kimberly Hames, MBA
    Engagement Director, Deloitte Digital
  • Don Jones, JD, MBA
    Don Jones, JD, MBA
    Operating Partner, Takeda Ventures
  • Michael Levy, MBA
    Michael Levy, MBA
    Chief Executive Officer, DHIT Global
  • Jennifer McCafferty-Fernandez, PhD
    Jennifer McCafferty-Fernandez, PhD
    Senior Vice President, Strategy & External Affairs, Chief of Staff to CEO, Nicklaus Children's Health System
  • Corey Mercy, PhD
    Corey Mercy, PhD
    Head of Delivery Excellence, Health and Human Services at Google
  • Tony Newberne
    Tony Newberne
    Founder & Coach, Changing Lives FITness
  • Anne Nguyen, LSSBB
    Anne Nguyen, LSSBB
    Chief AI Officer, Quebec Innovation Council
  • Claire Elizabeth Smith
    Claire Elizabeth Smith
    Principal, SpringTide Ventures
  • Austin Walters, MBA
    Austin Walters, MBA
    Founder & Managing Partner, SpringTide Ventures
  • Michael Vaccaro, DNP, RN, BSN, MHA/MBA, CENP
    Michael Vaccaro, DNP, RN, BSN, MHA/MBA, CENP
    Senior Vice President of Nursing, Novant Health

Featured Sponsors

“Thank you for an excellent 2 days. The content and interactions, the spirit and people…everything exceeded my expectations. You guys really do a great job with this. I am looking forward to staying in touch and to coming back in 2020, definitely.”

Marc Saab, Founder & Managing Director, BML Technology

“Thanks for inviting me to your amazing DHIT summit! I didn’t know what to expect and am so glad I was able to experience it in person. Congrats on assembling such a diverse and insightful group, willing to look at problems together and accept the challenge of co-creating solutions. You’re breaking down the invisible barriers (mostly mindsets), illuminating paths forward, and activating the change agent in all of us. I am learning from you every time we intersect. Thank you for bringing me into your community and practice. I am early in my Jedi journey and look forward to the road ahead.”

Alice Pomponio, Mass Bio

“What a fantastic Summit! I was able to make so many contacts and develop relationships that I think will be key as we move forward.”

Dr. Todd Telemeco, Founding Dean, College of Health Sciences, UNC Pembroke

“It was fantastic sharing with you and your colleagues during this Summit. I learned a lot and I am grateful you invited me. We are waiting for you for continuing our collaboration here in Montreal.”

Dr. Fabrice Brunet, President & CEO, University of Montreal Health System

“I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you and the entire team for having pulled off such an awesome event last week. I met many highly motivated and talented people over the course of the two days. You put together a very strong line-up, and from a participant’s perspective, everything came off very well. As I mentioned, I especially appreciate the very attractive visuals you had around the room. It shows a real pride and attention to detail. Congrats on a roaring success!”

Glenn Pearson, Founder & Principal, Pearson Health Tech Insights; Former EVP, Georgia Hospital Association

“The level of experience and insight from international healthcare leaders was absolutely key in delivering actionable insights and shared learning, keeping the attendees engaged and inspired.”

Dr. Michael Ruhlen, VP of Medical Education, Atrium Health

“This Summit allows us to reach our goal to foster Quebec’s economic relationship with North Carolina in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. It is actually the first time that we have organized a mission focused on digital health in the Southeast, and we can’t think of a better event to connect our innovating start-ups with the NC ecosystem.”

Donald Leblanc, Québec Delegate for the Southeastern United States

The North Carolina Health Innovation District (NCHID) brings together the 350+ innovation centers and entrepreneurial hubs with a diverse mix of stakeholders from across the ecosystem, including payers, providers, pharma, researchers, policymakers, technologists, investors, and more. The emphasis will be on building Communities of Practice to foster a collaborative environment focused on supporting early-stage ventures who are bringing disruptive technology and solutions to healthcare.

See the Highlights from our last Summit