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

  • Cindy Hallberlin
    Cindy Hallberlin
    Chair of the Summit and Head of Partnerships, DHIT
  • Spencer Dorn, MD
    Spencer Dorn, MD
    Vice Chair & Professor of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Sally Frank
    Sally Frank
    Worldwide Lead, Microsoft for Startups
  • Austin Walters
    Austin Walters
    Founder & Managing Partner, SpringTide Ventures
  • Kim Baich
    Kim Baich
    Chief Diversity & Health Equity Officer, PAN Foundation
  • Dan Dodson
    Dan Dodson
    System Director, Digital Health and Innovation at UNC Health
  • Corey Mercy
    Corey Mercy
    Head of Delivery Excellence, Health and Human Services at Google
  • Anton Ilarionov, PhD
    Anton Ilarionov, PhD
    Network Expansion & Partnerships, DHIT
  • Fabrice Brunet, MD
    Fabrice Brunet, MD
    President and CEO, QIS
  • Kathy Malas
    Kathy Malas
    Chief Research, Learning, Innovation and AI Officer, CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest

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