By Jamie DeMent & Katie Holba
Sometimes it takes traveling 2,300+ miles to make connections with the great developments happening in your own backyard. Earlier this month, CRDA attended HIMSS 2018 (Health and Information Management Systems Global Annual Conference) in Las Vegas. With over 2.25 million sq ft of exhibition space and 50,000+ attendees, Charleston healthcare and academic institutions and digital health companies stood out, reinforcing Charleston is on the map for digital health innovation.
CRDA attended with the purpose of building relationships with leading companies in the industry, learning best practices in tech talent recruitment, and supporting Charleston’s Health IT ecosystem. For example, we picked up key talent recruitment insights from Apple and Allscripts that we can apply on behalf of our community.
CRDA engaged with our local healthcare and academic systems including The Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis, and The University of South Carolina as key assets for new companies entering the Charleston market. For example, MUSC’s Foundation for Research & Development is supporting innovation through a new technology accelerator, HITS.
During the conference, we connected a prospect company considering locating in Charleston with these strategic partners.
CRDA also connected with local Charleston digital tech startups: Blackbaud, PokitDok, PhishLabs, and Verge Health to learn about the solutions they offer customers and expand the region’s health IT storytelling arsenal.
Attending the show was important for CRDA to liaise with leaders in global digital health innovation and be part of the conversation to ensure Charleston is a supportive, aligned, and adaptive community for the Health IT sector. Our organization’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for long-term regional prosperity and attract the world’s best companies, talent, and entrepreneurs to the three-county Charleston region. By helping to build a stronger ecosystem, CRDA is helping to ensure Charleston’s economic momentum continues to thrive.
“The upshot is that, while the technology sector is growing twice as fast as the world economy and transforming all types of different industries, the vast majority of that wealth creation is concentrated in only a handful of places. Without attending to creating a strong startup ecosystem, the slice of global technology and economic returns that is captured by other regions will fall.” – Startup Genome Report 2017, highlights in their recent report the importance of a strong ecosystem
Katie Holba | Business Development Coordinator
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