Ventura County: Senior Summit 2017

By Sheryl Hamlin

Supervisor Parks opened the sixth Ventura County Senior Summit on October 21, 2017 welcoming a full house of about 300 in attendance. On a Ventura perfect day at the historic CSU Channel Islands campus, guests arrived by car or in county provided buses carrying groups from different cities who were then shuttled by student volunteers to the grand salon.

The theme of the summit was “Don’t be a dinosaur in a tech-savvy world” with topics ranging from emoji games, generational technology shifts, artificial intelligence, hospital automation, home automation, health portals and health gadgets. Supervisor Parks’ team organized two keynote speakers, on-line demonstrations, fourteen breakout session presenters, dozens of information health provider vendors, raffle tickets, breakfast, lunch, goody bags, venue and logicstics arrangements as well as sponsors who made the day possible. Click here for the full program.

Grand Salon at Capacity

Newly installed CSUCI President Dr. Erika Beck was introduced by Supervisor Parks. Dr. Beck spoke humorously about her own recent induction into technology, as if to say “jump in” to the seniors present.

Introduction of Dr. Beck

Showcasing Ventura’s in-house expertise, Mike Pettit, County Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Stan C. Patterson, M.D, Chief Medical Information Officer Ventura County Health Care Agency, gave morning and afternoon keynote addresses. Mr. Pettit spoke about the future of technology in a positive light, while Dr. Patterson explained Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how this technology would be used to meet shortages in the numbers of required health professionals for the growing base of the population over age 55, now numbering 55 million.

Monique Nowlin presented six different companies focusing on brain strengthening applications. While the effects and promises of such apps have yet to be determined conclusively, the market for these products is huge. She said that by 2040, there will be 250,000 residents of Ventura county over 60 years old.

As a trained physician, a practicing attorney and a knowledgeable health technology visionary, Dr. Carlo Reyes, MD, ESQ. can only be described as a rainmaker. His deep understanding of patient-centric medicine, electronic patient portals and health information exchanges, as well as issues in exchanging data between silos of medical information, have brought his expertise together into a new commercial venture: Health-e-MedRecord. The first product to be offered is “an EMR agnostic POLST eRegistry solution “ for seamless interchange of advanced healthcare planning documents. This is a product and a CEO to watch.

During the awards section of the program, the 2017 Recipient of the Hank Lacayo Senior Advocacy Award, Suz Montgomery, made a succinct but powerful statement: we seniors are no longer invisible. Demographics prove this point.

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