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New technologies in healthcare will be front and center a conference in Rochester coming up on November 14.

Pandion Optimization Alliance will present the 2018 Healthcare Innovations Conference at the Rochester Riverside Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Christine Ballard, the Director of Quality and Education at Pandion, and Dr. Tarun Bhalla, the Chief of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, discussed the event Tuesday during News 8 at Sunrise.

“This is going to be a very diverse group of people speaking to up-and-coming innovations for difficult health problems,” explained Ballard. “We’ve got the Mobile Stroke Unit, that Dr. Bhalla will be speaking about, but we also have 3-D models for surgical precision, we’ve got Telemedicine, and we’ve got people really talking about how do we create a more effective electronic health record. I know that both patients and physicians really struggle with that. We’ve got a little bit of everything for a wide audience.”

Ballard said organizers hope students who are interested in healthcare, as well as physicians and nurses will attend and gain valuable insight.

Dr. Bhalla will be among the presenters at the day long conference. He’ll highlight a game changing piece of new technology in the Rochester area. “The Mobile Stroke Unit, I think, is a new era when we talked about stroke care,” he said. “Christine talked about the challenges for health care. Certainly, for me in my career, no other challenge has really been at the forefront, than a time-sensitive disease like stroke, where time really matters. We’ve gotten very good in the past 10 to 15 years at opening up blocked blood vessels, and giving medical therapy to patients who are suffering from stroke, but they need to get to us. What the Mobile Stroke Unit does, is it doesn’t just bring the ambulance to the patient. It brings the expertise of the physician right to the patient’s door. It brings a CAT Scanner right to the patient’s door. It has the ability to do blood work, right on the ambulance, and to make treatment decisions right onto the patient’s driveway.”

The Mobile Stroke Unit has only been active locally for just over a month, but already has made a positive impact. “I think it’s made a difference in patients’ lives,” said Dr. Bhalla. “Since it started rolling, about thirty minutes in, we got our first stroke call and that patient had a remarkable outcome.”

Using technology to improve patient outcomes is what this conference is all about. “With Rochester having health care as their number one industry, it’s important to continue to highlight these innovations that Dr. Bhalla, and so many other physicians, researches and nurses alike, are doing within our community,” Ballard said. “We’re excited that this year we’ll have an amazing conference that highlights the Mobile Stroke Unit, and certainly for years to come continuing to bring these innovations to people.”

To register and for more information about the 2018 Healthcare Innovations Conference, visit PandionAlliance.com.

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