2023 Digital Therapeutics Alliance Inaugural Summit: DTx Industry Leaders Gather to Transform Global Healthcare

Held at the Washington D.C. Marriott at Metro Center June 7 – 9, 2023.The 3-day Summit programming will be facilitated by leaders from all facets of the DTx industry, including policymakers, manufacturers, payors, and other experts to guide innovation and equity in healthcare.

Arlington, VA, March 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA) is hosting its Inaugural Summit on June 7-9, 2023 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Leaders from all facets of the digital therapeutics (DTx) ecosystem, including policymakers, clinicians, and payors, will join DTA members to discuss the challenges and opportunities of DTx integration into the healthcare system and identify optimized policy, reimbursement, and regulatory pathways to accelerate adoption.

The 3-day Summit programming will be facilitated by Andy Molnar, Chief Executive Officer of DTA, and feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions that cover the advancement of DTx, the impact of healthcare policy, reimbursement and regulatory pathways, clinical evidence requirements, and patient access optimization.

DTA’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Molnar states: “We are here to transform healthcare and deliver a new category of medicine to patients to improve their lives. The 2023 DTA Inaugural Summit brings together the leaders in healthcare innovation that are making these monumental changes. We are building viable frameworks with partners from Capitol Hill, the investment ecosystem, clinicians, health plans, patients, and caregivers.”

DTx products use evidence-based, clinically evaluated technologies to optimize clinical and health economic outcomes, deliver high quality therapies to underserved populations, and transform how patients understand, manage, and engage in their healthcare.

Leading into the Summit, US-focused DTA members and staff will convene in Washington D.C. to meet with congressional members and other influential parties to advocate for the Access to Prescription Digital Therapeutics Act (S. 723 and H.R. 1458).This bill seeks to create a new benefit category for digital therapeutics and ensure permanent coverage and reimbursement of DTx products by Medicare and Medicaid.

Everett Crosland, DTA board member and Chief Commercial Officer for Cognito Therapeutics, commented, “Given the rapidly evolving reimbursement environment, DTA’s 2023 Inaugural Summit offers the DTx industry an unprecedented opportunity to engage and advocate on the issues that matter most to our companies, patients, providers, and payor partners. I’m excited to speak about the emerging frameworks that are shaping our future.”

Event details and registration: 2023 DTA Inaugural Summit 

About DTA:

The Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA) is a global non-profit trade association of industry leaders and stakeholders with the mission of broadening the understanding, adoption, and integration of digital therapeutics into healthcare. DTA works to enable expanded access to high quality, evidence-based digital therapeutics for patients, clinicians, and payors to improve clinical and health economic outcomes. To learn more, please visit: www.dtxalliance.org and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Mchunu commends public-private partnership in N Cape mega water scheme

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and Northern Cape Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, have hailed the public-private partnership between the Mining Leadership Forum (MLF) and the department, which saw the completion of the first phase of the Vaal-Gamagara Water Supply Scheme.

The R1.7 billion water supply scheme, which is located in John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, is a joint venture between the department and the local mining forum.

The project, constructed by Bloem Water as the implementing agent, was completed in June 2022.

The project included the upgrading of a 75-kilometre existing steel pipeline to benefit various water users including various mines, municipalities, the agricultural sector and approximately 6 000 households in Gamagara and Tsantsabane Local Municipalities.

Handing over the completed project to Bloem Water to manage, Mchunu said the completion of the project was due to the collaboration between government and the MLF, which funded the project to ensure that water challenges are addressed in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District.

“We appreciate and acknowledge this contribution made by the MLF and this justifies the fact that government jointly with private organisations can work together to expedite service delivery,” Mchunu said on Thursday.

He acknowledged the importance of public-private partnerships, saying government has demonstrated that it can build trust with private institutions for the benefit of the people.

“Let us use this trust and make this completed project thrive for the advancement of service delivery. The water sector needs more of these partnerships to ensure that water is brought to people’s homes, thus changing their lives for the better.”

Saul welcomed the completion of Phase 1 of the project, which will address most of the water supply challenges in the district.

He said that the Northern Cape mostly comprises desert areas, which lack rainfall.

The construction of the pipelines will see many more homes receiving clean drinking water.

“We truly believe that the only way we can improve the quality of lives of the people is through massive investment in social infrastructure, and that includes the provision of fresh water supply and dignified sanitation to the communities.

“We have witnessed the execution and the success of this water project, and we are looking forward to the second phase of the pipeline project,” Saul said.

Sifiso Nxumalo, from the MLF, said the refurbishment of the pipeline prioritised communities as the main beneficiaries, and it has ensured that more megalitres of water per day are being provided to benefit household that have been struggling with clean, fresh water supply in the district.

Mchunu said the department will forge ahead with the partnership with the MLF for Phase 2 of the Vaal-Gamagara Water Supply Scheme, which is worth a total of R4.8 billion.

“The second phase of the water project is also about the upgrading of a 260-kilometre remaining pipeline, from the Vaal River Pump Station to Roscoe near Kathu in the Gamagara Municipality,” Mchunu said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Justice Department mitigates load shedding impact on courts

Justice and Correctional Services (DJCOD) Minister Ronald Lamola says the department is doing all it can to mitigate the impact of load shedding on court services.

He said the delivery of justice services must continue, despite the challenges of scheduled power outages.

“We have to do everything we can to adjust to the challenges that confront us… and ensure that the justice system functions, despite our challenges,” Lamola said.

According to the department, plans have been registered to provide alternative power solutions to courts and service points.

“To ensure that disruptions to court activities are kept to a minimum, [the department] has registered a project to install 80 generators at various service points. The project is at different phases of implementation in the provinces.

“All other capital, upgrading and refurbishment projects registered with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) include the provision of generators or alternative power supply to ensure that service points are always functional.

“The [department] has also embarked on a pilot programme to install inverters/solar power at various service points through the new minor works delegation received from DPWI in October 2022,” the department said.

Furthermore, several superior courts were provided with generators to “mitigate the risks of power failures and/or load shedding”.

“Courts with generators will now take part in the transversal contract on the provision of diesel so that courts can operate without disruptions. In addition, DPWI has advised that they are engaging a term-contractor for maintenance of the existing generators. Emergency lights have been procured for cells and all dark areas in courthouses.

“Court personnel continue to serve the public during load shedding, focusing on administrative processes that can be done manually. These processes are then captured on ICMS, MojaPay and other IT systems once electricity is back,” the DJCOD said.

The department has also moved to avert potential data losses and ensure business continuity at all networks by providing uninterrupted power supply (UPS) systems in all server rooms.

“UPS units are, however, required for court recording technology (CRT) machines in all these courts to prevent data loss and minimise interruptions,” the DJCOD said.

The department is also engaging with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and with the Minister in the Presidency for Electricity to “explore the possibility of justice service points being red flagged and not to put the power off during the times in which the courts and other service delivery points need to function”.

Source: South African Government News Agency