TAMPA - Every community wants to be the 'Silicon Valley' of something, but Tampa Bay is getting serious about becoming a hub of innovation for health care in the next decade. Nearly 600 people came out to hear the pitch Monday at the Waterside Marriott in Tampa.
Nibbling on celery and strawberries during an intermission, most attendees seem convinced the Tampa Bay area could become a health care leader by 2023.
"I want this to be the place where really crazy ideas come, and the development along with it," said USF Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko.
Klasko believes health care in America is about to change radically, from doctor-focused to patients-focused; from hospital-centered to home-centered. And it's going to become much less expensive. The region that takes advantage of the shift first will be a big winner.
"We're talking about Tampa Bay being able to take a leadership role in reinventing the health-care industry. And we're perfectly poised to do that," said organizer Rick Homans of the Tampa/Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.
Homans believes USF's research clout, Moffitt's leadership in cancer treatment and the concentration of medical device-makers in the bay area give us an edge.
"We'll reap some incredible benefits and rewards out of it in terms of new jobs and companies," said Homans.
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