Tom Sommer

Tom Sommer

President, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC)


Health IT Hubs: State-of-the-State

Looking forward, the answers to tough questions facing regional markets will define the future and success of healthcare nationally. How can organizations manage cost by rendering healthcare less labor intensive while at the same time offering customization on a mass scale? How can we shift the balance of power to the patient in the evolving care model? Can patients ever truly be in control of their health if all of their most basic data isn’t accurate, available in one place and readily accessible? What political and ethical changes must occur to support these shifts?

Regions around the country are answering these questions differently. The Twin Cities, San Francisco, Boston and Nashville are hubs where trends are being carefully observed and expanded upon. Hear from chief executives of state-based industry associations who will provide a high-level SWOT analysis of their regions. Learn about the nuances in each state and how we can better deliver on the triple aim of lower cost, improved quality and better health by working together. Q&A to follow.

What you’ll learn:

  • How health IT priorities vary state-by-state and what we can do to connect the dots to transform national outcomes
  • Common challenges and opportunities based on healthcare sectors more prominently represented in each state
  • How to connect these regions to facilitate business development and improve healthcare outcomes statewide and globally
  • Areas of predicted entrepreneurial growth by region


Tom Sommer was named the first president of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) in October 1996 by the organization’s founding Board of Directors. Since that time, Sommer has served as the association’s Chief Executive Officer, managing its day-to-day operations and working with medical device industry executives in developing its policy agenda. Since its establishment, MassMEDIC has grown to 300 member companies – manufacturers and developers of medical products, suppliers, research institutions and academic health centers – and has advanced the public policy interests of the Massachusetts medical device sector on Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, and before various federal and state agencies.