FemTech Rises to the Top of STAT’s Annual Health Tech Summit Agenda

Diversity took center stage at the 2021 STAT Health Tech Summit, which kicked off virtually May 11 and 12th, with a plea to the digital health industry: It’s time to think about women’s health more broadly.

“Women’s health and reproductive health are often conflated, but it’s a lot more nuanced than that,” said Leslie Schreck, author, entrepreneur and investor. There are chronic health problems like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes that can raise the risk for pregnancy-related complication, for example.

Meanwhile, maternal health outcomes are abysmal, especially for women of color. Black women are 2-3x more likely to die during pregnancy than white women.

This points to another major issue – there are huge inequities in healthcare related to a person’s socioeconomic status that have severe consequences on health costs and outcomes.

Fortunately, the STAT Health agenda was filled with people and innovations that are transforming healthcare delivery for large communities with unmet needs. From CityBlock, which works with insurance providers to address gaps in community care, to Folx Health, which uses telehealth solutions to provide quality care to the LGTBQIA+ community, we’ve just reached the tipping point of what healthcare innovation can achieve.

“[Technology] creates the opportunity to create more…focused and more tailored offerings to…make people feel heard [and]address their concerns,” said Steven Gutentag, CEO and Co-Founder of Thirty Madison. “I think that’s why you’re seeing different approaches come to market right now.”

For executives and comms teams hoping to gain a spot-on next year’s speaker roster, here are a few things we learned:

  1. Reach out early. The competition to participate in STAT’s annual summit is fierce! That goes for speaking and sponsorship. Presenting sponsors and fireside chat packages were booked by mid-February. By March, there were more than 80 applicants for just a handful of slots, and that doesn’t include the ideas the STAT team had about how they would fill them.
  2. If there was ever a time to diversify, it was yesterday. This was clear in both the speaker lineup, which gave the virtual stage to more women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ speakers and topics. It’s time to pass the mic!
  3. Consider focusing on these core elements for your submission:
    1. Detail on the speaker
    2. Why what they have to say is important
    3. A sense of scale — company funding, accomplishments, measurements of audience
  4. Bonus Points if you have a patient who is willing to share a first-hand experience with your technology.


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May 20, 2021


By Samantha Pierce