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VIDEO: AGA’s technology center helps innovators overcome hurdles



The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology is a unique assembly of physicians with different skill sets who work together with the goal of identifying new technologies and methods of care delivery, and then work with the innovators who came up with these ideas to help them find the path forward to routine clinical practice.

This means helping gastroenterology innovators deal with regulatory agencies, payers, and health systems, steps that are critical for getting new technologies adopted and reimbursed, Dr. Michael L. Kochman said in an interview. “The problem for innovators are the regulatory and reimbursement hurdles. The center is very good at helping people learn how to build the evidence base to overcome these hurdles.”

A key facet of the center’s efforts on behalf of innovators is organizing the annual AGA Technology Summit, held this year on March 19 and 20 in San Francisco. The summit brings together representatives of payers, health systems, the Food and Drug Administration, and other regulatory agencies, as well as physicians, corporate leaders, innovators, and leading-edge thinkers, to collectively work through major issues in bringing gastroenterology innovations into practice, said Dr. Kochman, chair of the center and professor of medicine and director of endoscopic education at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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