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Empowering Inclusive Patient-Centric Engagement: Recap of PEP!IN's Participation in the 2024 Annual Patient Summit




We were honored to participate in the thought-provoking and transformative 2024 Annual Patient Summit. Hosted by the Science of Patient Input (SPI) program at MDIC, this event brought together patients, FDA representatives, health equity champions, and medical device industry executives for insightful discussions and impactful presentations.

The summit agenda was packed with engaging sessions, covering a wide range of topics crucial to advancing patient engagement and health equity in medical device development.


The summit was hosted by Kert Gunasekaran, Science of Patient Input Director at MDIC, and brought together thought leaders, industry experts, and patient advocates to discuss pressing issues in healthcare and patient engagement. With an agenda packed with insightful sessions, including empowering inclusive patient-centric engagement and overcoming diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) barriers in clinical trials, participants gained valuable perspectives on driving positive change in the healthcare landscape.


PEP!IN's Insightful Segment: During our segment, Dr. Melva Covington, Co-Founder and Managing Director of PEP!IN, Tamara R. Allen, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Marketing Officer of PEP!IN, and Ms. Deidre S. O'Neil, PEP!IN Patient Ambassador, shared compelling insights on the importance of inclusive patient engagement. Emphasizing the need for diverse representation and patient-centered approaches, our panel underscored the significance of ensuring that all voices are heard in healthcare decision-making processes. Through real-life examples and practical strategies, we explored ways to enhance patient-centric engagement and promote equitable access to medical technologies.


Key Takeaways:

  • Challenges faced by patients and patient advisors in interacting with medical technologies and manufacturers

  • Practical considerations for advancing health equity in access to medical technologies

  • Logistical considerations in the design and development of Patient Engagement and Input Clinical Trials (CT)

  • Industry best practices for integrating patient input into medical device development

About Science of Patient Input (SPI) & MDIC: MDIC's Science of Patient Input program is at the forefront of enhancing industry's patient focus and improving patient engagement throughout the medical device development process. Through collaborative efforts, SPI and MDIC aims to benefit patients and caregivers by fostering a culture of inclusivity and patient-centeredness in healthcare innovation.


Conclusion: As we reflect on the insightful discussions and impactful presentations from the 2024 Annual Patient Summit, PEP!IN remains committed to championing inclusive patient-centric engagement. By amplifying diverse voices and promoting equitable access to healthcare technologies, we strive to drive positive change and advance health equity for all. Join us in our mission to empower patients and create a more inclusive healthcare ecosystem.


Recorded on November 9, 2023


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